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Prep hoops Wednesday, the latest: Volcano Vista advances; Valley KOs Hope

Cleveland’s Aamer Muhammad (24) is blocked by Onate’s Ricky Lujan (5) and Damione Thomas, right, during the 5A boys quarterfial at Dreamstyle Arena — the Pit. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

The action continues Wednesday with 24 games at three venues for the state high school basketball tournament. Check for updates here and in Thursday’s Journal print edition.

 

CLASS 5A BOYS (click here for the bracket)

Wednesday’s quarterfinals of the Class 5A boys basketball state tournament were all about pressure — who applied it, and who could withstand it.

Eldorado could not, nor could Oñate. Hobbs went after the top seed for 32 minutes, but fell just short.

Santa Fe, Cleveland, Atrisco Heritage and Volcano Vista were remaining in the field after victories at Dreamstyle Arena.

Santa Fe plays Volcano Vista at 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the first 5A semifinal, with Cleveland starting at 8:15 p.m. against Atrisco Heritage.

No. 1 VOLCANO VISTA 65, No. 8 HOBBS 60: The Hawks (23-4) were forced into 24 turnovers, and were threatened the entire way by the Eagles (21-8), but Volcano Vista answered the bell throughout an intense fourth quarter and held on to advance.

“Hobbs is as tough as any team that we’ve played this year,” Hawks coach Greg Brown said.

All those grinding district wars over the last six weeks of the regular season seemed to yield a huge dividend Wednesday for Volcano Vista.

“It played a big part in getting us ready,” said senior forward Jalontae Gray, who had 12 points, seven rebounds and a team-best five assists. “Going through those six weeks made us tough, strong.”

Point guard Dion Battle scored nine of his 12 points in the final eight minutes for Volcano Vista, including going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Battle was one of a handful of Hawks who scored at crucial moments with Hobbs trailing by a single possession in the second half.

In the fourth quarter, that included a 3-pointer by Jake Deatherage, four straight free throws by Battle, a putback by Cesar Madrid wth 2:53 to go, and a layup by freshman guard Ja’Kwon Hill with 37.6 seconds remaining. The Hill basket put Volcano Vista ahead 62-58 just seconds after Eagles’ fearless freshman Jalen Goar narrowly missed a go-ahead 3-pointer.

“We needed depth today,” Brown said. “Because Hobbs has depth. If we didn’t have a bench, the outcome would have been different.”

Madrid led the Hawks with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Brundon Pettit had 14 points, including a couple of very long 3-pointers, to lead Hobbs.

“Their pressure is relentless,” Brown said of Hobbs. “Most teams that press us, they turn it on and off, more than Hobbs. With Hobbs, it’s on and it stays on. It felt like we were outnumbered throughout the entire game.”

— James Yodice

No. 1 VOLCANO VISTA 65, No. 8 HOBBS 60
HOBBS (21-8): Rae Tarin 3-10 0-0 7, Dylan Condarco 0-1 0-0 0, Quintrel Vanhook 0-2 0-0 0, Brundon Pettit 4-14 3-6 14, Jalen Goar 5-9 0-0 13, Jalen Young 4-10 0-0 9, Isaiah Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Isaiah Chavarria 2-6 4-8 8, Teren Smith 0-5 2-2 2, Soverign Anthony 0-1 0-0 0, Jaime Rivera 3-6 0-0 7.  Totals 21-65 9-16 60.
VOLCANO VISTA (23-4): Jake Deatherage 4-8 0-0 11, Ja’Kwon Hill 2-4 0-0 5, Kaden Valdez 0-0 0-0 0, Cesar Madrid 7-12 0-4 14, Dion Battle 2-4 6-6 12, Jacob Aragon 1-5 0-0 2, Ben Manzano 1-2 0-0 2, Jalontae Gray 4-10 3-4 12, Terrin Dickey 3-5 1-2 7.  Totals 24-50 10-16 65.
Hobbs             15     14      9     22 — 60
Volcano Vista  15     13    16     21 — 65
3-point goals: H 9-29 (Goar 3-6, Pettit 3-7, Tarin 1-6, Young 1-5, Rivera 1-1, Smith 0-2, Chavarria 0-1, Vanhook 0-1); VV 7-14 (Deatherage 3-4, Battle 2-3, Hill 1-2, Gray 1-4, Manzano 0-1). Rebounds: H 32 (Rivera 9); VV 51 (Madrid 9). Assists: H 7 (Pettit 2); VV 12 (Gray 5). Total fouls: H 17; VV 15. Fouled out: H, Young; VV, Dickey.

No. 5 SANTA FE 64, No. 4 ELDORADO 56: The Demons’ first Pit game in 13 years was a rousing success, as Santa Fe (23-7) led from start to finish against the Eagles (22-7).The difference, plainly speaking, was turnovers. Santa Fe forced Eldorado into 20 of them, while committing a season-low three of its own.

“That was the game plan: pressure them and take care of the ball against them,” Demons coach Zack Cole said, adding, “That’s what happens when you have strong senior guards.”

The Eagles were made to feel uncomfortable from the start, as Santa Fe scored the first nine points, capped by Antonio Lovato’s 3-pointer.

“That was just our energy,” Lovato said. “Start fast and end fast.”

Santa Fe trapped and pressed Eldorado point guard Tyler Quintana whenever possible, in an effort to wear him down, Cole said.

“Our motto is, ‘Never easy,'” Cole said.

At halftime, Santa Fe led 37-30, and the turnover comparison was 13-1.

“They’re relentless,” Eldorado coach Roy Sanchez said. “What it led to was a lot of layups.”

When the Demons stopped pressuring, Eldorado slowly inched back into the game — briefly — in the third quarter. A 7-0 run brought the Eagles to within four a 45-41 in the final two minutes of the quarter.

Carlos Dassaro and Lovato scored early in the fourth quarter for a 51-41 Santa Fe lead, however, and the Eagles never threatened again.

Quintana finished with 26 points. He was 2 of 4 from the arc in the first half, but just 1 of 8 after halftime.

— James Yodice

No. 5 SANTA FE 64, No. 4 ELDORADO 56
SANTA FE (23-7): Christian Kavanaugh 4-9 1-2 11, Cruz Martinez 3-11 0-0 6, Antonio Lovato 6-12 5-5 18, Derek Carlton 1-3 0-0 2, Derrick Solano 2-4 0-2 4, Dove Hernandez 0-2 0-0 0, Carlos Dassaro 7-12 0-1 15, Ramon Roybal 2-3 0-0 5, Cody Garcia 1-5 0-0 3, Paul Lovato 0-0 0-0 0.  Totals 26-61 6-10 64.
ELDORADO (22-7): Tyler Quintana 9-22 5-7 26, Cameron Carter 1-5 2-2 5, Devin Domina-Lovato 0-2 1-2 1, Matt Vigil 0-2 0-0 0, Deraje Agbaosi 2-3 4-6 8, Corbin Coon 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Riach 0-0 0-0 0, Garrett Warren 6-8 4-7 16.  Totals 18-43 16-24 56.
Santa Fe     18     19     10     17 — 64
Eldorado     12     18     11     15 — 56
3-point goals: SF 6-24 (Kavanaugh 2-4, Garcia 1-5, Lovato 1-4, Dassaro 1-3, Roybal 1-2, Martinez 0-3, Solano 0-2, Hernandez 0-1); E 4-19 (Quintana 3-12, Carter 1-5, Vigil 0-1, Domina-Lovato 0-1).  Rebounds: SF 27 (Martinez 7); E 45 (Agbaosi 12). Assists: SF 14 (Martinez 5); E 3 (Quintana, Carter, Domina-Lovato). Total fouls: SF 15; E 13.

No. 7 CLEVELAND 84, No. 15 ONATE 52: The Storm’s starters combined for 67 points and combined to shoot over 61 percent from the floor, and a 15-2 run to open the second quarter was all the separation Cleveland (26-6) needed to advance.Aamer Muhammad and Joshua Tarry both scored 18 points for Cleveland, and each was 7-of-11 from the field. And the Storm defense, as is its trademark, got after the Knights.

“I think we kind of froze under that pressure at times,” Oñate coach Michael Nañez said.

Cleveland forced a dozen turnovers in the first half, which ended with the Storm in front 43-26.

“I think when we play defense to offense, it works out great for us,” Tarry said.

Cleveland had 25 fast-break points compared to four for Oñate (19-12), and much of that was due to the Knights’ turnovers. That included constant attention on Oñate junior guard Ricky Lujan, who had company everywhere he went.

“We had to trap him, not let him get easy looks,” Cleveland coach Sean Jimenez said. “We play against some really good guards in our district … I told them, it’s not like it’s something we haven’t seen all year.”

Muhammad, a club teammate of Lujan, had the assignment a good part of the game of defending Lujan.

“There’s no way you can really defend him, unless you set a trap on him,” said Muhammad.

Lujan finished with 15 points, well below his average, and almost half of those 15 came in the first quarter, the only quarter in which Oñate was competitive. It ended in a 19-19 tie.

“We needed other guys to step up,” Nañez said. “Against Las Cruces (in the first round), other guys stepped up.”

Jalen Munn had a solid 15 points for Cleveland. Nathan Hasberry came off the bench to score 11, including six in that aforementioned 15-2, second-quarter run.

— James Yodice
No. 7 CLEVELAND 84, No. 15 ONATE 52
ONATE (19-12): Jordy Moreno 5-12 1-3 11, Ricky Lujan 6-15 2-2 15, Derek Silva 3-4 2-2 9, Joshua Phillips 1-5 0-0 3, Wesley Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, Erick Meraz 1-5 0-0 2, Javan Hollins 1-2 0-0 2, Dominic Rivera 0-2 0-0 0, Anjel Oliver 2-3 0-0 4, Noah Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Damione Thomas 3-5 0-0 6.  Totals 22-53 5-7 52.
CLEVELAND (26-6): Tre Watson 3-7 2-4 8, Trey Ortega 0-1 0-0 0, Evan Gonzales 0-5 0-0 0, Jalen Munn 5-7 5-5 15, Nathan Hasberry 4-11 1-2 10, Jeff Davison 1-2 0-0 3, Nakqi Smith 2-3 3-4 8, Aidan Moreno 1-3 0-0 2, Aamer Muhammad 7-11 3-3 18, Joshua Tarry 7-11 0-0 18, Lucas Lovato 1-2 0-0 2.  Totals 31-63 14-18 84.
Onate        19      7     17      9  — 52
Cleveland  19    24     16    25  — 84
3-point goals: O 3-11 (Silva 1-1, Lujan 1-2, J.Phillips 1-4, Meraz 0-2, Rivera 0-2); C 8-17 (Tarry 4-5, Hasberry 1-1, Davison 1-2, Smith 1-2, Muhammad 1-2, Gonzales 0-3, Lovato 0-1, Watson 0-1). Rebounds: O 34 (Moreno 16); C 35 (Watson 7). Assists: O 10 (Silva 3); C 14 (Smith 5). Total fouls: O 16; C 14.

No. 6 ATRISCO HERITAGE 77, No. 3 RIO RANCHO 58: Junior guard Joziah Ramos had 25 points and a career-high 13 assists as the Jaguars (20-7) kept their state title defense alive with a victory over the Rams (20-9).Atrisco Heritage blitzed Rio Rancho in the middle two quarters, outscoring the Rams 39-17. The Jaguars had lost both District 1-5A contests to Rio Rancho but were itching to square off with the Rams.

“We just felt like we were the better team,” Atrisco coach Adrian Ortega said. “They’re a great team, but we felt like (the two district losses) got away from us, and we wanted a chance to get back at them.”

In winning the second quarter 24-7, the Jaguars buried six 3-pointers, including three by reserve guard Dominic Rivas. There was a 10-0 run that broke a 21-all tie, including a five-point trip that featured two free throws off a technical foul, and a 3 by Rivas.

“I loved it,” Ramos said of Rivas’ shooting. “When his time comes, he makes it happen.”

“An unsung hero,” was how Ortega described Rivas. “He knows his role and he’s a total team (guy).”

Atrisco Heritage led 36-25 at halftime, and was up 51-30 near the end of the third quarter. Rio Rancho did get as close as nine points midway through the fourth quarter, but the rally ended there.

In his final game, Rio Rancho senior guard David Patterson had 29 points and eight rebounds.

Marquis Crawford added 16 points and Isaiah Brooks 13 for Atrisco Heritage, which shot a robust 60 percent (27 of 45) from the field and 8 of 16 (50 percent) from the arc.

— James Yodice
No. 6 ATRISCO HERITAGE 77, No. 6 RIO RANCHO 58
ATRISCO HERITAGE (20-7): Dominic Rivas 3-5 0-0 9, Isaiah Brooks 4-8 3-4 13, Joziah Ramos 7-11 8-10 25, DeMarcus Sutphen 1-3 1-4 3, Marquis Crawford 8-9 0-0 16, D.J. Ornelas 0-0 0-0 0, Elijah Gaxiola 4-8 1-2 9, Elijah Sims 0-1 0-0 0, Malachi Hernandez 0-0 2-2 2.  Totals 27-45 15-22 77.
RIO RANCHO (20-9): Junior Hodnett 1-2 0-0 2, David Patterson 10-20 7-9 29, Isaiah Chavez 2-6 0-0 5, Vance Rudolph 0-1 0-0 0, Royce Olney 0-1 0-0 0, Marcus Guerra 0-0 0-0 0, Christian Lucero 2-4 1-2 5, Owen Olney 3-6 0-0 6, Cash Carrasco 1-2 0-0 0, Adam Wilcox 0-0 0-1 0, Blaine Gallegos 3-10 3-4 9, Tyrese Watson 0-0 0-0 0.  Totals 22-52 11-16 58.
Atrisco Heritage    12     24     15     26 — 77
Rio Rancho           18      7     10      23 — 58
3-point goals: AH 8-16 (Rivas 3-5, Ramos 3-4, Brooks 2-6, Gaxiola 0-1); RR 3-15 (Patterson 2-8, Chavez 1-3, Rudolph 0-1, Hodnett 0-1, R.Olney 0-1, O.Olney 0-1). Rebounds: AH 24 (Sutphen 7); RR 36 (Gallegos 12). Assists: AH 19 (Ramos 13); RR 7 (Lucero 3). Total fouls: AH 15; RR 20. Technicals: RR, Gallegos; AH, Ramos.

CLASS 4A BOYS (click here for the bracket)

NO. 3 SILVER 54, NO. 6 GODDARD 50: On the heels of a lackluster three-point second quarter, the Fighting Colts had some soul-searching to do in the locker room at halftime.

While Silver was only down 20-19, Goddard had seized the momentum thanks to a stifling defensive effort that sparked a Rockets rally from a 14-6 first-quarter deficit. That’s when Silver decided to focus on the basics.

“We said jump shots and free throws, sometimes they don’t travel, but defense does,” Silver coach Brandon Siqueiros said. “That’s the one trademark that we’ve had over the last 12 years since I’ve been coach. We said let’s get stops, and let our stops turn into shots. That’s what I wrote on the board.”

Behind the play of seniors Tristin Moore and Jonathan Harris, the Fighting Colts (26-4) regained the lead for good late in the third quarter and held off a gritty Rockets (19-10) squad the rest of the way. Moore scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half to lead all scorers, while Harris added 11 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.

“I believe that these are the two best players in the state,” Siqueiros said of Moore and Harris.  “We have to believe that. And if we don”t, then we have no business being here.”

A corner 3 from Moore gave Silver its largest lead of the game at 46-38 with 1:24 remaining, but Goddard wouldn’t go away. The Rockets cut the deficit to 51-48 with 10 seconds left on a Brandon Montanez trey, but Moore effectively sealed the victory by converting a pair of opportunities at the line on Silver’s next possession.

“At halftime we just decided to man up, start playing with some more balls,” Moore said. “Hold on to the ball, box out. It paid off. We played tougher in the second half.”

Jon Carrillo led Goddard with 15 points, while Derek Carrica chipped in 10 for the Rockets.

—Tristen Critchfield

NO. 3 SILVER 54, NO. 6 GODDARD 50

GODDARD (19-10): Jonah Chavez 1-7 1-2 4, Brandon Montanez 2-9 4-5 9, Noah Reese 1-2 1-2 4, Jon Carrillo 7-12 0-0 15, Xavier Garcia 2-7 0-0 6, Hunter Beene 1-3 0-1 2, Derek Carrica 5-17 0-2 10. Totals 19-57 6-12 50.

SILVER (25-4): Jonathan Harris 4-11 3-6 11, Tristin Moore 7-18 10-11 27, Matt Overstreet 0-3 2-2 2, Junior Melendez 0-3 3-4 3, Steven Cross 1-2 0-0 2, Alex Marquez 2-2 0-0 4, Josh Kennedy 2-3 1-4 5. Totals 16-42 19-27 54.

Goddard 11  9    9  21—50

Silver 16  3  11  24—54

3-Point Goals—Goddard 6-20 (Chavez 1-4, Montanez 1-4, Reese 1-1, Carrillo 1-3, Garcia 2-7, Carrica 0-1), Silver 3-8 (Harris 0-1, Moore 3-6, Overstreet 0-1). Assists—Goddard 12 (Chavez, Montanez, Carrillo 3), Silver 8 (Moore 4). Fouled Out — Goddard (Montanez), Silver (Cross, Marquez). Rebounds—Goddard 34 (Chavez 7), Silver 44 (Harris 17).  Total Fouls—Goddard 23, Silver 17.

 

No. 7 VALLEY 61, No. 2 HOPE CHRISTIAN 57: No stones or slingshots required in this modern biblical retelling.  Instead, a dribble-drive offense and active post defense felled a Goliath in boys high school basketball.

The No. 7 Valley Vikings (15-13) upset six-time defending state champion No. 2 Hope Christian (20-9) in quarterfinal action at Dreamstyle Arena.

“Hope is very deserving of the titles,” Valley coach Joe Coleman said.  “If somebody had to beat them I’m glad it was us.”

Derick Chavez paced Valley with 18 points including 5-of-6 from the foul line.  Grant Ulibarri and Collin Evans each scored 16 for Hope Christian.

Familiar foes playing for the fifth time this season, Valley outscored Hope Christian 20-11 in the second quarter and held a 49-38 lead into the fourth quarter.  The Huskies used 3-point shooting from Ulibarri and Johnny Nitafan to draw level at 51 with 3:56 left.

“We started using our legs more on our shots, we wanted to push the temp,” Ulibarri said.  “We just want to drive to the hole and get some open threes.”

Valley spread its half-court offense to create driving lines.  Valley guards Chavez and Seyi Oyeku consistently troubled the Huskies.

Oyeku scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and his runner broke the late deadlock.  He grabbed a defensive rebound on the other end before the Vikings Jevon Baker muscled in for two more.  A run-out off another miss stretched the Vikings lead to 57-51 with 1:28 to play.

“We wanted to space the floor out,” Oyeku said.  “Spread the floor [because] they don’t want to guard us that high out.  They had to pressure, so we spread the floor out and kept on attacking and doing the same thing.”

Hope Christian cut the deficit to 57-55 before Oyeku and Chavez hit free throws in the final seconds to seal the upset.

“We spread open the court and got a lot of more wide open shots,” Chavez said.

Each team made 21 field goals but Hope Christian took 53 shots to 37 for Valley. The Huskies were just 5-of-18 fon 3s and were unable to establish a post presence offensively.

“We didn’t do a good job early in the game getting the ball inside getting the tempo up,” Hope Christian coach Jim Murphy said.

Looking for a second half spark, Hope Christian extended its defense and trapped the ball.

“We’re a fast paced team, we don’t really like to slow down,” Evans said. “We just push the ball.  It’s easier to play on the break.”

Valley plays No. 3 Silver in the semifinals on Thursday.

NO. 7 VALLEY 61, No. 2 HOPE CHRISTIAN 57

No. 2 HOPE CHRISTIAN (20-9): Johnny Nitafan 4-16 0-0 10, Isaiah Dockery 3-12 0-3 6, John Trejo 0-0 1-2 1, Ryan Cosper 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Burns 0-0 0-0 0, Dru Ulibarri 2-6 2-2 6, Jaden Spencer 1-1 0-0 2, Grant Ulibarri 5-10 4-4 16, Zac Melton 0-0 0-0 0,  Collin Evans 6-8 3-4 16.  Totals 21-53 2-4 57.

No. 7 VALLEY (15-13): Derick Chavez 5-11 5-6 18, Adam Giron 3-5 4-7 11, Garret Mosley 2-3 0-1 4, Gio Casaus 0-0 0-0 0, Seyi Oyeku 6-8 3-7 15, Tim Gonzales 0-1 0-0 0, Caleb Barret 1-1 0-0 3, Mateo Hernandez 0-0 0-0 0, Jevon Baker 4-8 2-3 10. Totals 21-37 14-24 61.

Hope Christian   13    11    14    19    — 57

Valley                 12    20    17    12    — 61

3-Point Goals—Hope Christian 5-18 (Nitafan 2, G Ulibarri 2) Valley 5-11 (Chavez 3).  Assists—Hope Christian 10 (G Ulibarri 3, Dockery 3), Valley 10 (Chavez 2, Giron 2, Mosley 2).  Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Hope Christian 31 (Evans 11), Valley 32 (Giron 6). Total Fouls—Hope Christian 21, Valley 16.  Technical Fouls—None.

 

NO. 1 LOS LUNAS 66, NO. 9 TAOS 46: Los Lunas opened the game on a 16-4 run and never let up from there in cruising past Taos.

Los Lunas (26-3) built upon its advantage throughout, as it led by eight after one quarter, 11 after two and 16 after three. Taos (20-9) never got closer than 11 points for the duration of the second half.

Los Lunas’ Bryce Santan (42), shoots past Taos’ Abdul Khweis. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

“We talk a lot about being the tougher team,” said Los Lunas coach Travis Julian. “This team has had a theme of extending leads in the second half. We do a lot of conditioning — we take pride in being in shape. I think that’s a big part of it, is that these guys don’t wear down and they tend to get stronger as the game goes on.”

That especially held true on the defensive end. Taos shot just 25-for-52 (29 percent) for the game. That figure dropped to 26 percent in the second half, as Taos struggled to get clean looks at the basket against Los Lunas’ man-to-man defense.

“They’re really long, they challenge you at the basket,” said Taos coach Hernando Chavez. “It’s tough to get anything against them. They just get after you and ‘D’ you up. They make everything difficult for you.”

Darius Haywood helped spark Los Lunas’ initial outburst, scoring eight of his game-high 18 — including a pair of 3s —  in the opening moments of the first quarter as his team built a 12-point advantage at the outset. Los Lunas shot 50 percent from the floor as a team for the game.

“We always want to run good offense,” Julian said. “What happens when we get to a fast start is an example of the confidence these kids have. These kids have put in a lot of time and they’re very confident.”

Haywood was one of four Los Lunas players in double figures, as he was joined by Joseph Dominguez (12), Aj Garcia (11) and Bryce Santana (10). Meanwhile, Zalen Zeller stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with eight points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Abdul Khweis paced Taos with 18 points.

—Tristen Critchfield

NO. 1 LOS LUNAS 66, NO. 9 TAOS 46

TAOS (20-9): Derek Chacon 3-8 1-2 9, Justin Madrid 3-12 2-5 9, Quinn Moon 2-9 1-4 6, Martin Jaramillo 0-0 0-0 0, Abdul Khweis 7-19 3-6 18, Husam Khweis 0-1 0-0 0, Alejandro Gonzales 0-0 2-2 2, Angel Limas 0-0 2-2 2, Noah Armijo 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 15-52 11-21 46.

LOS LUNAS (26-3): Jacob Sanchez 1-1 0-0 2, Josiah Navarro 2-2 1-1 5, Aj Garcia 4-8 2-3 11, Joseph Dominguez 5-12 2-2 12, Darius Haywood 6-9 3-4 18, Zanen Zeller 3-11 2-2 8, Cody Vocu -1 0-0 0, Cris Morales 0-0 0-0 0, Bryce Santana 4-6 2-3 10. Totals 25-50 12-15 66.

Taos 10  14    7  15—46

Los Lunas 18  17  12  19—66

3-Point Goals— Taos 5-17 (Chacon 2-3, Madrid 1-6, Moon 1-2, A. Khweis 1-5, H. Khweis 0-1), Los Lunas 4-11 (Garcia 1-2, Dominguez 0-1, Haywood 3-5, Zeller 0-3). Assists—Taos 6 (Chacon, Jaramillo, A. Khweis 2), Los Lunas 15 (Zeller 7). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Taos 34 (Armijo 10), Los Lunas 41 (Garcia 11). Total Fouls—Taos 16, Los Lunas 22.

 No. 12 DEL NORTE 55, No. 4 GALLUP 49: For the second time in three years, Del Norte’s boys reached the state semifinals as a double-digit seed.

The 12th-seeded Knights used a 15-0 run that covered the first and second quarters en route to a 55-49 victory over No. 4-seeded Gallup in the 4A quarterfinals Wednesday night at Dreamstyle Arena.

Del Norte (16-13) faces top-seeded Los Lunas Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s kind of surreal, still,” said Del Norte coach Jeron McIntosh. “I’m still shaking from (the game). We just believe in ourselves and in each other.”

Jordan Neilsen scored a game-high 16 points for the Knights, and he hit one of his four 3-pointers during the first-half spurt to turn a 9-8 deficit with 2:09 left in the first quarter into a 23-9 lead with just over three minutes left in the first half.

Gallup (23-7) didn’t help its own cause, either, hitting just 2 of 9 shots from the field in the second stanza, while committing eight turnovers.

“I think it was our comfortability,” said Gallup coach Joshua Dunlap. “I don’t think we got comfortable until the second half. Some games we were like that, and some games we come out hitting it. There’s no excuses…I just thought we were tight.”

 The Bengals’ Isaac Bustinza hit a three late in the first half to pull his team to within 27-16, and the momentum continued over the first six minutes of the third quarter.

After Neilsen hit a 3 in the first minute of the third, Gallup embarked on a 14-2 spurt pulling to within 32-30 after a pair of Brad Lynch free throws.

Del Norte responded with the final seven points of the third capped by a Neilsen corner 3, and stretched its lead to as many as 14 in the fourth quarter.

“We knew we had each other, and we weren’t going to give up just because they got on a run,” said Del Norte senior Matt Antonio, who finished with nine points and eight boards.

Gallup freshman Joaquin Ortega led his team with 13 points and eight rebounds.

— Patrick Newell

No. 12 DEL NORTE 55, No. 4 GALLUP 47

DEL NORTE (16-13):  Johnethen Wilkens 1-3 0-1 2, Bryant Brock Jr. 0-3 2-2 2, David flores 1-2 7-10 9, Malik Barton 4-5 0-1 8, Chris Coche 2-5 2-2 6, Josh Tellez 1-2 0-0 2, Andrew Holmes 0-3 1-3 1, Matt Antonio 4-10 0-0 9, Jordan Neilsen 6-9 0-0 16. Totals 19-42 12-19 55.

GALLUP (23-7):  Quentin Richards 0-1 0-0 0, Seth Manuelito 1-3 0-0 2, Isaac Bustinza 4-15 0-4 10, Quincy Smith 4-4 4-6 12, Tyron Barber 0-1 0-0 0, Tyrell Begay 1-3 0-2 2; Quinn Atazhoon 0-9 2-4 2, Joaquin Ortega 6-11 1-4 13, Josh Lynch 1-2 0-0 2, Brad Lynch 2-4 2-2 6. Totals:  19-53 9-22 49

Del Norte  12 15  12  16–55

Gallup       9   7  14   19–49

3-Point goals—Del Norte 5-10 (Neilsen 4-5, Antonio 1-1, Holmes 0-1, Tellez 0-1, Coche 0-1, Brock Jr. 0-1). Gallup 2-17 (Businza 2-9, Atazhoon 0-3, B. Lynch 0-1, Ortega 0-1, Begay 0-1, Manuelito 0-1, Richards 0-1).  Assists—Del Norte 11 (Barton 3,  Flores 3), Gallup 10 (Q. Smith 6). Rebounds—Del Norte 36 (Antonio 8), Gallup 41 (Atazhoon 8, Ortega 8). Total fouls–Del Norte 22, Gallup 20. Fouled out—Del Norte,  Neilsen, Wilkens.

 

CLASS 3A BOYS (click here for bracket)

No. 1 ST. MICHAEL’S 74, No. 8 WEST LAS VEGAS 34: It took just about three minutes for the Horsemen (21-8) to show their District 2-3A mates that the Dons’ one-point, overtime win in Las Vegas last month may have been a thing of the past, but certainly was not forgotten.

“We really looked forward to getting another shot at them and trying to beat them,” said St. Mike’s forward Hayden Lee, who scored 15 points. “It really gave us the motivation.”

St. Michael’s ran off to a quick 7-0 lead, then backed that up with another with a 7-0 run and by the end of the first quarter led 16-6. Chuck in a 10-2 run to open the second quarter and the Horsemen had a 26-8 lead that would not fall into the single digits the rest of the way.

“They had a little bit of a chip on their shoulder, and I don’t blame them,” said Dons coach Clyde Sanchez. “We kind of derailed them there for a little bit with that game that we won. They were hungry and they did a great job.”

The Horsemen were given pretty clear guidelines coming it the game, said coach David Rodriguez.

“Play defense, run the floor and rebound like your life depends on it,” he said. “That was a simple message and everybody did that. We got on the floor for balls and we beat them to the glass. We were two or three steps ahead instead of a step behind like we were in Las Vegas.”

St. Mike’s also threw a lock-down defense at the Dons, holding them to 15-of-50 shooting, including 1-of-13 on 3-pointers.

“The arena doesn’t help and that NBA line out there, I don’t know why they still have it out there,” Sanchez said. “It kind of tricks the kids. So I think they think they’re closer than they are but at the end of the day, it’s a pretty long shot. … But yeah, we didn’t do a really good job with our 3-point shooting.”

The Horsemen wreaked havoc with WLV’s possessions, forcing 20 steals through 18 steals and turning those into 28 points.

This is “where the kids believed they could be all year long,” Rodriguez said. “They worked for it. They believed in each other and they’ve done it together. It’s not a surprise to us. We’re really happy for each other. The kids get along so well. They got on each other, they argue with each other. They kid each other, but they push each other.”

— Glen Rosales

No. 1 ST. MICHAEL’S 74, No. 8 WEST LAS VEGAS 34

WEST LAS VEGAS (15-15): Isaiah Paiz 0-1, 1-2 3; DJ Bryon 6-14, 1-5 13; John Balazan 2-8, 0-1 4; Estevan Gonzalez 1-3 0-2 2; Joseph Martinez 2-6 0-2 4 ; Antonio Bustamante 0-6, 0-0 0; Damian Gallegos 3-7 0-0 6; Dylan Gallegos 0-0 0-1 0; Anders Ullibarri 0-0 0-0 0; Emilio Gonzales 1-2 0-0 2; Pablo Leyba 0-2 202 2; Josh Ortega 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-50 3-11 34.

ST. MICHAEL’S (21-8): Thomas Wood 3-8 0-0 6; Victor Otero 0-20-0 0; Jevon Montoya 4-7 2-2 11; Dominic Morgan 2-4 4-6 8; Connor Glatz 0-1 5-6 5; Jacob Roybal 1-2 0-0 3; Hayden Lee 6-8 3-3 15; Dillon Montoya 0-1 0-0 0; Lucas Coriz 2-3 1-2 5; Devin Flores 2-2 3-4 8; Derek McQuiston 3-4 0-0 6; Berkeley Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0; Kennis Romero 2-2 0-0 5; Rico Gurule 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 26-48 18-23 74.

West Las Vegas    6        10      7        11—34

St. Michael’s        16      20      22      16– 74

3-point FGs: WLV 1-13 (Bryon 1-5, Balazan 0-4, Leyba 0-2, Da Gallegos 0-1, Bustamante 0-1); SM 4-10 (Romero 1-1, Flores 1-1, Roybal 1-1, Montoya 1-2, Morgan 0-2, Wood 0-1, Otero 0-1). Rebounding: WLV 33 (Bryon 8); SM 34 (Lee 6). Assists: WLV 4 (Paiz 2); SM 17 (Coriz 4); Turnovers: WLV 20; SM 11; Total fouls: WLV 15; SM 14. Fouled out: none.

No. 4 SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 49, No. 5 CUBA 47: The Braves (19-11) set up a fifth meeting with District 2-3A mate St. Michael’s as James Bridges scored 22 points with 10 rebounds.

But it was Jaden Aguino’s steal and subsequent fast break layup to break a 47-all tie with just under a minute left that held up for SFIS. Aguino picked Jaden Vasquez’s pocket near the half-court stripe, then fed Jason Abeyta, who got it back to Aguino for the game-winner

Bridges had one of the big sequences of the game with 2:21 left and the Rams (17-10) leading 44-40. He sliced through the lane to grab an errant shot and was followed on the successful put back. His foul shot trimmed Cuba’s lead to 44-43.

“Coach tells me to the crash the boards and I crashed the boards and I got that and one layup,” Bridges said. “It put us a better situation to win the game.”

Bridges had 15 points and six boards at half and Cuba coach Ryan Peil said the Rams had to something about his production.

“We focused on him in the second half,” Peil said. “We boxed and one for awhile. We took him away in the middle of the zone. We did slow him down in the second half. But that’s all it takes in a game like that is one missed box out. One put back. You can watch that film and find a million little things, this thing here this thing there. All those things could make a two-point difference in the game. One time he outhustles us for a rebound could be the difference in the game.”

Aguino finished with 13 points for the Braves, while Bridges added five blocks and three steals.

Vasquez scored 13 with 12 rebounds for the Rams and Deangelo Herrera had 12 points.

SFIS will now try to get its first win of the season against the Horsemen in Friday‘s semifinals.

No. 4 SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 49, No. 5 CUBA 47

Cuba (17-10): Jaden Vasquez 6-10 0-0 13; Jonah Chiquito 0-0 0-0 0; Adam Segura 1-5 1-2 3; Christopher Cavazos 1-6 0-0 2; Deangelo Herrera 4-19 4-4 12; Fernando Herrera 3-9 0-2 8; Jeremy Segura 2-2 0-1 5; Micah Castillo 2-2 0-0 4; Antwan Antonio 0-1 0-0 0; Kyle Lucero 0-1 0-0 0; Malachi Toledo 0-0 0-0 0; Jerome Salaz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-55 5-9 47

Santa Fe Indian School (19-11): Ethan Roanhorse 1-4 0-0 3; Jason Abeyta 3-10 0-1 6; Anders Pecos 1-5 0-0 3; James Bridges 9-14 3-3 22; Jaden Aguino 6-14 0-2 13; Virgil Valencia 1-4 0-0 2; Shaun Riley 0-0 0-0 0; Kobe Garcia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-51 3-6 49

Cuba                              14      13      8        12 – 47

Santa Fe Indians School          17      9        12      11– 49

3-point FGs: C 4-12 (F. Herrera 2-4, Vasquez 1-1, J. Segura 1-1, D. Herrera 0-3, Antonio 0-1, A. Segura 0-1); SFIS 4-18 (Roanhorse 1-2, Bridges 1-3, Pecos 1-4, Agiono 1-4, Abeyta 0-2, Valencia 0-3). Rebounding: C 39 (Vasquez 9); SFIS 32 (Bridges 10); Assists: C 6 (D. Herrera 2, Chiquito 2); SFIS 10 (Abeyta 5). Turnovers: C 17; SFS 17.Total Fouls: C 13; SFIS 17. Fouled out: none.

No. 2 SANDIA PREP 53, No. 10 DEXTER 41: Sandia Prep’s David Gelb grabbed at the shorts of Dexter High’s Jaime Chavira to prevent him from a breakaway layup for an intentional foul late in the third quarter.

That didn’t seem like a dirty play, but more  a display that the No. 2 Sundevils were determined to shut down any hopes of an upset by the No. 10-seeded Demons in a Class 3A quarterfinal at Santa Ana Star Center on Wednesday morning.

Sandia Prep actually trailed by three when Gelb tugged at Chavira’s shorts. But from that point the Sundevils turned it on and pulled away  to advance to Friday‘s NMAA state semifinals at Dreamstyle Arena — the Pit.

Gelb led Sandia Prep (20-10) with 12 rebounds and seven assists to go with nine points. Max Feit, with a game-high 16 points, and Sam Henderson, who had 12 points, eight rebounds and drew eight fouls, also helped the Sundevils outscore the Demons 26-11 over the final 11:21.

Nathan Nguyen scored 10 points in the winning effort.

“We are unstoppable when we play at our best,” Feit said. “As long as we are playing defense and going to the rim (on offense) no one can stop us.”

The Demons (17-12) appeared plenty capable of knocking off Sandia Prep with their high intensity in the first half. Chavira, one of 12 seniors that make up Dexter’s entire roster, led all scorers at the half with 10 points to help his team to a 24-21 advantage at the break.

“We wanted to show them that we were more than the 10th seed,” Chavira said. “We knew that anything was possible.”

Dexter built its biggest lead, 20-12, by opening the second quarter on an 8-0 run. Chavira scored six points during the spurt.

Henderson said the Sundevils weren’t really worried about losing.

“I always felt like we were in the game,” Henderson said. “We felt eventually shots would start falling and we would win.”

Sandia Prep coach Marcos Rivera said his team just kept grinding. The Sundevils’ second half featured a handful of successful backdoor cuts that seemed to energize the team.

Dexter coach Arthur Cobos said the Demons were done in by the Sundevils’ ability to draw fouls.

Cobos didn’t use a tornado that struck Dexter on Tuesday as an excuse, but acknowledged that it was challenging for his team.

“We’re a close-knit family in that community,” Cobos said. “Everybody knows everybody. One of our players, Jordan (Marquez), his two brothers were in a house that got taken. I believe they are OK and they were in the hospital. I did remind the kids, it makes basketball seem small. (The Demons) came out and played hard. We were up on the No. 2 team at halftime. I wish I could’ve done more for them.”

— Steve Virgen

NO. 2 SANDIA PREP 53, NO. 10 DEXTER 41

DEXTER (17-12): Jaime Chavira 4-11 4-9 15, Nicholas Cobos 2-5 0-0 4, Sergio Ramirez 3-13 0-0 7, Isaac Irigoyen 2-5 0-0 4, Bryan Cano 0-3 0-0 0, Jacob Amaya 0-7 0-0 0, Jarren Amara 2-3 2-2 6, David Miramontes 1-6 3-4 5 Jordan Marquez 0-1 0-0 0, Jaime Munoz 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 14-56-FG 10-15-FT 41.

SANDIA PREP (20-10): Sam Henderson 5-12 2-5 12, Atlee Gaddis 1-3 0-0 2, David Gelb 3-12 3-6 9, Jacob Montoya 2-3 0-0 4, Max Feit 7-12 1-2 16, Nathan Nguyen 2-6 5-8 10, Austin Epstein 0-2 0-0 0, Rogert McWilliams 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Chavez 0-0 0-0 0, Lance Radnich 0-0 0-0 0, Chance Knowlton 0-0 0-0 0, Mac Manzanares 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-50-FG 11-21-FT 53.

Dexter 12  12 6  11 – 41

Sandia Prep 12  9 11  21 – 53

3-point goals: D 3-25 (Chavira 2-9, Cobos 0-1, Ramirez 1-5, Irigoyen 0-1, Amaya 0-5, Miramontes 0-3, Munoz 0-1); SP 2-12 (Henderson 0-5, Gelb 0-2, Feit 1-2, Nguyen 1-3). Rebounds: D 32 (Ramirez 7); SP 45 (Gelb 12). Assists: D 5 (Miramontes 2); SP 13 (Gelb 7). Total Fouls: D 23; SP 12.

NO. 3 HOT SPRINGS 41, NO. 11 ROBERTSON 34: With its state title hopes crumbling, the Hot Springs High boys basketball team used a rallying cry that consisted of two words: Remember Shiprock.

The Tigers lost to Shiprock after overcoming a huge deficit on Jan. 17. This time, however, they came from behind and won.

Hot Springs ‘ Verrels Lukman,, left, pokes the ball away from Robertson’s Nicholas Marrujo. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Hot Springs, the No. 3 seed, overcame a nightmarish first period and denied No. 11-seeded Robertson an upset with a 41-34 victory in a NMAA state Class 3A quarterfinal at Santa Ana Star Center on Wednesday.

The Tigers (25-4), led by Verrels Lukman’s game-high 18 points, advance to play No. 2-seeded Sandia Prep in a semifinal at Dreamstyle Arena on Friday at 9:45 a.m.

“This is a true testament of how far our boys have come along since we’ve started this journey,” Hot Springs coach Derek Bean said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. They never gave up. They had the eye of the tiger. They just kept fighting. They really just kept fighting. It’s an amazing feeling to keep moving on.”

Bean told his players to remember the loss to Shiprock, in which they overcame a 17-point deficit, but lost 65-61 at the Hope Christian Invitational.

Lukman didn’t forget, but the sophomore point guard made sure to make this one a different outcome.

“It’s definitely a dream that has come true,” said Lukman, who led the Tigers with seven rebounds. “Ever since I was little I always looked at the Pit and remembered stories of when the Hot Springs Tigers were feared. … It’s a dream that’s coming alive for me. I’m just going to enjoy every moment of it with my coach, my teammates and the rest of our community.”

Lukman helped Hot Springs overcome a horrendous first period when Robertson (16-15) outscored the Tigers 13-3. The second period was a different story, as Hot Springs outscored the Cardinals 15-5. The Tigers really came alive in the fourth quarter with a 16-6 finish.

Freshman Matthew Gonzales scored 17 points to lead Hot Springs before fouling out with 32 seconds left in the game.

— Steve Virgen

NO. 3 HOT SPRINGS 41, NO. 11 ROBERTSON 34

ROBERTSON (16-15): Nicholas Marrujo 1-7 2-5 4, Matthew Gonzales 6-14 3-8 17, Austen King 1-3 0-0 3, Julius Junior 2-5 0-0 4, Emiliano Berged 0-2 0-0 0, Santiago Gonzales 2-5 2-5 6, Dylan Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Cody Rivera 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-38-FG 6-15-FT 34.

HOT SPRINGS (25-4): Michael Oritz 0-0 0-0 0, Verrels Lukman 6-9 4-6 18, Nathan Salcido 0-1 2-2 2, Tino Luna 2-7 1-3 5, Juan Avalos 0-0 0-0 0, Coltin Whitehead 3-4 0-2 7, Aljon Pinili 0-2 4-6 4, James Childress 2-2 1-1 5. Totals: 13-25-FG 12-20-FT 41.

Robertson 13  5 10  6 – 34

Hot Springs 3  15 7  16 – 41

3-pt. goals: R 4-15 (Gonzalez 3-8, King 1-3, Junior 0-3, Gonzales 0-1, Moore 0-1); HS 3-9 (Lukman 2-5, Luna 0-1, Whitehead 1-2, Pinili 0-1). Rebounds: R 25 (Gonzalez 7); HS 25 (Lukman 7). Assists: R 7 (Marrujo 4); HS 6 (Lukman 2). Total fouls: R 19; HS 20. Fouled out: R Gonzalez.

CLASS 2A BOYS (click here for bracket)

No. 1 PECOS 57, No. 8 MAGDALENA 45: At Santa Ana Star Center, Xavier Padilla scored 19 points, Omar Dominguez 18 and the defending Class 3A champion Panthers (25-3) are in another semifinal.

Kyle Julian scored 14 points for the Steers (25-5), who didn’t make it as easy on Pecos as the final score suggested. There were nine lead changes in the contest, and Pecos lead only 34-31 after three periods.

But the Panthers pulled away in the fourth quarter, when they hit 14 of 18 free throws and outscored Magdalena 23-14.

Jaxson Mirabal had a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double for Magdalena.

MAGDALENA (25-5): Joren Mirabal 2-8 5-6 10, Kyle Julian 5-15 4-6 14, Trevor James 2-2 0-0 4, Jaxson Mirabal 5-21 0-1 12, Ty Vicente 1-2 0-0 2, Mason Greenwood 1-2 1-1 3, Isaiah Burleson 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Lopez 0-0 0-0 0, Joshua Baca 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Josiah Piasso 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-50 10-14 45.

PECOS (25-3): Omar Dominguez 6-13 2-2 18, Anthony Armijo 0-5 3-4 3, Issac Gonzales 1-1 1-2 3, Xavier Padilla 7-16 5-7 19, Ismael Villegas 2-6 5-8 9, Juan Varela 2-7 0-0 5, Devin Gonzales 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Sandoval 0-0 0-0 0, Willie Trujillo 0-0 0-0 0, Jodaiah Padilla 0-0 0-0 0, Isaiah Sandoval 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 16-23 57.

Magdalena  11  14   6  14 — 45

Pecos  10  14  10  23 — 57

3-Point FGs: M 3-16 (Jo. Mirabal 1-4, Julian 0-3, Jx. Mirabal 2-9), P 5-18 (Dominguez 4-9, Armijo 0-3, Padilla 0-2, Varela 1-4). Assists: M 7 (Jo. Mirabal 3), P 13 (Armijo 8). Rebounds: M 36 (Jx. Mirabal 12), P 34 (Padilla 9). Total fouls: M 17, P 16.

No. 4 TEXICO 69, No. 6 MORA 58: At Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, Texico’s Dalton Thatcher made a living at the free throw line and spread the wealth to his team, which advances to the semifinal round.

Mora’s Jesse Lujan, left, fouls Texico’s Dalton Thatcher, who drew a lot of contact on his way to a 33-point performance. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Thatcher poured in 33 points, including 16 on free throws in 19 tries, to lift the Wolverines (23-7). Texico, which advanced to last year’s 3A final, hit more than twice as many free throws (27 of 41) as the efficient Rangers (12 of 13) attempted.

Skyler Davis and Luke Phipps added 12 points each for Texico. Roderick Martinez scored 19 points and Jerome Pacheco 15 for Mora (21-10), which never led.

MORA (21-10): Kenneth Martinez 0-1 0-0 0, Carlos Muller Jr. 3-10 3-3 9, Jerome Pacheco 5-10 5-6 15, Roderick Martinez 7-12 4-4 19, Lefonso Castillo Jr. 2-6 0-0 5, Jesse Lujan 2-3 0-0 6, Ethan Glenn 1-1 0-0 2, Conrad Romero 1-2 0-0 2, Diego Chavez 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-46 12-13 58.

TEXICO (23-7): Skyler Davis 5-12 2-5 12, Dalton Thatcher 7-14 16-19 33, Luke Phipps 4-10 3-5 12, Gabriel Bailey 2-4 0-0 4, Cole Rohrbach 0-2 1-4 1, Josh Estes 0-0 1-2 1, Anders Nelson 0-1 3-4 3, David Davalos 1-1 1-2 3, Anton Goins 0-0 0-0 0, Jahwon Askew 0-0 0-0 0, Rugher Horton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-44 27-41 69.

Mora  14  18   6  20 — 58

Texico  20  14  14  21 — 69

3-Point FGs: M 4-11 (Muller Jr. 0-3, R. Martinez 1-1, Castillo Jr. 1-3, Lujan 2-3, Romero 0-1. Assists: M 9 (R. Martinez 4), T 13 (Thatcher 6). Rebounds: M 25 (Pacheco 8), T 36 (Davis 9). Total fouls: M 25, T 16. Fouled out: M, R. Martinez, Castillo Jr.

No. 7 MESILLA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 45, No. 2 SANTA ROSA 39: At Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, Michael Johnson scored a game-high 16 points for the SonBlazers (22-6), who knocked off the second-seeded Lions (19-9). Joaquin Romo scored 15 points to lead Santa Rosa.

MESILLA VALLEY (22-6): Noah Coyle 5-9 4-7 15, Michael Johnson 6-11 0-0 16, Brayden Wells 1-5 0-0 3, Nolan Nunley 4-6 2-3 10, Steele Schweinebraten 0-2 0-0 0, James Benjamin 0-0 1-2 1, Nate Lepinski 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-33 7-12 45.

SANTA ROSA (19-9): Stephen Sanchez 3-12 2-2 9, Esquibel 0-1 3-3 3, Sean Agar 0-3 0-0 0, Daniel Esquibel 0-2 0-0 0, Joaquin Romo 7-14 1-2 15, Martin Madrid 5-9 0-0 10, Ricardo Chavez 1-2 0-0 2, Shiv Patel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-43-6-7 39.

No. 3 NEWCOMB 55, No. 6 MCCURDY 41: Shannon Bitsilly scored 20 points and Deontay Begay added 11 to help Newcomb (28-2) beat McCurdy (23-6).

No. 3 NEWCOMB 55,
No. 6 MCCURDY 41
MCCURDY (23-6) Raul Arroyo 2-8 2-4 6, Ernesto Martinez 3-12 2-3 10, Ubaldo Barela 4-9 0-2 8, Jacob Martinez 0-2 0-2 0, Kemmer Croff 0-2 1-4 1, Josh Esquibel 1-5 0-1 2, Andres Martinez 5-8 0-0 12, Isaiah Archuleta 0-0 0-0 0, Adrian Vallo 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 15-46-FG 7-18-FT 41.
NEWCOMB (28-2) Deion Johnhat 5-15 0-0 10, Kelkenny Watchman 0-3  0-0 0, Deontay Begay 4-11 1-2 6, Deondre Begay 1-10 4-8 6, Tracey Bryant 1-1 0-0 2, Shannon Bitsilly 6-10 8-10 20, Chad Begay 1-1 0-0 2, Jared John 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 20-55-FG 13-20-FT 55.
McCurdy   7    8  12  14—41
Newcomb 15  13  14  13—55
3-Point FG: M 4-18 (Arroyo 0-3, E. Martinez 2-9, Croff 0-2, A. Martinez 2-4); N 2-18 (Johnhat 0-3, Watchman 0-2, Deontay Begay 2-8, Deondre Begay 0-2, Bitsilly 0-2, John 0-1). Rebounds: M 44 (Croff 9); N 33 (Bitsilly 7). Assists: M 6 (Arroyo, E. Martinez 2); N 9 (Deondre Begay 3). Total Fouls: M 20; N 14.

CLASS 1A BOYS (click here for bracket)

No. 3 MAXWELL 61, No. 6 TATUM 33: At Bernalillo High School, the Coyotes played an up-and-down game with lots of 3-point shots. Unfortunately for the fans, most of the shots missed, and unfortunately for Tatum, the game got away early.

Kolten Riggs and teammate Jeremy Archuleta shared game-high honors with 20 points each for Maxwell (22-4), last year’s 1A runner-up.

Christian Narizcal led Tatum (23-7) with 12 points, but his shooting struggles mirrored his team’s: He was 5-of-26 from the field, and overall, Tatum was 14-of-69 (20.2 percent), 3-of-28 (10.7 percent) on 3s.

Maxwell was only 6-of-27 on 3s, and rebounds were abundant. Kaden Riggs for Maxwell had a double-double (12 points, 21 rebounds) as did Kolten Riggs (15 rebounds) and Tatum’s Kivan Cardenas (10 points, 10 rebounds).

TATUM (23-7): Aaron Hinojosa 0-3 0-1 0, Kivan Cardenas 4-13 0-0 10, Christian Narizca 5-26 2-3 12, Hector Urias 2-4 0-0 4, Sebastian Jimenez 2-14 0-0 5, Kaden Rodriguez 0-2 0-0 0, Hayden Glass 0-0 0-0 0, Erick Cardenas 0-1 0-0 0, Julio Visciano 0-3 0-0 0, Petey Ponce 0-0 0-0 0, Amir Gutierrez 0-2 0-0 0, Ranley Kruger 1-1 0-0 2, Riley Moorehead 0-0 0-0 0, Carson Little 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-69 2-4 33.

MAXWELL (22-4): Wesley Jeffrey 2-7 0-0 6, Caden Floyd 1-6 0-0 3, Kaden Riggs 6-11 0-1 12, Kolten Riggs 7-19 4-5 20, Jeremy Archuleta 9-16 1-2 20, Christian Smart 0-1 0-0 0, Tristen Pierce 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 5-8 61.

Tatum  7  10  9  7  — 33
Maxwell  12  14  16  19 — 61

3-Point FGs: T 3-28 (Hinojosa 0-3, K. Cardenas 2-7, Narizcal 0-8, Urias 0-1, Jimenez 1-6, Rodriguez 0-2, Gutierrez 0-1), M 6-27 (Jeffrey 2-6, Floyd 1-4, Ko. Riggs 2-9, Archuleta 1-6, Smart 0-1, Pierce 0-1). Rebounds: T 42 (K. Cardenas 10), M 53 (Ka. Riggs 21). Assists: T 7 (Jimenez 3), M 11 (Archuleta 3). Total fouls: T 12, M 10.

No. 5 MELROSE 77, No. 4 LOGAN 69: The defending small-school state championships may not like that they received a modest seed, but they are back in the 1A semifinals after winning Wednesday at Bernalillo High.

Tristan Sena scored 26 points, and Devon Bailey added 21 as a potent one-two punch for the Buffaloes (23-7), who led 20-11 after one quarter and by as many as 15 early in the second half. Sena also added a game-high 10 rebounds and six assists.

Senior Dyson Day had a game-high 30 points and a team-high five assists for the Longhorns (21-8), but he was one of three Logan starters to foul out. Melrose scored just one fourt-quyarter bucket, but hit 16 of throw free throws and, for the game, outscored Logan 28-11 from the foul line.

MELROSE (23-7): Dylan Valentine 3-8 2-4 10, Tristan Sena 8-11 9-12 26, Devon Bailey 8-9 5-7 21, Trace Jackson 1-13 7-8 9, Tate Sorgen 2-6 4-4 8, Chazz McAlister 1-4 1-2 3, Vincent Hinojosa 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 28-37 77.

LOGAN (21-8): Kyle Knight 5-14 0-2 10, Dante Sanchez 3-10 3-4 11, Dyson Day 10-23 6-6 30, Chase Earle 1-2 0-0 2, Jordan Evans 3-5 1-1 8, Jantzen Paris 1-2 0-0 3, Chase Hittson 0-0 0-0 0, Kyle Hamilton 1-3 0-0 2, Wyatt Wright 1-4 1-2 3, Nick Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-63 11-15 69.

Melrose  20  16  23  18 — 77

Logan  11  16  19  23 — 69

3-Point FGs: M 3-15 (Valentine 2-4, Sena 1-1, Jackson 0-6, McAlister 0-3, Hinojosa 0-1), L 8-23 (Knight 0-1, Sanchez 2-7, Day 4-10, Evans 1-2, Paris 1-1). Assists:  M 9 (Sena 6), L 14 (Day 5). Rebounds: M 38 (Sena 10), L 38 (Knight 8). Total fouuls: M 16, L 28. Fouled out: M, Knight, Sanchez, Day.

No. 1 QUEMADO 59, No. 8 GATEWAY CHRISTIAN 45: AJ Lackey scored 27 points to pace three players in double figures for the Eagles (29-1) in a win over the Warriors (19-10). DJ Mathis scored 13 points, Kenneth Atwood added 11, and Quemado outrebounded Gateway 37-26. Joe Waide led the Warriors with 18 points.

NO. 1 QUEMADO 59, NO. 8 GATEWAY CHRISTIAN 45

GATEWAY CHRISTIAN (19-10): Wes Tipton 2-6 0-1 5, Jayden Stephens 5-12, 3-4 13, Joe Waide 7-15 2-4 18, Luke Tipton 3-5 1-2 8, Wyatt Arlet 0-1 0-0 0, Warren Scott 0-2 1-2 1, Joel Perry 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Winkler 0-1 0-0 0, Travis Pirtle 0-1 0-0 0, Hurley Breedyk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-43 7-13 45.

QUEMADO (29-1): Kenneth Atwood 3-9 5-7 11, Tony Orozco 0-2 0-0 0, D J Mathis 4-10 3-4 13, Jayde Smith 0-1 0-0 0, AJ Lackey 10-17 5-9 27, Micah Johnson 1-3 1-2 4, Jett Smith 0-2 1-4 1, Jessie Andrews 1-4 1-2 3, Bripton Hood 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Bugayong 0-0 0-0 0, Jaden Angelus 0-0 0-0 0, Iricson Pino 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-48 16-28 59.

Gateway Christian 11 11 7 16 —45

Quemado 18 7 15 19 —59

3-Point Goals: GC 4-17 (W Tipton 1-4, Stephens 0-3, Waide 2-6, L Tipton 1-2, Winkler 0-1, Pirtle 0-1), Q 5-15 (Atwood 0-2, Orozco 0-1, Mathis 2-4, Lackey 2-5, Johnson 1-3). Assists: GC 5 (Stephens 4), Q 7 (Lackey 4). Rebounds: GC 26 (Stephens 8), Q 37 (Lackey 7). Total Fouls: GC 20, Q 16. Fouled Out: GC Stephens. Technical Fouls: None.

No. 2 FORT SUMNER 69, No. 7 NMSD 36: Noah Maxwell scored 19 points, Jude Segura added 17 and the Foxes (23-8) pulled away from the Roadrunners (22-7) in the second half.

NO. 2 FORT SUMNER 69, NO. 7 NMSD 36
NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (22-7): Bruce Brewer 3-5 5-10 13, Devon Thompson 5-13 2-5 12, Lewis Villalobos 4-12 0-0 9, Destin Hands 0-6 0-4 0, Jacob Stevens 1-1 0-0 2, Kiearen Vollner 0-1 0-0 0, Antonio Lopez 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-42 7-15 33.
FORT SUMNER (23-8): Francisco Chavez 1-1 0-0 3, Alex Moyer 2-4 1-2 5, Cory Terrell 4-22 0-1 10, Jude Segura 6-17 4-7 17, Noah Maxwell 8-16 0-0 19, Kane Burney 1-2 1-2 4, Jayden Terrell 2-5 0-0 5, Parker Lewis 0-0 0-1 0, Chance Drake 0-1 0-0 0, Izaiah Padilla 3-3 0-0 6. Totals: 27-71 6-13 69.
NMSD 7 11 10 8 —36
Fort Sumner 10 12 25 27 —69
3-Point Goals: NMSD 3-17 (Brewer 2-5, Thompson 0-1, Villalobos 1-7, Hands 0-4), FS 9-33 (Chavez 1-1, C Terrell 2-14, Segura 1-6, Maxwell 3-8, Burney 1-1, J Terrell 1-2, Drake 0-1). Assists: NMSD 6 (Brewer 3), FS 14 (Segura 5). Rebounds: NMSD 38 (Thompson 12), FS 45 (C Terrell 15). Total Fouls: NMSD 15, FS 18. Fouled Out: None. Technical Fouls: None.

CLASS 1A GIRLS (click here for the bracket)

BERNALILLO — Harli Roach posted a double-double and third-seeded Logan needed every bit of it to outlast No. 6 Quemado 54-52 in Wednesday’s Class 1A girls quarterfinals at Bernalillo High School.

Roach finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Longhorns, who will take on No. 2 Tatum Thursday in an 11:30 a.m. semifinal. The Coyotes defeated seventh-seeded Animas 45-35 in the quarters.

Thursday’s other semifinal at 3 p.m. will feature No. 5 Cliff against  No. 1 Melrose. The Cowgirls advanced with a 51-40 quarterfinal victory over No. 4 Pine Hill.

Both semifinals will be played at the Santa Ana Star Center.

No. 3 LOGAN 54, No. 6 QUEMADO 52: Roach went 6-for-8 from 3-point range and her hot shooting was the difference as the Longhorns (24-6) built a 32-24 halftime lead and held off a late rally by the Eagles (21-9). Samantha Bryant led Quemado with 14 points.

NO. 3 LOGAN 54, NO. 6 QUEMADO 52

QUEMADO (21-9): Gentry Albin 2-8 0-0 4, Angela Lacky 5-10 0-0 12, Siera Green 5-16 0-0 11, Karley Harnet 1-4 0-0 2, Samantha Bryant 5-11 4-6 14, Ashanti Mathis 2-5 0-0 5, Rain Carver 1-3 0-0 2, Kirshawna Cohoe1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 22-59 4-8 52.

LOGAN (24-6): Jordan Hines 3-7 2-2 8, Kassi Foote 4-7 1-3 9, Makenna Brewer 1-6 1-2 3, Kyndall Ragland 4-4 0-0 8, Harli Roach 8-14 4-5 26, Karlee Cantrell 0-1 0-0 0, Kambry Burns 0-2 0-0 0, Kyra Conway 0-0 0-0 0, Kesleah Shields 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 20-43 8-12 54.

Quemado 12 12 12 16 —52

Logan 19 13 10 12 —54

3-Point Goals: Q 4-13 (Albin 0-1, Lacky 2-4, Green 1-4, Harnet 0-1, Mathis 1-3), L 6-14 (Hines 0-2, Foote 0-1, Brewer 0-1, Roach 6-8, Cantrell 0-1, Burns 0-1). Assists: Q 13 (Lacky 5), L 11 (Roach 4). Rebounds: Q 30 (Green 7, Bryant 7), L 34 (Roach 10). Total Fouls: Q 15, L 10. Fouled Out: Q Lacky, Mathis. Technical Fouls: None.

No. 5 CLIFF 51, No. 4 PINE HILL 40: Kristen Horn and Jamie Jenkins had double-doubles and the Cowgirls (22-7) used a 26-5 fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Warriors (26-3). Horn scored 18 points, Jenkins had 17 and each grabbed 13 rebounds. Cheyanne Harrison scored 10 points for Pine Hill, which led 35-25 after three quarters but was outrebounded 46-21.

NO. 5 CLIFF 51, NO. 4 PINE HILL 40

CLIFF (22-7): Kayla Manning, 0-0 0-0 0, Kimberly Gutierrez 0-10 5-6 5, Kristen Horn 8-10 2-5 18, Kaitlin Trotter 0-10 7-8 7, Jamie Jenkins 7-11 3-5 17, Kylene Killough 2-3 0-3 4, Joanna Gardner 0-0 0-0 0, Baylee Motes 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 17-47 17-27 51.

PINE HILL (26-3): Hazel Began 3-9 0-0 7, Maurie Daniels 2-8 2-5 7, Jiovanni Pino 3-10 0-0 6, Cheyenne Harrison 5-9, 0-2 10, Tia DuBoise 3-4 0-0 6, Chamiqua Smith 1-3 2-2 4, Pauline Martinez 0-2 0-0 0, Jessica Villaba 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-45 4-9 40.

Cliff 4 12 9 26 —51

Pine Hill 7 13 15 5 —40

3-Point Goals: C 0-7 (Gutierrez 0-5, Trotter 0-20, PH 2-13 (Began 1-6, Daniels 1-3, Pino 0-2, Harrison 0-1, Martinez 0-1). Assists: C 8 (Jenkins 4), PH 12 (DuBoise 4). Rebounds: C 46 (Horn 13, Jenkins 13), PH 21 (Pino 9). Total Fouls: C 13, PH 20. Fouled Out: PH Began. Technical Fouls: None.

No. 2 TATUM 45, No. 7 ANIMAS 35: Celeste Jimenez hit scored 25 points to help the Coyotes (26-4) steadily pull away from the Panthers (20-10).

Tatum led 25-22 at halftime but limited Animas to just 13 points in the second half. The Panthers also committed 24 turnovers to Tatum’s 14. Naomi Kimble had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Animas.

NO. 2 TATUM 45, NO. 7 ANIMAS 35

ANIMAS (20-10): Joshlyn Eddy 2-5 2-2 6, Tierney Washburn 2-9 0-0 5, Brenda Elias 3-4 1-1 7, Naomi Kimble 4-11 1-2 10, Addy Offutt 2-6 3-4 7, Codi Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Jennifer Acosta 0-1 0-1 0. Totals: 13-37 7-10 35.

TATUM (26-4): Sarah Coombes 0-4 0-0 0, Taylor Graham 2-8 1-1 6, Maddy Rice 1-9 1-2 4, Celeste Jimenez 7-14 8-13 25, Abigail Duran 2-5 1-2 6, Khayenne Huysman 1-1 2-2 4, Kylie West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-41 13-20 45.

Animas 16 6 7 6 —35

Tatum 15 10 9 11 —45

3-Point Goals: A 2-8 (Eddy 0-1, Washburn 1-4, Kimble 1-1, Offutt 0-2), T 6-19 (Coombes 0-2, Graham 1-3, Rice 1-2, Jimenez 3-8, Duran 1-4). Assists: A 8 (Eddy 3, Washburn 3), T 5 (Graham 2, Duran 2). Rebounds: A 34 (Kimble 11), T 26 (Graham 5, Jimenez 5). Total Fouls: A 19, T 15. Fouled Out: A Washburn, Elias; T Duran. Technical Fouls: None.

No. 1 MELROSE 73, No. 8 CIMARRON 33: Nataley Mondragon led the way with 23 points and the Buffaloes (23-6) rolled to a win over the Rams (19-10). Eleven players scored for Melrose. Angel Gonzales led Cimarron with 12 points.

No. 1 MELROSE 73,
No. 8 CIMARRON 33
CIMARRON (19-10): Angel Gonzales 3-12 5-10 12, Mary Ickles 0-2 0-0 0, Zoe Salazar 2-7 1-4 5, Analiese Malaney 0-4 0-1 0, Olivia Perryman 3-5 1-2 7, Alexis Gruer 0-2 1-4 1, Kiana Sandoval 3-3 0-1 6, Maya Salas 1-2 0-0 2, Rebekah Roybal 0-0 0-0 0, Alexis Martinez 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Gates 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-38 8-22 33.
MELROSE (23-6): Hailey Martin 2-5 0-0 4, Kiki Roybal 2-4 0-0 4, Shannon May 4-6 4-7 12, Nataley Mondragon 7-13 6-8 23, Brette DeVaney 0-4 0-0 0, Anjelina Sanchez 1-2 2-4 4, Avette Sanchez 4-6 0-2 8, Pyper Belcher 1-1 0-0 2, Ashlyn Hill 3-3 0-1 6, Johanna Roybal 3-4 0-0 6, Tylee Freed 1-2 0-0 2, Isabelle Sena 0-1 0-0 0, Paityn Nicholson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 29-54 12-22 73.
Cimarron 9     7     6  11—33
Melrose 17   21   19  16—73
3-Point Goals: C 1-10 (Gonzales 1-7, Ickles 0-1, Salazar 0-2), M 3-10 (Martin 0-1, Roybal 0-1, Mondragon 3-7, DeVaney 0-1). Assists: C 6 (Ickles 3), M 16 (Mondragon 4 Anj. Sanchez 4). Rebounds: C 25 (Perryman 7), M 39 (May 8). Total Fouls: C 19, M 20. Fouled Out: C Salazar, Perryman; M Anj. Sanchez. Technical Fouls: None.

 

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