RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Rio Rancho High School boys basketball coach Wally Salata isn’t one to point fingers at anyone for shortcomings following a loss, but if one were to point a finger, it’d be at the Rams missing their first six shots from the floor in the fourth quarter Tuesday evening in their 74-70 loss to No. 3 Santa Fe in the RAC.
The contest was of the back-and-forth variety, with runs playing roles as the teams traded the lead five times and were tied five times — lastly at 56, which came with 15 seconds left to go in the third period.
With an enthusiastic crowd on hand for the Rams’ home opener, Christian Lucero’s layup with 3.4 seconds on the clock gave the Rams (2-2) a 58-56 lead heading into the final period.
An 8-2 run by the Demons (4-0) — the Rams’ two points came from a pair of free throws by J.T. Gallegos during the 0-for-6 field goal demise — gave Santa Fe the lead for good.