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Class 2A Boys Quarterfinals: No. 1 Laguna-Acoma Upset

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — No. 2 MESILLA VALLEY 56, No. 10 DEXTER 46: Mesilla Valley’s Devon Tourtillot scored a game-high 18 points and Garrett Hendren added 17 as the Sonchasers (20-7) overpowered Dexter (22-7) and took another step towards their third straight Class 2A state championship.
The 6-foot-7 Tourtillot and 6-3 Hendren combined with the 6-2 Hunter Layton for 47 of Mesilla Valley’s 56 points. Dexter’s lone post over 6-feet tall, the 6-3 Nathan Fuller, was saddled with foul trouble early. His absence gave the Sonchasers free reign in the paint.
“We prepeared hard to be strong down low,” Tourtillot said. “Our post game was our big focus for today.”
Dexter tried to counter Mesilla Valley’s size with a 1-2-1-1 full-court press, but pulled out of it midway through the second quarter trailing 24-16.
“We’ve played against traps all year,” Mesilla Valley coach Terry Adler said. “With our size advantage, a lot of teams have gone to presses and traps to try to slow us down. It wasn’t anything we hadn’t seen before. When they pulled their press, I knew it was over.”
Dexter was paced by David Lopez’ 14 points, with teammate Kevin Bonner chipping in with 11.
— Dave Lepre
MESILLA VALLEY 56, DEXTER 46
MESILLA VALLEY (20-7): Trey Correa 3, Christian Jimenez 4, Devon Tourtillot 18, Garrett Hendren 17, Hunter Layton 12, Nick Nunley 2. Totals: 20 FG, 15-21 FT, 56.
DEXTER (22-7): Kevin Bonner 11, Kevin Paez Kyle Bonner 2, David Lopez 14, Nathan Fuller 2, Jose Gonzales 2, Amador Amaya 8, Eric Morales 2. Totals: 14 FG, 13-19 FT, 46.
3-pt. FG: MV 1 (Hendren); D 5 (Bonner 2). Total fouls: MV 17, D 18. Fouled out: MV none; D Paez. Technical fouls: none.
Rebounds: MV 37 (Tourtillot 9), D 25 (Ke. Bonner 6). Assists: MV 7 (Layton 3); D 10 (Ky. Bonner 3). Turnovers: MV 10; D 12.
No. 4 TULAROSA 62, No. 5 PECOS 57: Jim Coleman scored 28 points, including an emphatic dunk with three seconds left, to lead fourth-seeded Tularosa (22-6) past Pecos and into the state semifinals.
The Panthers’ Adam Varela made a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to draw Pecos (22-8) to within three. But the Wildcats made short work of the Panthers’ full-court press on the ensuing possession, getting the ball to Coleman in the middle off the floor with a free lane to the rim.
Tularosa, which finished without a 3-pointer (0-11), had extended its lead to seven on a pair of free throws from Daniel Gutierrez with 43 seconds left.  But a bucket from Pecos’ John Vigil with 21 seconds left, followed by Varela’s free throws made it a one-possession game for the first time in the final three minutes.
“I was just trying to finish,” the soft-spoken Coleman said of his final acrobatic bucket.
“Jim’s an amazing talent,” Tularosa coach Eric Gutierrez said. “We’ve seen some really super dunks from him this year.”
Coleman played the majority of the fourth quarter with four fouls, but still managed 10 of his 28 points in the period.
“I just had to play smart,” he said. His 28 points and seven rebounds were both game highs.
“(Coleman) is a good ball player, but we didn’t change what we do just to play against him,” Pecos coach Clyde Sanchez said. “I’m proud of my kids. This is our first year back in the tournament in the last four. We may have lost the game, but we’re not going to hang our heads.”
Gutierrez was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures with 11 points, while Vigil led Pecos with 17, followed by Aaron Lujan with 12 and Daniel Teran 11.
TULAROSA 62, PECOS 57
TULAROSA (22-6): Daniel Gutierrez 11, Jim Coleman 28, Robert Sanchez 3, Matt Silva 7, Chance Brill 5, Jarin Carillo 4, Cody Portillo 2, Jared Rocha 2. Totals: 21 FG, 20-30 FT, 62.
PECOS (22-8): Brandon Quintana 8, Paul CdeBaca 4, Adam Varela 3, John Vigil 17, Adrian Ortiz 2, Aaron Lujan 12, Daniel Teran 11. Totals: 21 FG, 12-19 FT, 57.
3-point FG: T 0, P 3 (Lujan, Vigil, Quintana). Total Fouls: T 17, P 21. Fouled out: T Sanchez, Brill; P Quintana. Technical fouls: none.
Rebounds: T 32 (Coleman 8); P 21 ( Vigil 5, Teran 5). Assists: T 4 (Coleman 2); P 6 (Varela 2). Turnovers: T 11, P 8.

No. 6 SANTA FE PREP 75, No.3 MORA 61: At Santa Ana Star Center, Daniel Van Essen poured in 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Blue Griffins (24-6) advance to the semifinals for the first time.

Four players scored in double figures for Santa Fe Prep, which led all the way. Ryan Evaldson and Joey Lambert scored 12 points apiece, and William Lenfestey added 10.

Mora (24-5) trailed 8-0 less than two minutes into the contest and was twice down 14 in the first half. The Rangers cranked up their full-court pressure in the second quarter and put together a 15-2 tear to get as close as 32-31.
But Santa Fe Prep rebuilt a four-point margin by halftime and stretched it to 57-44 in the third quarter.
Tim Romero scored 20 points to lead Mora, with Derek Hurtado adding 16.
— Ken Sickenger
SANTA FE PREP 75, MORA 61
SANTA FE PREP (24-6)  Ryan Evaldson 12, D.J. Casados 9, Joey Lambert 12, William Lenfestey 10, Daniel Van Essen 29, Francis Castillo 2, Tex Ritter 1. Totals 26-FG 17-21-FT 75.
MORA (24-5)  Tim Romero 20, Derek Hurtado 16, Garrick Martinez 4, Lorenzo Chavez 11, Cody Najar 10. Totals 22-FG 14-19-FT 61.
SF Prep    23       14       20   18—75
Mora    12       21       11   17—61
3-Point FG: SFP 6-14 (Evaldson 2, Lambert 3, Van Essen); M 3-17 (Romero, Najar 2). Rebounds: SFP 30 (Van Essen 10); M 28 (Romero 9). Assists: SFP 15 (Evaldson 4, Lenfestey 4); M 1 (Najar). Team Fouls: SFP 16; M 16. Fouled Out: M, Chavez.
No. 9 TEXICO 77, No. 1 LAGUNA ACOMA 76: The previously unbeaten Hawks (24-1) became the third No. 1 seed to fall in the quarterfinals as the Wolverines rallied in the fourth quarter.
Miguel Reyna poured in 30 points as Texico (19-11) battled back from a 64-56 deficit with 5:39 remaining.
The Wolverines outrebounded the Hawks 48-25 in the game.
Austin Jones had 19 points for Laguna and Josh Paytiamo added 18 before leaving with a knee injury late in the fourth quarter.
— Chris Jackson

TEXICO 77, LAGUNA ACOMA 76
TEXICO (19-11) Sergio Posada 6, Jesus Rivera 14, Rallin Harris 8, Miguel Reyna 30, Wayne Skabelund 10, Gentry Doolittle 6, Donavon Johnson 1, John Myers 2. Totals 32-FG 10-15-FT 77.
LAGUNA ACOMA (24-1) Austin Jones 19, Anthony Carpio 15, Josh Paytiamo 18, Chris Salvador 3, Augustus Cuch 10, Deion Natseway 2, Ryan Arkie 9. Totals 25-FG 19-24-FT 76.
Texico 19 19 18 21—77
Laguna 12 21 26 17—76
3-Point FG: T 3 (Reyna, Doolittle, Skabelund); L 7 (Jones 3, Paytiamo 3, Arkie). Team Fouls: T 19; L 17. Fouled Out: T, Posada.

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