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La Cueva Scores 105 on Ravens As Alford Drops in 32 for Bears

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Matador Girls Remain Unbeaten After Win

It wasn’t a school-record point total for La Cueva’s boys basketball team, but the Bears did break the century mark Tuesday night.

The Bears had a 38-point third quarter against visiting Rio Grande as they thumped the Ravens 105-82.

La Cueva (3-1) won its third straight and is beginning to demonstrate scoring balance beyond senior guard Bryce Alford, who had 32 on Tuesday.


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J.D. Barela added 17 points and Ryan Wenze-Bullard 14 for the Bears.

Rio Grande (2-3) was tied at 35 with La Cueva late in the first half, but the Bears went into halftime on an 11-0 run and pulled away in the third quarter — a quarter that ended with Wenze-Bullard banking in a 3-pointer.

SANDIA 53, WEST MESA 50: At West Mesa, the Matadors (4-1) held off a late charge by the Mustangs (0-3) as Tim Brennan had 17 points.

VALLEY 56, VALENCIA 29: At Valley, the Vikings put together another stellar defensive effort. Adonis Saltes had 19 points and Joe Anaya 13 for Valley (3-0).

RIO RANCHO 75, GALLUP 64: In Rio Rancho, the Rams nearly wasted a 20-point lead in the second half, but led by sophomore Brady Patterson’s 27 points, Rio Rancho (2-2) held on.

ATRISCO HERITAGE 69, DEL NORTE 55: At AHA, Corbin Waquie had 17 points to pace the Jaguars, who are off to a 4-1 start as a 5A program.

ST. PIUS 55, GRANTS 35: In Grants, Micah Sanchez scored a team-high 17 points for the 3-0 Sartans.


SANDIA 68, ATRISCO HERITAGE 38: At Sandia, senior guard Astrea Reed had 23 points for Sandia (5-0).

CLEVELAND 52, PIEDRA VISTA 42: In Farmington, the Storm got out to a big early lead. Erin Carrika had a team-high 16 points for Cleveland (5-2).

LA CUEVA 62, RIO GRANDE 33: At Rio Grande, Shayla Malecki and Alexa Romano each had 10 points as the Bears beat their interim coach from last year, new Rio coach Mark Warren.

ST. PIUS 46, ST. MICHAEL’S 30: At St. Pius, Caitlin Martinez, Minnie Estrada and Natalie Zamora combined for 38 points for the Sartans (5-2).
— This article appeared on page D5 of the Albuquerque Journal