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Prep Hoops Highlights


Cibola’s girls and Valley’s boys were the big winners this week. At least, it was that way before Thursday night.

Both started Thursday with two-game leads in their districts. Then Valley was upset Thursday, 60-50 by West Mesa, and the Vikings’ lead in District 5-5A shrunk to a single game over West Mesa and Albuquerque High. Cibola’s girls began Friday with a two-game edge in 1-5A.



Two items rank pretty high on the bizarre scale this week.


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– The first occurred Tuesday at Valley, where an AHS family member took Bulldogs guard Marcus Mitchell off the bench and out of the gym — while the game was in progress. Mitchell, a transfer from Highland, is no longer with the team, AHS coach Ron Garcia confirmed.

– The second incident, on Friday night, was even weirder. Almost supernatural. A backboard at Valencia High shattered during the C-Team game between the Jaguars and Grants. But nobody knows why.

A Valencia player was shooting a free throw, said Jags varsity coach Ezau Rios, and the backboard shattered before the ball ever got to the rim.

“It just popped,” Rios said. “Nobody touched it.”

– One other interesting note from this week: officials during Wednesday’s Eldorado-Sandia boys game took the very unusual measure of stopping the game to warn fans to cease and desist with name calling.



Tuesday: La Cueva’s boys are at Eldorado as the Bears try to keep alive their hopes of a District 2-5A title.

Wednesday: Suddenly pressed by West Mesa, Valley’s boys need two wins, starting with a home game against Rio Grande. The Mustangs are at AHS. Also, Eldorado’s girls go to La Cueva.

Thursday: St. Pius’ boys go to Albuquerque Academy in District 5-4A. In 2-5A, Eldorado’s boys are at Sandia. In 1-5A, Volcano Vista’s girls visit Cibola.

Friday: Cibola is at Volcano Vista in a key District 1-5A showdown.