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Deming boys, girls unbeaten so far at Armendariz Classic

From left, Santa Fe High’s Cisco Gonzales and Julio Rivera guard Santa Fe Prep’s William Lenfestey during a hoops battle at the Al Armendariz Classic at Capital High School Friday. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

From left, Santa Fe High’s Cisco Gonzales and Julio Rivera guard Santa Fe Prep’s William Lenfestey during a hoops battle at the Al Armendariz Classic at Capital High School Friday. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

After day two of the Al Armendariz Classic at Capital High, Deming and El Paso Bel Air (Texas) remain the only undefeated teams on the boys side, while on the girls side Deming and Valencia both recorded wins on Friday to keep their records at the event unblemished. The Jaguar girls were absent from the three-day tournament Thursday due to inclement weather. Valencia is scheduled to play two games today – the final day of the round-robin tournament.

EL PASO BEL AIR 62, CAPITAL 36: The Highlanders entered the Classic as the prohibitive favorite – and the squad from El Paso didn’t disappoint.

Bel Air improved to 11-0 behind Josh Gallegos and Jordan Enriguez, who finished with 17 and 16 points, respectively.

While Capital stayed within a basket of Bel Air after the opening period, at 9-7, the Highlanders pulled away in the second quarter to lead 29-18 at the break.

Santa Fe Prep’s Ben Perillo, left, passes the ball past Santa Fe High’s Julio Rivera as the Blue Griffins and Demons faced off at Capital High School on Friday. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Santa Fe Prep’s Ben Perillo, left, passes the ball past Santa Fe High’s Julio Rivera as the Blue Griffins and Demons faced off at Capital High School on Friday. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

“We didn’t execute at all and didn’t handle the pressure very well,” Capital coach Ben Gomez said. “That’s just the process when you’re dealing with an inexperienced team. When we needed someone to settle us down … we didn’t do a very good job of that. And defensively, we didn’t do very well either.

“… When the foundation broke, it just all came tumbling down.”

The Jaguars fell behind by as many as 22 points in the third period, before suffering the 26-point loss. Capital was led in scoring by Eric Coca with nine points.

SANTA FE PREP 69; SANTA FE 59: Santa Fe Prep may be the smallest school in the field, but it ranks among the largest teams on the floor.

The undersized Demons jumped out to a 12-3 lead, but were caught and passed in the second period en route to their third-straight loss of the season.

“They were just too big,” Demons coach David Rodriguez said. “They might be 2A and we’re 4A, but when you compare a 6-5, 17-year-old with a 6-foot, 17-year-old, the 6-5 kid has the advantage.”

SFP big man, 6-foot-4 William Lenfesty, torched the Demons for 17 points, while his fellow center, 6-5 junior Ian Andersson, had nine points, as the team improved to 5-1 on the season. The Blue Griffins ‘other top scorers included Francis Castillo y Mulert and D.J. Casados with 15 points apiece, and Diego Perea with 10 points.

While SFP looks impressive during this early stage of the season, Blue Griffins coach Dennis Casados said that his squad is still a work in progress. As for areas of improvement, Casados pointed to the 14 missed free throws in Thursday’s 73-65 loss to Deming.

“We’re also working on our team rebounding and running our offensive sets better,” Casados added.

SFP will face its toughest opponent of the season, the 11-0 Highlanders today.

DEMING 76, YSLETA (EL PASO, TEXAS) 55: Dominic Saenz and Andres Villa scored 14 points apiece to lead the Wildcats to their second in as many games to improve to 3-0 on the season. Deming led 34-22 at the break before outscoring the Indians, 43-28, the rest of the way. David Sosa paced Ysleta in scoring with 18 points, including 12 in the second half.

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DEMING 47, GODDARD 42: The Rockets rallied from a two-point opening quarter – and 21-14 halftime deficit – only to fall by five, as the Wildcats improved to 2-0 at the tourney and 2-2 overall.

Jessica Jasso led Deming in scoring with 13 points, including going 4 for 5 from the foul line. Bianca Morones and Stephanie Kolker were Goddard’s double-digit scorers, finishing with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

VALENCIA 50, EL PASO BEL AIR (TEXAS) 38: Karina Dow dropped 20 points on the Highlanders, while teammate Brenda Barea finished with 12, to give the Jaguars the win in their tournament opener.

Valencia opted not to travel to Santa Fe on Thursday due to inclement weather, and showed only slight signs of rust early. But behind Barea’s six second-quarter points, the Jaguars took a 26-16 at the break and held on for the double-digit win. Bel Air was led by Linae Ramos with 13 points.

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