FINAL: No. 1 Hope Christian (27-3) 83, No. 4 West Las Vegas (19-8) 54

ALBUQUERQUE — No. 4 West Las Vegas enters the Class 3A semifinals at The Pit as a relative unknown. Only one player, senior Cody Najar, has any state tournament experience. WLV is young, led by freshman D.J. Bustos. … No. 1 Hope Christian is the defending  3A champ and has been concensus top team all season. The winner of the contest will face No. 2 St. Michael’s in Saturday’s title game, at 10 a.m.

1ST QUARTER: Hope Christian 22, West Las Vegas 16 – Hope opens game on a 9-0 run – D.J. Bustos keeps WLV within striking distance, aftertrailing by as many as nine. Bustos finishes the quarter with seven points – BRandon Zabala paces the Huskies with eight points.

HALFTIME: Hope Christian 38, WLV 34 – Andres Gallegos comes alive for WLV in the period, scoring eight points in the period. He leads the team with 12 points. – Huskies finish the half hitting 13 of 33 from the field, against 12-of-21 shooting for the Dons – Zabala remains Hope’s high scorer with 12 points

3RD QUARTER: Hope 64, WLV 41 – Hope opens half on a 8-2 run to lead 46-36 (5:25) – Hope’s largest lead is 53-39 at 3:34 – Hope’s extends lead to 55-39 (3:21) – WLV scoreless for roughly 4 minutes

4TH QUARTER:  – Hope opens on a 10-2 run. Huskies bringing in backups. – Huskies in control. Hope to face St. Mike’s in the title game.

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