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November 30, 2012
Week Three is finally here and the real season gets going with several marquee games throughout the state. Plenty of Top-25 action taking place.
Three Things Learned Thursday Night
Thursday night seen two Top-25 teams fall. Also, the second biggest upset of the young season. The season could start off with big twists.
The Albuquerque Academy Chargers (2-0) have restored their program and upset the No. 25 Gallup Bengals, 48-43. The Chargers who start 2-0, haven't done so since legendary head coach Mike Brown retired. Tommy Lindgren led things with 16 points. The Chargers also got big production from Dylan Abbott who had 14 points. The Bengals received 19 points from guard Lionel Kinsel.
II. Espanola Valley back on the rise?:
The Sundevils now (2-0) after a win over Goddard High School (0-1) in the Taos Tiger Invite. The Sundevils who missed the playoffs last season after winning the title in 2011 seem to be on the rise once again. They were led by Nathan Cordova with 19 points and sophomore Jared Garduno with 18. The Rockets of Goddard got 10 points from Mark McCool. Debate the Sundevils.
III. The losing streak reaches 37 games:
The Santa Fe Indian Braves lose again for the 37th straight game dating back to the 2010-2011 season. The Braves fell in the first round of the Taos Invite to host school Taos, 57-27.
Thursday's Prime Time Players
Kiko Martinez, Taos: Martinez has led the Tigers to a (3-1) start and has the Tigers looking like a playoff team in 3A hoops again. Martinez poured in 22 points on Thursday night.
Jared Garduno, Espanola Valley: Welcome to the future of Sundevil basketball. The sophomore guard is playing huge for the basketball crazed town. He is averaging 16 ppg to open the season. Garduno dropped 18 points on the Goddard Rockets.
Tommy Lindgren, Abq. Academy: Lindgren is one of several Chargers who can put points on the board. Through two impressive games he is averaging 14.5 ppg but the big one came Thursday night in a upset win over No.25 Gallup. Lindgren scored 16 crucial points.
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Small School Division News
No. 2 Texico Wolverines 63, Floyd 28: Led by it's two improving players the number two team in Small School Division hoops dominated over Floyd in their basketball tournament. Guard Gentry Doolittle put in 14 points along with 6 assists. Forward Miguel Reyna dropped 26 points on the opening night.
No. 13 Santa Fe Prep tops Big School Division: The Blue Griffins are the real deal in Small School Division hoops moving to 5-0 with a big win over a Big School Division team. The Blue Griffins beat Thoreau, 60-58 on Thursday night.
No. 20 Mora starts off with a bang: Yes, they played a Big School Division teams Junior Varsity game but they pulled out a 67-39 thrashing on them. The Rangers will now face a former coach who led them to their last title in Richard Martinez, now head coach of the Espanola Valley Sundevils. Mora was led by Amrick Vasquez who had 20 points.
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Joshua J. Grine joined NMPreps.com before the 2010 basketball season as our Senior Basketball Analyst. Grine is a former coach (Valencia, Rio Rancho) and basketball player (Grants, Rio Rancho) who has been around New Mexico for several years.
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