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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.
Big Weekend Games To Watch
No. 2 CLOVIS (0-0) vs. No. 12 RIO RANCHO (0-1)
Where: Rio Rancho High, Rio Rancho, NM
When: Saturday, 5:30 PM
Cats-Rams Preview: No. 12 Clovis (0-0) travels up north to take on No. 12 Rio Rancho (0-1) on Saturday evening. The Wildcats comes to town with the number two ranking and feature Marquette University recruit John Dawson.
The Wildcats a team with so much depth and talent that could make waves this season and return to the 5A Final Four. Rio Rancho comes into this game playing another Top-5 team for the second time this week. After dropping a close one on Tuesday night to No. 5 Valley High School the Rams will look for their second upset chance.
BATTLE FOR 4A
No. 13 SANTA TERESA (2-0) vs. No. 17 LOS LUNAS (0-0)
Where: Los Lunas High School
When: Saturday, 3:00 PM
ST-Tigers Preview: No. 13 Santa Teresa the defending 4A champs come in ranked #1 in class 4A basketball. The Tigers come in ranked No. 17 (state) and No. 3 (4A).
The Desert Warriors have question marks as to top player Mario Ramirez and his status on the basketball team. Ramirez supposedly has been off the team as of recently. It is still unclear if he is off the team permanently. The Tigers come in highly ranked due to the talent returning from last season along with hiring one of the top coaches in the State, Travis Julian who led 5A power Manzano to the 2011 State Runner-up. This one could play big for both teams come seeding in March.
FRIDAY NIGHT HIGHLIGHT
No. 3 HOBBS (3-0) vs. FRANKLIN (TX)
Where: Hobbs High School
When: Friday, 7:00 PM
Eagles-Franklin Preview: The Eagles (3-0) come into this one already beating three teams from across the border. This one however could be one of the bigger match-ups. Franklin (TX) has already beaten one Top-10 team from New Mexico in No. 8 Las Cruces High School.
Hobbs comes in with one of it's best teams since the 2008 State Championship team, led by Division-1 prospect Dane Pannell. Pannell has already capped two games with 25-plus points. Alongside is a threat from beyond the three point line in Adrian Sanchez and double-double player Earl Woods.
TAOS TIGER INVITATIONAL
Espanola Valley (2-0) vs. Mora (1-0): The Sundevils come into this one after a big win in the first round over Goddard High School. The Mora Rangers will play their biggest opponent as the 20th ranked team (Small School Division Top-25).
Taos (3-1) vs. Wingate (1-1): The Tigers of Taos are starting to make believers of people in the state. They take on Wingate who pounding beat 2A Mesa Vista, 45-27. Watch out for Kiko Martinez to do work again here.
BISON TOURNAMENT (KIRTLAND CENTRAL)
SHIPROCK (2-0) vs. IGNACIO (CO): The Chieftains a talented team in 3A hoops moves onto the semi-finals to take on a strong team from Colorado who some could say upset host Kirtland Central on Thursday night.
Kirtland Central (1-1) vs. Bloomfield (0-1): The Broncos of KC look to redeem the loss from Thursday night. Bloomfield who played in District 1-4A with Kirtland Central will look to upset their former District opponent.
CITIZEN'S BANK SHOOTOUT
No. 2 TEXICO (1-0) vs. No. 13 LOGAN (1-0): In the first Top-25 (Small School Division) match-up the defending 1A State Champ Logan Longhorns take on host school Texico High School.
More Teams in Action
Players to Watch
John Dawson, Clovis: Ranked No. 3 (NMPreps.com Top 100 Player Rankings) over the summer, Dawson is one of the most talented players in the state of New Mexico.
DJ Blackmon, Clovis: Also, on the Clovis roster and also in the Top-10 (NMPreps.com Top 100 Player Rankings) from this summer. Blackmon, another possible D-1 player is a fun player to watch with the athletic ability he brings to the table.
Ben Romero, Los Lunas: Romero, who transferred over from Manzano this summer is a Top-50 player and could be the missing piece to the Tigers reaching the Elite Eight.
Adrian Sanchez, Hobbs go-watch this young fella drain three after three this weekend in a pair of games against Texas teams.
Austin Patterson, Rio Rancho: Another player who can knock down from beyond the arch. Patterson is also a defensive specialist and could be a fun one to watch.
Grine's Current Record: (12-3)
Shocked Pick: Rio Rancho over Clovis
Upset Pick: Taos over Espanola
Close To Call Pick: Los Lunas over Santa Teresa
Straight Up: Kirtland Central over Bloomfield
Straight Up: Texico wins Tournament
Straight Up: Gallup over Farmington
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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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