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December 12, 2012
No. 9 La Cueva 105, No. 19 Rio Grande 82
LA CUEVA HIGH SCHOOL- Senior guard Bryce Alford did what he wanted on Tuesday night, he finished the night with 32 points. Alford, listed as the frontrunner in week four for New Mexico's most prestigious award the Mr. Basketball, also displayed his passing skills dishing the ball for several assists.
The No. 19 Rio Grande Ravens (2-3) kept it close through two and a half quarters before the No. 9 La Cueva Bears (3-1) pulled ahead by over 25 points at one point. The Ravens stayed in the contest early thanks to sophomore guard Juwan Brooks, who is sure to see his name rise in the charts. Also, Top-15 player from this summers NMPreps.com Top 100 Player Rankings, Mike Torrez had a decent second half and finished the night with 17 points.
The Bears and Ravens traded baskets early in the second half. The Ravens seemed to get bothered throughout the night by the Bears full court press.
Sophomore, Ryan Wenze-Bullard also in double figures for the La Cueva Bears with 14 points. The Bears take on No. 13 Atrisco Heritage on Thursday night in what will be a major game.
Grine: Three Things Learned Tuesday
1. Bryce Alford writing his own bio: I've seen just about every one of the top players since the 1998-1999 basketball season and Bryce Alford will be one that hangs among the top. Smooth passer and a beautiful shooting touch. He was listed as the frontrunner in week four for the Mr. Basketball of New Mexico and could stay up top as long as the Bears keep winning. They are currently riding a 3-game winning streak.
2. Paybacks are a....known thing in hoops: Just one week ago the No. 17 Alamogordo Tigers and No. 18 Santa Teresa Desert Warriors faced each other with the Tigers winning by 6. Well, another close one this week has the Desert Warriors pulling out a ten point win, 52-42.
3. First time I was brushed off by (usually) the "coolest" guys: I have a great rapport, though very distant, with guys of the ink (newspaper guys). I have a great respect for the ones I follow and love the love they have for this great sport. I can't name them all but they know who they are. Truly, NM has some good ones out there! I guess I can say not everyone likes me though (haha). I am three for three on having bad experiences at LCHS in my three years at NMPreps.com (haha).
Tuesday: Box Score Recaps
(Note: Joshua Henderson, NMPreps.com Basketball and Football camera man and reporter contributed the recaps.)
No. 2 Valley Vikings 56, Valencia Jaguars 29:
The Valley Vikings faced off against the Valencia Jaguars on Tuesday night as Valley looked to continue their winning ways this week. The Vikings were able to come out early and set the tone for the rest of the game with their physical brand of play, and would end up winning in decisive fashion thanks to the combined efforts of the Vikings. Adonis Saltes led the way for Valley with 19 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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