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December 13, 2012
Tourney Time in December
Today, we take a look at the first week of some of the best tournaments around the state of New Mexico. December 13th - 15th brings us several tournaments and some must see games taking place.
JOE ARMIJO CLASSICFIRST ROUND
8AM: No. 14 Volcano Vista vs. No. 22 Bernalillo
9:45 AM: No. 8 Cibola vs. No. 20 Hope Christain
3:00 PM: No. 11 Rio Rancho vs. Albuquerque Academy
4:45 PM: Los Alamos vs. Mayfield
Host School: Albuquerque Academy: The Chargers have held the state known tournament for many years and is arguably one of the most attended and competitive basketball tournaments this early into the year. Currently ranked in my top 5 of tournaments that you want you team to play in. The Chargers play in a beautiful little gym on the campus of Albuquerque Academy.
Breakdown: Several top-25 match-ups in the first round but one team I like to take the entire thing is the No. 11 Rio Rancho Rams. The Rams who are (2-2) at the moment have also played some great teams in No. 3 Clovis (ranked No. 2 at the time) and No. 2 Valley High School (Ranked No. 5 at the time). The match-up that I can't wait to see however could be a potential No. 22 Bernalillo Spartans vs. No. 8 Cibola in the second round. Yes, I pick the Spartans to upset Volcano Vista but I would look forward to the potential match-up between District 1-5A rivals in the title game between Rio Rancho and Cibola.
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Josh Lucero, Rio Rancho
Brandon Saiz, Bernalillo
Ross Buchman, Cibola
Daniel Munoz, Mayfield
Brady Patterson, Rio Rancho
Of course plenty of more talented players and it was hard to narrow it down to five. Patterson, Buchman, and Saiz all made the NMPreps.com Mr. Basketball candidates list.
CAPITOL CITY INVITE
(update: Thursday Morning)
santa fe jv Vs santa fe prep . Capital Vs Gadsden. St Michaels Vs west las vegas. santa fe Vs pueblo. schedule change
Host School: Santa Fe High: In one of the nicest 4A basketball gyms and a personal favorite of mine the Capitol City classic will take place in the Toby Roybal Gym.
Breakdown: Two Top-25 teams take to the court but I think this one will be all No. 16 Capital High School. The Jaguars at (5-1) are featuring one of their best teams since the title team and could even be better. It's only a weird round robin event this year, which is a shame, but still will bring plenty of good games to watch. I think it comes down to No. 15 St. Mikes and No. 16 Capital though.
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Christian Martinez, Capital
Mikey Lopez, Capital
Matt Barela, St. Mikes
Elliott NIcholas, Santa Fe
William Lenfesty, Santa Fe Prep
Nicholas, of Santa Fe High is one of the more underrated players in the state. He can put points on you in a hurry.
CITY OF CHAMPIONS
10 AM: No. 23 Moriarty vs. Goddard
1 PM: No. 10 Roswell vs. Jefferson (TX)
3 PM: Carlsbad vs. Chaparral
7 PM: Atresia vs. Lovington
Host School: Artesia: Now this is a must attend tournament for any team in the State of New Mexico. The Bulldogs play in one of the top gyms you will see in New Mexico and this is arguable one of the top, must play in invitationals. .
Breakdown: Only two Top-25 teams are playing in the event but the parity is high in this event. I like the direction former Artesia assistant coach, Pat Mondragon has his No. 23 Moriaty Pintos playing. In fact, he has turned around a program that was historically non-exsistent. The tough road ahead however will be against the No. 10 Roswell Coyotes who are a title contender for the State crown. The Coyotes are currently the number one team in 4A hoops.
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Cesar Nava, Roswell
Marquel Warner, Roswell
Luke Thomas, Moriarty
Marcus Arringotn, Carlsbad
Zeke Montoya, Artesia
Roswell has a deadly duo in two Top-150 players but the team also features two more players in the Top-150 in the paint that will cause problems.
MARV SANDERS INVITE
1:30 PM: Montwood (TX) vs. San Juan (UT)
3:00 PM: Fabens (TX) vs. Gallup
5:30 PM: Piedra Vista vs. Shiprock
7:00 PM: Farmington vs. Red Mesa (AZ)
Host School: Farmington: Honoring the man who made the Scorpions a threat in the 90's and before the Farmington Scorpions will look to get their first win of the season during the Marv Sanders Invite.
Breakdown: It's hard to tell with the talent coming to the tournament from border states but you have to applaud the play of unranked Shiprock High School of 3A basketball. The Chieftains have some sure weapons this season and could make noise in the event. Montwood (TX) will be a tough game however as they beat No. 9 Las Cruces High School earlier this season. Montwood (TX) is currently 10-0 on the season as well.
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Anthony Davis, Montwood (TX)
Jacob Armijo, Piedra Vista
Ty Jasquez, Piedra Vista
Hiram Gleason, Shiprock
Darren Spencer, Gallup
High quality of players in this event and plenty could shine. Look for the Gallup Bengals to be sleeper with their talent. Also, something tells me the PV duo will make it a close, maybe overtime game, with the loaded Chieftains.
J. May Classic
Dexter vs Tularosa JV
Tularosa vs. NMMI
Texico vs. Lordsburg
Santa Rosa vs. Pecos
Breakdown: If you love Small School Division hoops this is the tournament for you. The match-ups could be around come Final Four 2013 with Top 15 teams in SSD playing in the event this weekend. Texico, Santa Rosa, Pecos, Dexter and host school Tularosa (the defending 1A champs) are all fierce opponents. Also, Lordsburg is opening some eyes early this season. This is a must see if you are down south.
I like several players in the event from New Mexico State commit Jim Coleman, to the Bonner twins of Dexter, Miguel Reyna and Gentry Doolittle of Texico, just to name a few players that could win the Small School of the Year Award.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS TAKING PLACE
Espanola Valley Round Robin
1st year of the tournament should bring some quality teams to the table.
Alamosa (CO) vs. Kirtland Central
No. 25 Espanola Valley vs. Valencia
Grants Holiday Classic
Entering year 12 of the event the Pirates will look to take on at least one team that's a darkhorse. The Centennial Hawks and Grants Pirates are the definition of "Bubble Buster" game as both teams could use this game as a resume "helper".
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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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