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December 19, 2012Week Six of the season brought us some close games on Tuesday night and a few close ones that could show the true identity of some teams.
Three Things Learned On Tuesday Night
1. The Desert Warriors could be my favorite to repeat: We all know that the Desert Warriors won the title last season but also last season the Desert Warriors got completely blown out by Las Cruces. Tuesday nights OT loss makes them look that much stronger this season. Could just be me though.
2. Shiprock could actually make the Final Four - Finally: Yes, they had a shiniy record last season and got upset but this season they have been producing nice wins over 4A teams and I think this could be their best team. Something has me thinking about a crazy March, like 2008 State Tournament, when underdogs West Las Vegas, a 4-seed and Pojoaque a 7-seed played for the title. Could just be me though.
3. 2A Hoops is that good this season: Tularosa revenged a loss from last week over Dexter. This classification is going to be really fun in March.
(Note: Josh Henderson, contributed the box score recaps for Tuesday Night)
Boys Basketball Recaps, Tuesday December 18thLas Cruces 67, Santa Teresa 66, OT
The Las Cruces Bulldawgs 4-3 took on the Santa Teresa Desert Warriors 6-4 on Tuesday night in Santa Teresa's home gym, a place where the Deseret Warriors are not accustom to loosing. The Dawgs proved to be a bigger team and that may have been the only edge as both teams battled back and forth all night long. The Guard play was excellent on the night for both teams and ultimately it came down to who had the last defensive stand and last shot, both were in favor of Las Cruces on the night as a last second shot for the desert warriors fell short and gave the Dawgs the hard caught Victory. Leading the way for the Desert Warriors despite the loosing effort was Jacob Hernandez who had a team high 18 poins. Also Contributing for the Warriors was Mario Ramirez who had 16. For Las Cruces leading the way was Joseph Garza who had 25 points and Gilbert Sigala who had 11 points and the go ahead score with under a minute remaining as he hit 2-2 free-throws to give Cruces a 1 point advantage and more importantly the win.
Pecos 86, Santa Rosa 62
The Pecos Panthers 4-1 took on the Santa Rosa Lions 2-3 in the Panthers only home game of December and the Panthers savored the chance to defend their home court. The Panthers would lead early and never look back as the Panthers would go into the half leading 50-25. Pecos came out with the same attitude and chemistry that helped build the first half lead and would ending up winning by a large margin thanks to stifling defense and an uptempo style of play. P.J. CdeBaca had a game high with 23 points and fellow seniors Johnny Vigil had 17 points, also contributing was Aaron Lujan who had 17 points.
Bernalillo 48, St. Michael's 43
The Bernalillo Spartans took on the St. Michael's Horseman on Tuesday night in Santa Fe. For the Horsemen the loss drops them to 3-2 on the year and will give them something to work on, Free-Throws. For Bernalillo the win puts them at 5-3 on the year and helps build an already impressive resume in the win collum. Brandon Sais had a game high 21 points to help lead the Spartans to a win on the evening. Jeff Groenewold had a team high 12 points for St. Michaels.
Deming 50, Silver 43
The Deming Wildcats took on the Silver Fighting Colts on Tuesday night and the Wildcats would end up winning a hard fought battle on the night. For Deming the win comes against a quality opponent and for Silver the game is just still part of the learning process as the Colts are still adjusting to the early basketball season. Silver was the 3A state-runner ups in football and could pose a threat to other teams in the 3A hoops scene this year.
Goddard 63, Lovington 40
The Goddard Rockets took on the Lovington Wildcats on Tuesdat night in Lovington, Goddard gets its 2nd win in a row and are looking to continue their winning ways against Chaparral on Friday a team Goddard is familiar with having seen them in the City of Champions tournament down in Artesia a week ago. For the Rockets leading the way offensively was David Sweet who had a game high 22 points.
Tularosa 47, Dexter 39
The Tularosa Wildcats took on the Dexter Demons on Tuesday night and the matchup would feature to familiar foes as both teams meet earlier in the years and Dexter was the victor of the first matchup. This time around the Wildcats were ready to settle the score and that they did as they were able to hold some slight lead advantages throughout the course of the game to retain the win.
Shiprock 63, Piedra Vista 60
The Shiprock Chieftans took on the Piedra Vista Panthers in a very closely contested matchup on the night in Shiprock. For the Chieftains the win comes in dramatic fashion as they narrowly escaped having to go into overtime on the night when a last second 3 point attempt from PV fell short and drew iron to give the Chieftains a 63-60 victory. Kevin Aspass led the way with 13 points for the Chieftains.
Farmington 56, Durango, Colo. 54
The Farmington Scorpions took on the Durango Colorado Demons on Tuesday night in Durango CO. The Scorpions and Demons would be tied with under 1 second on the clock and Brad Betz of Farmington High School took to the free-throw line to shoot 2 free-throws. All the faced paced and uptempo basketball that had been played up to this point rested on Betz shoulders and he delivers sinking both Free-throws to give the scoprions the win. Matt Huffhines led the Scorpions with a team high 17 points. Brad Betz hit the game winning free throws and Kyle Reynolds and Ethan Graf also chipped in with 8 points a piece.
Kirtland Central 61, Miyamura 46
The Kirtland Central Broncos took on the Miyamura Patriots on Tuesday night and the Broncos were the ones who came away victorious thanks to a great night shooting ht ball as the Broncos were lead to victory by Christian Mackey who had a game high 20 points and also contrinutjing for the Broncos was Seldon Watson who had a cool 12 points off the bench, and Joseph Willie who had 10 rebounds.
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