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December 22, 2012
Week Six is here and brings plenty of action to the table for the holiday weekend. Some Top-25 games that you dont want to miss.
(Josh Henderson of NMPreps.com brings you the highlight)
No. 3 Albuquerque High 85, No. 1 Eldorado 82
The #3 Albuquerque High Bulldogs were set to do battle with the #1 Eldorado Eagles on a crisp Friday night in a Friday Night Matchup of two top 5 teams.
When these two teams meet in the Bulldog City you know its going to be a good one. Tonight was no different. Both teams got out to a decent start, but it was Eldorado who came out a bit faster and it was Cullen Neal who lead the Charge for the Eagles. Neal had to pick up the pace a little more so on the night then others because Kane Martinez was plagued by foul trouble and the Bulldog bigs' did a decent job of limiting Zach Gentry and Zach Lee offensively.
The First half came to a close with Alb High closing a 12 point gap to only trail by 3 points at the half following a buzzer beating 3 pointer. The 2nd half began and it was apparent that the Bulldogs were for real and the charge was lead offensively by Mahlik Sims and Bobby Montoya, who both played exceptional on the night and helped grind out a huge win over rival Eldorado.
Leading all scorers on the night was Cullen Neal of Eldorado who had a monster 43 point performance. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Mahlik Sims who had 26 points and 12 assists, also Contributing was Bobby Montoya, who had 23 points and 9 rebound, James Croasdell also did his part for the Bulldogs as he had 10 points, 18 rebounds, and 6 steals.
Grine: Lessons Learned On Friday
2. 5A basketball is wide open in 2012-2013: For the first time this season week seven will have a new number one team in the land but it seems like anyone could be upset this season. Right now I could see as many as 12 to 13 teams making a run to the title in 2013.
3. Small School Division Representing: The Laguna-Acoma Hawks (No. 1 NMPreps.com Top-25 Small School Division) upset the No. 19 team in the state of New Mexico the Taos Tigers, running away in the second half to what could be their biggest win yet.
Prime Time Players
Mahlik Sims, Albuquerque High: 26points and 12 assist
Bobby Montoya, Albuquerque High: 23 points and 9 rebounds
James Croasdell, Albuquerque High: 10 points, 18 rebounds and 6 steals
Cullen Neal, Eldorado: 43 points
Adonis Saltes, Valley: 27 points
Joe Anaya, Valley: 14 points
Marcus Williams, Cleveland: 20 points
Patrick Roark, Atrisco: 18 points
Josh Sanchez, Cibola: 20 points
DJ Blackmon, Clovis 18 points
Bryce Alford, La Cueva: 30 points
Eric Guiterrez, West Mesa: 18 points
Box Score Recaps
(Josh Henderson of NMPreps.com contributed the recaps)
La Cueva 69, West Mesa 59
The La Cueva Bears faced off against the West Mesa Mustangs on the night and the Bears earned the victory and a 6-1 record on the year. For West Mesa the Mustangs dropped one they wish they could have had and will remain winless on the season at 0-4, for the Mustangs they saw offensive production out of Eric Gutierrez who had 19 points and Jason Baca who had 18 points of his own. Leading the way for the Bears was none other then Bryce Alford who had a game high 30 points which is actually a season low for Alford who had been averaging 40 points per game on the season.
Valley 77, Cleveland 54
The Valley Vikings took on the Cleveland Storm on Friday night in Rio Rancho and the Vikings would end up coming away with the victory on the road. For Cleveland the loss is a hard one to swallow and it puts them at 3-4 on the season. For Valley the win pushes them to 4-1 on the season and demonstrates just how potent they can be defensively and offensively shutting down the Storm to only 6 points in the 2nd quarter while pouring in 29 points of their own on the 2nd quarter. This is where the game was won and lost for the two teams, Valley simply outworked the Storm and their toughness defensively helped seal the deal. Leading the way for the Vikings was Adonis Saltes who had a game high 27 points. Also Contributing for the Vikings was Joe Anaya who had 14 points. Leading the way for the Storm despite the loosing effort was Marcus Williams who had 20 points.
Atrisco Heritage 48, Cibola 42
The Atrisco Heritage Jaguars did battle with the Cibola Cougars on Friday night and it was the Jags who would end up winning the contest and improve to 5-2 on the season while the loss drops Cibola to 4-4 on the year. For Cibola leading the way offensively was Josh Sanchez who had a game high 20 points. Atrisco Heritage saw offensive production from Patrick Roark who had 18 points.
Clovis 71, Portales 49
The Clovis Wildcats took on the Portales Rams on Friday Night in Clovis, THe Wildcats would play their first game at home on the season and would improve to 4-2 while doing so. For the Wildcats the win is a nice one to get under their feet before heading into the holiday break. For Portales the loss is more like a win, being able to play against a quality opponent like Clovis will only make them better offensively and defensively as well as allow the coaches to go look over film of the game and see their true strengths and weaknesses. Leading the way for the Wildcats was D.J. Blackmon who had 18 points and Drew Cole who had 17 points of his own, John Dawson had 11 on the night for the Cats.
Manzano 50, Rio Grande 45
The Manzano Monarchs faced off against the Rio Grande Ravens on Friday night and the win would be crucial to both teams as both are suffering from sub par records as the win for Manzano pushes them to 1-4 on the year and the loss drops the Ravens to 2-6. Manzano was able to come away with a close victory thanks to efforts by Keeshan TTurtle who had 12 points and Jarrell Harper who had 14 points. Rio Grande was led offensively by Mike Torrez who had 18 point and Dennis Lucero who had 12 points in the loosing effort.
Espanola Valley 62, Robertson 46
The Espanola Valley Sundevils took on the Robertson Cardinals on Friday night and both teams got off to a hot start as the game was 20-18 after the first period. However as the game wore on the Sundevils would manage more buckets and would put some runs together to help pad their lead, a led that once they got, they would not loose thanks to pressure defense and uptempo basketball all night long.
Santa Fe High 56, St. Michael's 52
The Santa Fe High Demons faced off against bitter rival St. Mikes on Friday night in Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium for yet another classic matchup between the two programs. The Loss is tough one to swallow for St. Michael's who had an opportunity to tie up the game in the closing seconds but stiff Demon defense was the key to Santa Fe Highs success on the night.
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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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