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December 28, 2012
Thursday night kicked off week seven and tons of action with basketball tournaments taking place.
Highlights From Thursday
TASKER ARENA- In first round action of the Hobbs Holiday Classic the No. 2 team in New Mexico, Hobbs High School dominated from the get-go on the visiting Highland Hornets, 88-63.
The Eagles ran out to a quick 20 point lead in the first quarter and never looked back despite a second half Highland attempt of a comeback. The Hornets showed some talent however in guard/forwards Raheim McGee and Bryan Medina (26 points).
The show however went to the No. 2 Hobbs Eagles who found production from everyone in the lineup. NMPreps.com Mr. Basketball Candidate Dane Pannell did plenty for the Eagles from hitting jumpers to pulling down huge rebounds. Three point shooting came from Adrian Sanchez along with other production from the backcourt. Adrian Sanchez led Hobbs with 20 points while Dane Pannell had 17, Adrian Brown had 15 & Earl Woods had 14.
Grine: Thursday Lessons
1. Tasker Arena = New Mexico's finest: I could write a full length feature on my experience to Tasker Arena and Hobbs, New Mexico. This is a special place to watch a basketball game. The Eagle faithful, administration, and your average fan in the stands are truly one of a kind. I don't have enough space to talk about the experience and I have yet to mention Hobbs can press but you knew that!
2. Monarchs on the rise: After a slow start this season the Monarchs pull off their second consecutive win and first win over a Top-25 team with a one point win over No. 21 Espanola Valley.
3. Never count out Hope Christian : For the first time in 45 weeks the Hope Christian Huskies weren't ranked in the Top-25. Well, the Huskies took it out on the No. 9 Rio Rancho Rams upsetting them in the first round of the Holiday Tournament (Cleveland High School).
Prime Time Players
James Croasdell, Albuquerque High: 15 points/10 rebounds
Bobby Montoya, Albuquerque High: 15 points/13 rebounds
Mahlik Sims, Albuquerque High: 16 points/7 assists
Zach Martin, Belen: 19 points/15 rebounds
Satchel Baker, Piedra Vista: 20 points
Box Score Recaps
No. 1 Albuquerque High 67, Hereford (TX) 45: At the SW Dairy Clovis Tournament, the No. 1 team in New Mexico Albuquerque High Bulldogs ran away in convincing fashion over Hereford (TX), 67-45. The Bulldogs pack leaders James Croasdell (15 points/10 rebounds/6 assist), Bobby Montoya (15 points/13 rebounds) and Mahlik Sims (16 points/7 assists) proved they belong among the conversation of best trios in the state.
Hope Christiaan 84, Rio Rancho 64: The Hope Christian Huskies faced off against the Rio Rancho Rams in the First Round of the Joe Sapien Classic. The Rams would struggle to contain the Huskies fast break of the Huskies on the night and would inevitably fall to Hope Christian thanks to superb efforts by Austin Drake who had 23 points and Tommy Riley who had 17 point soy his own. Despite the loss Josh Lucero of the Rams finished with a game high 27 points.
Manzano 59, Espanola Valley 58: The Manzano Monarchs and the Espanola Valley Sundevils did battle in the first round of the Joe Sapien Classic on Thursday evening. The Sundevils would come out of the gates red hot burring 3 ball after 3 ball, but it was the consistency of the Monarchs that would help them pull out the win in the long run after trailing for 3 qtrs. THe Monarchs would eventually get the come from behind victory as Manzanos T.j. Holyfield would hit a last second 3 point bucket to help seal the deal for the Monarchs. Holyfield finished with 17 points and also chipping in was Keeshan Turtle who had 18 points for the Monarchs.
Santa Teresa 58, Cleveland 45: The Cleveland Storm took on the Santa Teresa Desert Warriors on Thursday afternoon. The Desert Warriors won the matchup after coming out flat in the first half. Santa Teresa was able to get thins going from a variety of spots on the floor but it was mostly a game that was won and lost in the paint as the Desert Warriors had big advantage in rebounding and second chance opportunities. Leading the way for the Desert Warriors was Mario Ramirez, Manuel Zermeno and Jacob Fernandez.
Capital 53, West Mesa 47: The Capital Jags took on the West Mesa Mustangs. The Jaguars took on the West Mesa Mustangs in what would be a good matchup in the first round of the Stu Clark tournament in Las vegas New Mexico. The Jaguars would trail by 6 points at the halfway point but they would rally back and improve their record to 9-1 on the year. Leading the way for the Jaguars was Christian Martinez.
Sandia Prep 61, Deming 50: The Sandia Prep Sundevils took on the Deming Wildcats in what would be a good game throughout, the loss puts Deming at 8-3 and the win moves Sandia Prep to 6-1 on the season. The Game took place in loss lunas in the first round of the Los Lunas invitational. Leading the way for Sandia Prep was Johnny Doran who had 18 points on the night.
Bosque 62, Valencia 57 (OT): The Bosque Bobcats (Small School Division Top-25) defeated the Big School Division Valencia Jaguars in the first round of the Valencia County Los Lunas Tournament.
Piedra Vista 75, Belen 66: In the first round of the Poe Corn Tournament in Roswell, New Mexico the Panthers came up with a bit of a surprise win over Belen. The Panthers were led by Ty Jaquez and Satchel Baker who finished the night with 20 points each. Belen was led by Zach Martin who had 19 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
Shiprock 74, Navajo Prep 40: Justin Begay had 17 points and Hiram Gleason finished with 12 points as the Chieftains dominated in the first round game of the NMAIC Tournament in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Pecos 62, Escalante 18: The Pecos Panthers and the Escalante Lobos faced off in the first round of the Tri-Cities Tournament and the Panthers would roll past the Lobos after leading 45-10 at the half. The Panthers would never look back. Leading the Way for the Panthers was Aaron Lujan who had 17 points, and Johnny Vigil who had 14 points of his own.
Santa Rosa 71, McCurdy 60 : The Santa Rosa Lions took on the McCurdy Bobcats in some more first round action at the Tri-Cities tournament. Santa Rosa would would pull away late in the game. The win can be contributed to Rober Zamora's 22 points as he would score a game high and help lead his team to victory. Also helping out for the Lions was Tim Valverde and Miguel Cisneros.
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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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