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January 23, 2013
Week Eleven: District play is around the corner but we have a few marquee match-ups this week that could affect the rest of the season.
Tuesday Night Highlights
Grine: Tuesday Teachings
1. No. 2 Hobbs Making Their Presence Known: The final score was a close 89-83 but the Eagles jumped out early in this one and if it wasn't for a slow second half they could have won by a bigger margin. The Eagles could be the team that you count out but then plays for the blue in March. It has happened to many times and this team has something special when. When they are hot they could almost be unstoppable with the press.
2. No. 8 Las Cruces still the leader in District 3-5A: The No. 8 Las Cruces starts out 1-0 in District play with a 67-58 win over No. 21 Alamogordo High School. The Bulldawgs who were coming off a huge loss in week ten are looking to keep their Top-10 ranking and holding onto trying to lock up a top 8-seed in March.
3. To Close For Comfort - On The Rise or Fall: The defending 4A State Champions - Santa Teresa Desert Warriors barely snuck by the Goddard Rockets by one point on Tuesday Night, 48-47. We have to wonder if the Desert Warriors are slumping or have the Rockets solidified themselves once again as the dangerous dark horse? They are on my list of teams on the rise. Stay tuned for more features this week.
Prime Time Players
Bryce Alford, La Cueva: 36 points in win.
Micah Sanchez, St. Pius X: 13 points.
Zach Gentry, Eldorado: 16 points
Cody Roberts, Academy: 11 points
Daemund McCants, Onate: 10 points 4 rebounds
Surprise, Surprise: Fort Sumner 51, Texico 42. For the second time in a row the Ft. Sumner basketball teams upsets a Top-10 team in Small School Division basketball. The heat is high for those of you who follow the Small School Division (2A-1B).
Seeding Implications: Bosque 59, Santa Rosa 49. Yes, we are highlighting another Small School Division game. The Bobcats handled a team that many are picking as a possible Final Four team in the Lions of Santa Rosa. Also, the Tucumcari Rattlers who fell in the rankings this week made known that they are a Top-10 team and whoop up on Big School Division team - West Las Vegas, 71-57. Debate The S.S.D Final Four Teams.
Contender/Pretender: St. Michael's 41, Pojoaque Valley 34. Both teams were preseason favorites to play for the Final Four in 3A and even though it was close - only one team truly looks like a contender and the other a pretender.
Tuesday: Box Score Recaps
Sandia 74, Hope Christian 63: The Matadors of Sandia improved to 12-3 on the season in the win over Hope. Cameron Bean led the way for the Matadors with 15 points. Zac Garcia had 16 points for Hope Christian.
Albuquerque Academy 63, Capital 56: The Chargers of Capital continue beating and upsetting top ranked 4A teams in the state. The Chargers were led by Cody Roberts who had 11 points. The Jaguars were led by Michael Lopez who had 19.
Onate 37, Gadsden 34: Led by Daemund McCants who had 10 points the Knights moved to 1-0 in District 3-5A play. The Knights also had 7 points and 10 rebounds from JJ Dennis.
Highlights: St. Pius X 66, Sandia Prep 56: NMPreps.com was on hand for the match-up of two Top-25 teams with the Sartans taking the win. Guard Micah Sanchez scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half.
Eldorado 78, Del Norte 40: The sixth ranked Eagles moved to 11-3 with the 38-point win over Del Norte. The Eagles were led by sophomore post Zach Gentry with 16 points. Chris Wright led Del Norte with 17 points.
La Cueva 81, Rio Rancho 73: The number one ranked Bears were led by Bryce Alford with 36 points. La Cueva moves to 13-1 with their 13 straight victory. Three point specialist Jeremy Swafford led the Rams with 18 points.
Hobbs 89, Roswell 83: The Hobbs Eagled ranked no. 2 in the State of New Mexico in the latest NMPreps.com Top 25 rankings beat another top 10 team Tuesday Night thanks to 21 points from Early Woods and 11 from Dane Panell.
Carlsbad 61, Artesia 47: The Carlsbad Cavemen beat their rival, the Artesia Bulldogs Tuesday Night thanks to big efforts from Marcus Arrington and Shaur Smith. On the night for Artesia, Zeke Montoya scored 21 points. Carlsbad is now 11-5 on the season.
Farmington 48, Bloomfield 40: The Farmington Scorpions beat Bloomfield Tuesday Night thanks to 20 points from Matt Huffhines.
Las Cruces 67, Alamogordo 58: The Las Cruces Bulldawgs won their district opener beating Alamogordo thanks to 15 points from Kamryn Dixon and 15 points from Kai Williams.
Cibola 42, Hope Christian 41 (OT): Kim Chapman put in 12 points for the win as Cibola moved to 14-3. The Hope Huskies were led by Marissa Perry with 19 points.
Hobbs 34, Roswell 28
The Hobbs Eagles moved to 17-1 on the season after a hard fought win over Roswell Tuesday Night. On the night, Mackenzie Latimer scored 14 points for the Eagles.
Santa Fe 64, Espanola Valley 57 The Santa Fe Lady Demons are now 17-0 on the season after a big district win over Espanola Valley Tuesday Night. The Lady Demons were led by Sabrina Lozada Cabbage who scored 20 and Kayla Herrera who scored 20 points. For Espanola Lauren Quintana scored 31 as Espanola Valley moves to 15-4 on the season.
Sandia 53, Cleveland 47: The Matadors moved to 11-4 behind Astrea Reeds' 20 points. The Storm of Cleveland were led by Karlie Peck with 11-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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