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January 25, 2013
Week Eleven: Thursday Night Hoops
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.
Grine: Thursday Lessons
1. The Season of Parity Lives On: Last night, after a few days of saying some teams were out for the count they surprised us and showed life on Thursday Night. Plenty of scores that were eye openers even though there was only a handful of games. In Big School Division hoops on Thursday night we seen low-majors beat high majors and mid-majors solidify or build their resume before Districts hit all cylinders.
3. We Have Fight In Us: Not even on the radar for, "Bracket Watch: Road To The PIT" released yesterday the Cleveland Storm showed some threat - watch out District 1-5A for your sleeper. The Storm did fall last night but an overtime game to the third ranked team in New Mexico - Sandia - is impressive.
Prime Time Players: Johnny Doran
On Tuesday night, I said there is one player you need to keep an eye on in 3A basketball and that player is point guard, Johnny Doran of the Sandia Prep Sundevils. The kid has to be one of, if not the best guard in the classification. Well, Doran scored 27 points in a huge upset win over sixth ranked Eldorado last night. You can bet he will be a nominee for player of the week.
STARTING FIVE FROM THURSDAY
Thursday: Box Score Recaps
No. 3 Sandia 75, Cleveland 73 (OT): It took an extra four minutes but the No. 3 Sandia Matadors avoided an upset on Thursday night to beat Cleveland High School. Forward Tim Brennan led the Matadors with 25 points. Cleveland guard Kaydon Sneed also put in 25 points in the losing effort.
No. 23 Los Lunas 59, Belen 49: In District 6-4A action the Tigers of Los Lunas topped rival Belen by ten. Four of the Tigers starting five scored in double figures. Junior guard Chris Sanchez led all scorers with 16 points in the win.
No. 25 Sandia Prep 70, No. 6 Eldorado 65: Guard Johnny Doran led the No. 25 Sandia Prep Sundevils to one of their biggest wins in school history. Doran put in 27 points in the victory. Cullen Neal scored 24 points for the Eagles.
Cibola 61, No. 7 Manzano 45: In dominating fashion the Cibola Cougars upset the Manzano Monarchs. Wing Preston Bungei put in 21 points in the convincing win.
Rankings are the NMPreps.com Top-25 Small School Division Rankings.
No. 7 Santa Fe Prep 70, Cuba 25: In a game that was over before the half the Bule Griffins led by forward William Lenfestey (19 points) topped Cuba by 50.
No. 8 Bosque 51, Estancia 37: The eight ranked Bobcats dominated early in this one and never really looked back winning 51-37. Gabe Chavez had 19 points in the win for Bosque.
Atrisco Heritage 48, Rio Grande 45: Winning for the second time this season the Lady Jaguars were led by Maylena King who had 11-points.
St. Pius X 68, Sandia Prep 42: Natalie Zamaora scored 19 points in the convincing win over Sandia Prep on Thursday night.
Valley 57, Albuquerque High 48: Nina Green had 20 points in the District 6-4A win last night. The Vikings move to 11-5 on the season.
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