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January 28, 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.
Week Twelve: Top-25 Rankings
Before we look back at what happened in week eleven let's take a peak at the new NMPreps.com Top-25 Team Rankings. Not surprising anyone the number one team in New Mexico stays with the La Cueva Bears (14-1, 0-0) who continue the winning streak to 14-games.
Coming in at number two this week is the Sandia Matadors (13-3, 0-0) with their highest ranking in three seasons and highest under head coach Alvin Broussard. The third ranked team made the biggest leap in the Valley Vikings (13-3, 2-0) who went 2-0 to open District 5-5A play.
BACK IN Y'ALL
Two teams are back into the Top-25 after spending a few weeks outside, No. 24 Cibola Cougars (7-9, 0-0) and No. 25 Rio Grande Ravens (7-9, 2-0). The Cougars had a big week beating two teams that were ranked in the top-10 last week.
The slide continues for the Rio Rancho Rams (9-10, 0-0) who dropped three games last week. Also, falling outside the Top-25 is the Gallup Bengals (10-7, 1-1) who suffered a bad loss to Belen on Saturday night.
Prime Time Player: Marcus Arrington
We recognized Marcus Arrington on our Saturday Recap and now he takes home the award as my Prime Time Player for Week 11. Arrington's 32 points against Rio Rancho High School has people talking about the Cavemen for - the first time - in my three years here.
All-Week Eleven Team: Starting Five
Marcus Arrington, Carlsbad: 32 points
Bryce Alford, La Cueva
Cullen Neal, Eldorado: 20 points
Kevin Saiz, Cibola: 21 points
Adonis Saltes, Valley: Big in week eleven District 5-5A play.
Grine: Bleacher Review
Last week, was a fun, frustrating, and "freaky". Well, I guess not freaky but couldn't find another word to put with the other two F-words.
First, fun with all of the action and games including a 3/4 shot by a Hobbs guard during the Rio Rancho-Hobbs game on Friday night. Frustrating because - and this is a long story cut short - I was stranded on Saturday on my way to the Espanola-Capital game. Little red - my car - decided it had enough driving for the week. So short story I missed a great game between the two teams! Freaky I guess could be used for the amount of upsets in one week. Thank god I don't bet on high school hoops!
Well, no news here. I guess Sandia Prep (Tuesday) was not selling any tickets and Rio Rancho (Friday) must have sold them before I got there but one kid had three shots to hit from half-court. He was waaaaaay off. All is good no "wished" money lost. 50/50 Record: 0-44
Give him a raise: Jamaal Brown, Carlsbad
Hot seat now cold: Ray Rodriguez, Cibola
Coach who earned his check: Sean Jimenez, Rio Grande
I see you: Artesia
Darn good see you in March: Dexter
I want to watch: C-Bad
Miles Traveled: 60 plus/Plus A Ride in a Tow Truck
Concession Food: None
Team of the Week: Carlsbad
Shocked? I didn't think so, the Cavemen are currently riding a 5-game winning streak and ranked higher than they ever have been. The biggest win in the Jamaal Brown era had to come against Rio Rancho.
More Teams Getting Love:
Artesia Bulldogs: The Bulldogs still outside the Top-25 but big week with wins over Santa Teresa and Chaparral.
Cibola Cougars: The Cougars as explained had a stellar week with wins over Manzano and Hobbs.
Rio Grande Ravens: They continue to improve, if you seen or played them early this season get ready to be surprised the team is getting better.
Week Eleven Highlights/Recaps
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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