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November 30, 2012

Hoops: Weekend Wire

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Week Three is finally here and the real season gets going with several marquee games throughout the state. Plenty of Top-25 action taking place.

Big Weekend Games To Watch

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Tuesday, Nov. 27

No. 1 Eldorado 72
No. 23 West Mesa 47

No. 3 La Cueva 68
No. 9 Cibola 77

No. 4 Hobbs 97
Midland (TX) 54

No. 5 Valley 61
No. 12 Rio Rancho 59

No. 6 Volcano Vista 44
No. 16 Rio Grande 40

No. 7 Albuquerque 75
No. 10 Sandia 67

No. 11 Manzano 42
Moriarty 44

No. 13 Santa Teresa 61
Clint (TX) 39

No. 15 Atrisco Heritage 72
Sandia Prep 51

No. 22 Cleveland 55
No. 24 Highland 50

Wednesday, Nov. 28

No. 21 Capital 70
Pojoaque Valley 60

Thursday, Nov. 29

No. 25 Gallup 43
Albuquerque Academy 48

No. 8 Las Cruces 74
EP Bel Air (TX) 77

No. 22 Cleveland 59
Lubbock 48

Friday, Nov. 30

No. 3 Hobbs
Franklin (TX)

No. 8 Las Cruces
Jefferson (TX) Tournament

No. 25 Gallup

No. 22 Cleveland
Fresnship (TX) Tournament

Saturday, Dec. 1

No. 2 Clovis
No. 12 Rio Rancho

No. 3 Hobbs
Yselta (TX)

No. 8 Las Cruces
Jefferson (TX) Tournament

No. 13 Santa Teresa
No. 17 Los Lunas

No. 22 Cleveland
Frenship (TX) Tournament

Text Scores: (505) 414-4313

No. 2 CLOVIS (0-0) vs. No. 12 RIO RANCHO (0-1)
Where: Rio Rancho High, Rio Rancho, NM
When: Saturday, 5:30 PM
Cats-Rams Preview: No. 12 Clovis (0-0) travels up north to take on No. 12 Rio Rancho (0-1) on Saturday evening. The Wildcats comes to town with the number two ranking and feature Marquette University recruit John Dawson.

The Wildcats a team with so much depth and talent that could make waves this season and return to the 5A Final Four. Rio Rancho comes into this game playing another Top-5 team for the second time this week. After dropping a close one on Tuesday night to No. 5 Valley High School the Rams will look for their second upset chance.


No. 13 SANTA TERESA (2-0) vs. No. 17 LOS LUNAS (0-0)
Where: Los Lunas High School
When: Saturday, 3:00 PM
ST-Tigers Preview: No. 13 Santa Teresa the defending 4A champs come in ranked #1 in class 4A basketball. The Tigers come in ranked No. 17 (state) and No. 3 (4A).

The Desert Warriors have question marks as to top player Mario Ramirez and his status on the basketball team. Ramirez supposedly has been off the team as of recently. It is still unclear if he is off the team permanently. The Tigers come in highly ranked due to the talent returning from last season along with hiring one of the top coaches in the State, Travis Julian who led 5A power Manzano to the 2011 State Runner-up. This one could play big for both teams come seeding in March.


No. 3 HOBBS (3-0) vs. FRANKLIN (TX)
Where: Hobbs High School
When: Friday, 7:00 PM
Eagles-Franklin Preview: The Eagles (3-0) come into this one already beating three teams from across the border. This one however could be one of the bigger match-ups. Franklin (TX) has already beaten one Top-10 team from New Mexico in No. 8 Las Cruces High School.

Hobbs comes in with one of it's best teams since the 2008 State Championship team, led by Division-1 prospect Dane Pannell. Pannell has already capped two games with 25-plus points. Alongside is a threat from beyond the three point line in Adrian Sanchez and double-double player Earl Woods.

Tournament Action

Espanola Valley (2-0) vs. Mora (1-0): The Sundevils come into this one after a big win in the first round over Goddard High School. The Mora Rangers will play their biggest opponent as the 20th ranked team (Small School Division Top-25).
Taos (3-1) vs. Wingate (1-1): The Tigers of Taos are starting to make believers of people in the state. They take on Wingate who pounding beat 2A Mesa Vista, 45-27. Watch out for Kiko Martinez to do work again here.

SHIPROCK (2-0) vs. IGNACIO (CO): The Chieftains a talented team in 3A hoops moves onto the semi-finals to take on a strong team from Colorado who some could say upset host Kirtland Central on Thursday night.
Losers Bracket
Kirtland Central (1-1) vs. Bloomfield (0-1): The Broncos of KC look to redeem the loss from Thursday night. Bloomfield who played in District 1-4A with Kirtland Central will look to upset their former District opponent.

No. 2 TEXICO (1-0) vs. No. 13 LOGAN (1-0): In the first Top-25 (Small School Division) match-up the defending 1A State Champ Logan Longhorns take on host school Texico High School.

More Teams in Action

  • No. 3 Hobbs (3-0) plays on Saturday against Yselta (TX).
  • No. 8 Las Cruces (0-3) is in the losers bracket of the Jefferson (TX) Tournament.
  • No. 22 Cleveland (2-0) is in the semi-finals of the Frenship (TX) Tournament.
  • No. 25 Gallup (0-1) looks to overcome upset loss on Thursday night, play Farmington.

    Players to Watch

    John Dawson, Clovis: Ranked No. 3 (NMPreps.com Top 100 Player Rankings) over the summer, Dawson is one of the most talented players in the state of New Mexico.
    DJ Blackmon, Clovis: Also, on the Clovis roster and also in the Top-10 (NMPreps.com Top 100 Player Rankings) from this summer. Blackmon, another possible D-1 player is a fun player to watch with the athletic ability he brings to the table.
    Ben Romero, Los Lunas: Romero, who transferred over from Manzano this summer is a Top-50 player and could be the missing piece to the Tigers reaching the Elite Eight.
    Adrian Sanchez, Hobbs go-watch this young fella drain three after three this weekend in a pair of games against Texas teams.
    Austin Patterson, Rio Rancho: Another player who can knock down from beyond the arch. Patterson is also a defensive specialist and could be a fun one to watch.

    Grine Picks

    Grine's Current Record: (12-3)

    Shocked Pick: Rio Rancho over Clovis
    Upset Pick: Taos over Espanola
    Close To Call Pick: Los Lunas over Santa Teresa
    Straight Up: Kirtland Central over Bloomfield
    Straight Up: Texico wins Tournament
    Straight Up: Gallup over Farmington

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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.

    E-Mail: grinejosh@yahoo.com
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