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December 27, 2012

Week Seven: Holiday Tournaments

Season: 2012-2013
More: Team Schedules | Weekly Schedules

Week Seven of the 2012-2013 basketball season is a short one but features plenty of games around the state. Several basketball tournaments are taking place with many of the Top-25 teams playing around the state.

    Tournament Skinny: One of New Mexico's most historic holiday tournaments welcomes another talented group of out of state teams. The No. 2 team in the state of New Mexico, the Hobbs Eagles will look to win their own tournament and are a favorite from NM. Two other teams to keep an eye on are Millennium (AZ) and Lawton (OK). The other New Mexico team in the bracket is the Highland Hornets who are still looking for a win.
    Grine's Pick: Hobbs over Millennium (AZ)

    Players to Watch:
    Dane Pannell, Hobbs
    Earl Woods, Hobbs
    Adrian Sanchez, Hobbs
    Malik Baker, Highland
    Dominic Baazan, Highand
    Bryan Medina, Highland
    Tevin Foster, Lawton (OK)
    Narsissis Woods, Lawton (OK)

    Why To Watch: There is tons of talent at this tournament and on Day 1 of the Tournament, NMPreps.com's Joshua Grine will be at Tasker Arena to capture the first day.

    Tournament Skinny: The tournament has downsized to 8-teams this season but will feature a wealth of talent. Five, NMPreps.com Top-25 teams will participate in the bracket. No. 5 Las Cruces High School makes their trip up north and will take on a solid Canyon Randall (TX) team. One of the hottest teams of late is the No. 9 Rio Rancho Rams who take on the Hope Christian Huskies. On the bottom half you have to like the match-ups of Manzano and No. 21 Espanola Valley along with host school Cleveland High School taking on No. 16 Santa Teresa.
    Grine's Pick: Las Cruces over Santa Teresa

    Five To Watch:
    Kai Williams, Las Cruces
    Mario Ramirez, Santa Teresa
    Nathan Cordova, Espanola Valley
    TJ Holyfield, Manzano
    Brady Patterson, Rio Rancho

    Why To Watch: NMPreps.com video man Josh Henderson will be covering the first day of the tournament. Plus five Top-25 teams are playing in the tournament and could feature four or five Final Four teams from their respected classifications.


    Tournament Skinny: The third year of the tournament brings one of the more balanced set of teams. The first round must see match-up comes between the No. 17 Sandia Prep Sundevils and the No. 23 Deming Wildcats. The winner of this game is likely to play for the championship. The host school No. 25 Los Lunas Tigers are also a favorite with a dark horse in an improving Del Norte Knights.


    First Round - Goddard HS
    5:30 PM: Belen vs. Piedra Vista
    7:00 PM: Grants vs. Goddard
    First Round - Roswell HS
    5:30 PM: Los Alamos vs. Artesia
    7:00 PM: No. 8 Roswell vs. Farmington
    Why To Watch: A solid bubble builder tournament for 4A teams as the bracket is loaded with teams looking to build their resumes. The favorite is the No. 8 team in the state with the Roswell Coyotes. I like several dark horses in this one including the Belen Eagles and Grants Pirates along with the Goddard Rockets who have been playing well as of late. Also, Joshua Grine of NMPreps.com will be on hand either Friday or Saturday to bring highlights.

    11:30 Tularosa vs Burges
    2:30 Valley vs Mesilla Valley
    5:30 Willis High (TX) vs Carlsbad
    8:30 Alamogordo vs El Paso (TX)
    Why Watch: Tons of Top 150 Players in the field and a favorite in No. 6 Valley High School. Also, a surging No. 20 Alamogordo Tigers could be the challenger in this one. The two dark horse teams in the bunch are No. 22 Carlsbad and top Small School Division team Tularosa High School.

    11:35 St. Mike's vs Cathedral
    1:10 Trent Internationale vs God's Academy
    4:20 Albuquerque High vs Hereford
    7:30 Harmony vs Clovis
    Why to Watch: Marquette signee John Dawson of Clovis High School leads the the No. 7 Clovis Wildcats in this one. Tons of talent however and the No. 1 team in New Mexico takes center stage, the Albuquerque High Bulldogs. Look out for the talented Trent Internationale however to be a clear favorite for the championship.

    1:00 Bernalillo vs St Pius
    3:00 West Mesa vs Capital
    6:00 Robertson vs Moriarty
    8:00 Central High vs West Las Vegas
    Why to Watch: The Stu Clark is a special tournament because it takes place at the New Mexico Highlands University. The field is well balanced and the favorites could all be on one side of the bracket with No. 12 St. Pius X taking on No. 19 Bernalillo and No. 13 Capital taking on West Mesa.


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