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February 6, 2013

Recap: No. 1 La Cueva Falls

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Week Thirteen: Tuesday Night brings us the first match-up between the number one team in New Mexico against the number two team.

Tuesday Night Highlights

No. 2 Sandia 96, No. 1 La Cueva 81: The 17-game winning streak has come to an end and we will have a new number one team in week fourteen. Tim Brennan the forward for the Matadors led the No. 2 Sandia Matadors to one of their biggest wins under head coach Alvin Broussard.

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Top-25 Rankings
Tuesday, Feb. 5th

No. 1 La Cueva 81
No. 2 Sandia 96

No. 4 Hobbs 66
No. 13 Carlsbad 69

No. 6 St. Pius X 71
Del Norte 55

No. 8 Roswell 70
Ruidoso 31

No. 10 Eldorado 62
No. 11 Manzano 55

No. 12 Volcano Vista 62
Rio Rancho 61

No. 14 Deming 63
Chaparral 39

No. 19 Abq. Academy 50
Moriarty 40

No. 22 Cibola 71
Cleveland 54

No. 23 Alamogordo 42
Gadsden 41

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What I Learned from Sandia: Sandia moves the ball very well and has several different weapons. I also like the way that they crash the defensive boards not allowing others to get second chance points.
What I Learned about La Cueva: Bryce Alford can score - we knew that - but he is an excellent passer but doesn't really have anyone who can finish at the basket off his nice passing abilities.

Three Things Learned Tuesday:

1. You Didn't Want To Be No. 1: Not only did No. 1 La Cueva fall from Big School Division (5A - 3A) basketball but No. 1 Laguna-Acoma fell from Small School Division (2A-1B) basketball. The Hawks also suffer only their second loss of the season and first against a small school division team.

2. The Caveman Are For Real: The Carlsbad Cavemen rarely win in District 4-5A play and they have ended the streak getting one of their biggest wins in school history beating the No. 4 team in New Mexico - the Hobbs Eagles. Also, looking at the standing - technically - the Cavemen are in first place. Crazy I know.

3. Revenge Is Sweet: The Volcano Vista Hawks may have lost the first go around with District foe Rio Rancho but the Hawks won the important one - the one in District play. The Hawks move to 10-9 on the season and the only team above .500 in 1-5A.

Grine: Tuesday Rundown

Shocker: Robertson 71, No. 24 Sandia Prep 65. Nobody could have predicted or seen this coming. The Robertson Cardinals ranked in the bottom 6 of 3A pulled off a monster upset taking out Top-25 team Sandia Prep on Tuesday night.

Too Close For Comfort: No. 23 Alamogordo 42, Gadsden 41. The Tigers of Alamogordo squeaked out what could have been a disastrous loss for their tournament hopes. The Tigers could not afford a loss to the last ranked team in 5A hoops.

More Insanity: Mayfield 55, Onate 53. Well, the Onate Knights have basically lost any hope of getting into the state tournament with this loss. Tuesday night was just a night filled of surprises - I have to say that I am shocked.

Bubble IN, Bubble OUT: Artesia 71, Goddard 62. The Artesia Bulldogs, like Carlsbad, finally got the monkey off their back winning a District game. The Bulldogs also build their resume for an At-Large bid to the 2013 State Tournament.

Make It 12: Dexter 78, Eunice 39. The Dexter Demons (No. 2 Small School Division Top 25) won in convincing fashion and continue to improve this season. If they finish out the rest of the week perfect the number one slot in Small School Division could be theirs with the recent Laguna-Acoma loss.

Prime Time Player: Tim Brennan

Brennan put in 19 points and around 8 rebounds on Tuesday night to help the Matadors knock off the number one team in New Mexico. Brennan does a lot for the Matadors on both ends of the floor and is the nucleus to a unselfish team.

Starting Five From Tuesday

  • Bryce Alford, La Cueva: 42 points.
  • Cullen Neal, Eldorado: 31 points.
  • Preston Bungei, Cibola: 20 points.
  • Micah Sanchez, St. Pius X: 22 points

    Box Score Recaps & Scores

    Volcano Vista 62, Rio Rancho 61: The Volcano Vista Hawks move to 1-0 on opening night of District 1-5A play. The Hawks were led by senior guard Sam Haywood who had 21 points in the win. Josh Lucero finished with 21 points for the Rio Rancho Rams in the loss.

    Albuquerque Academy 50, Moriarty 40: The Chargers of Albuquerque Academy won a crucial game opening up District play in 5-4A. Bryan Jaramillo led the team in scoring with 12 points. Luke Thomas put in 11-points for the Moriarty Pintos in the loss.

    Bosque 47, Laguna-Acoma 32: The Bobcats got one of their biggest wins of the season and now have wins over Pecos and Laguna two teams favored to win it all in 2A. The Bobcats were led by Andres Rivera who had 15 points.

    Hope Christian 80, Los Alamos 44: The Huskies moved past Los Alamos easily in a non-district game. Dedric Milford led the team in scoring with 15 points. Skyler Vennis scored 20 points for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.

    St. Pius X 71, Del Norte 55: The number one team in class 4A moved past the Knights easily in District 5-4A action. Micah Sanchez led the Sartans with 22 points. Post man Christopher Wright finished with 22 points for the Knights.

    Cibola 71, Cleveland 54: The Cibola Cougars opened District 1-5A play with a win over the Storm. Preston Bungei the talented wing/guard scored 20 points for the Cougars. Freshman Marcus Williams finished with 21 points for the Storm.

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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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