Hoops: Saturday Night Recap Scores

1. Bubble Do: When you are a bubble team, every must win is needed and last night Santa Fe benefited greatly. First they beat Grants a fellow bubble team and then Del Norte winning, a team SFHS beat earlier won, giving the Demons a better resume.
2. Bubble Don't: Valencia and Grants losing bubble buster games. Yes, folks think its too earlier but when every win counts these come back to haunt you.
3. El Tigre: The Alamogordo Tigers needed this win going into the holiday season after getting upset on Friday night. The Los Lunas Tigers on the other hand are still looking to live up to the hype.
Prime Time Players
Tyler Day, Alamogordo: 28 points
Garrett Stockton, Alamogordo: 12 points
Jacob Holland, Los Lunas: 21 points
John Cotton, Espanola: 13 points
Drew Cole, Clovis: 20 points and 12 rebounds
Wyatt Honstein, Santa Fe: 20 points
Tres Chaires, Santa Fe 14 points
Christopher Wright, Del Norte: 18 points
Curtis Cordova, Pojoaque Valley: 14 points
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Box Score Recaps
(Josh Henderson of contributed the recaps)
No. 18 Alamogordo 67, No. 24 Los Lunas 58 OT
The Alamogordo Tigers did battle with the Los Lunas Tigers in a game that would feature a great comeback by the Los Lunas Tigers to send the game into overtime, and a lot of fast paced basketball on the night. For Los Lunas they dropped a close one that they surely felt they could have won and are now 3-3 on the year. For Alamogordo the win puts them at 6-3 on the year and proves that this years team is pretty resilient holding off the last Los Lunas charge in the final minutes. Alamogordo lead at the break 37-28 but Los Lunas would show some resolve of their own, and make it 57-57 at the end of regulation. Alamogordo would eventually pull out the win thanks to key buckets down the stretch and some good defense. Los Lunas was led offensively by Jacob Holland who had 21 points and Ben Romero who had 11 points. Getting things going offensively for Alamogordo was Tyler Day who had a game high 28 points while Garret Stockton had 12 points and T.J. Jones had 11 points.
No. 8 Clovis 58, No. 20 Espanola Valley 49
The Clovis Wildcats took on the Espanola Valley Sundevils on Saturday night at The Rock in Clovis New Mexico, as the Sundevils would take on the toughest team they have seen so far on the season last night. For Espanola the loss puts them at 10-3 on the season and also shows them what their new look might be once things get going as the 6'4'' transfer John Cotton was able to play for the Sundevils for the first time on the year and led all Espanola Valley scorers with a team high 13 points. For Clovis the winning streak continues at home with a good win against a scrappy opponent. Clovis improves to 5-2 on the season and the offensive charge was led by Senior Drew Cole who had 20 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds. John Dawson had 12 points.
No. 6 Las Cruces 85, Cleveland 63
The Las Cruces Bulldawgs took on the Cleveland storm in a good 5A matchup on Saturday night as the Bulldawgs were able to come away with a nice win over Cleveland before the Holiday break. Las Cruces improved to 5-3 on the season with the win. For Cleveland the loss puts them at 3-4 on the year. Las Cruces was lead offensively by Kai Williams and Joe Garza.
Portales 67, Santa Rosa 46
The Portales Rams faced off against the Santa Rosa Lions on Saturday night as both teams played a back and forth matchup before the Rams were able to run away with the game thanks to a high shooting percentage and getting good looking offensive possessions. For Santa Rosa the loss is a tough one to swallow but still transitioningfrom football to Basketball is going to take some time, primarily because you can't run the single win on the hard-wood. Portales looking tough in the early goings of the year and will resume play after the Christmas break.
Pecos 86, Clayton 56
The Pecos Panthers took on the Clayton Wildcats as the two teams meet for the first time on the year. Pecos improves to 5-1 on the season following the lopsided victory. P.J. C de Baca lead the Panthers to victory with a game high 21 points and also contributing to the Panthers success was Brandon Quintana who had 16 points and Johnny Vigil who had 15 points of his own. The Pecos Panthers started off the season loosing to Bosque Prep but since then they have improved, and are looking like they have what it takes to make some noise in 2A come tourney time, even though the season is still young, the Panthers have a unique chemistry that is a great advantage to them week in and week out if the Panthers get rolling at the Tri City Tournament in the coming weeks, opposing teams will have their hands full.
Santa Fe High 70, Grants 55
The Grants Pirates and the Santa Fe High Demons did battle on Saturday night as the two teams meet at Toby Roybal Gymnasium for the matchup. Santa Fe High is now on a 4 game winning streak and while they only lead 29-25 at the half the Demons surged ahead in the second half to help themselves to a serving of Victory before the holiday break making the win that much more meaningful. The Demons were led by Wyatt Honstein who had 20 points and Tres Chaires who had 14 points of his own.
Del Norte 66, Valencia 46
The Del Norte Knights and the Valencia Jaguars matched up on Saturday night as the two teams battled it out but it was the Knights who would walk away victorious. Both teams came out a bit flat but it was the Knights Christopher Wright who had 18 points on the night that got things going for Del Norte who led at the break 35-22 and would never look back.
Pojoaque Valley 78, Laguna Acoma 69
Ben Lujan Tournament - Championship
The Pojaque Valley Elks took on the Laguna Acoma Hawks on Saturday night in the Championship of the Ben Lujan Tournament in Pojoaque. The Hawks entered the matchup undefeated at 9-0 on the season but left with a loss and a 9-1 record, nothing to be ashamed of for the Hawks but perfection is always on the mind for Laguna Acoma and a win last night would have been huge for them. However Pojoaque is a very tough opponent and sometimes you learn more from a loss then a win. Don't tell Pojaque that though as they hoisted the Ben Lujan Championship trophy high while moving to 7-2 on the year following a good game by Curtis Cordova who led the Elks with a team high 14 points. Also Contributing for the Elk's was Anthony Rodriguez and Matthew Herrera who each had 10 points a piece.
No. 5 La Cueva 80, No. 25 Hope Christian 69
The La Cueva Bears and the Hope Christian Huskies faced off once again as the two teams have now become familiar foes as in recent years the pairing of these two teams has produced some excellent games, this year not so much, as the Bears would win big on Saturday night. La Cueva would end up wining thanks to more depth and better shooting percentages, as the Bears were able to get good looks at the basket all night long. For La Cueva the win puts them at 7-1 on the year.
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