Week Four of the season seen one major upset of the night along with a few minor upset games on the night. NMPreps.com was there to capture some highlights.
Week Four Highlights
Bulldog State Of Mind
The No. 5 Albuquerque High Bulldogs (3-0) slightly doubted at the start of the season have again proven to be a team to put on your radar.
Led by, Mr. Basketball candidate, Mahlik Sims the Bulldogs beat two teams that were ranked in the Top-10 during week four. First taking out Cibola then taking out a Volcano Vista team that was in talks of being a Final Four team.
Head coach Ron Garcia, has brought back the Bulldog City crowd as the Bulldogs are back as one of New Mexico's top teams. The Bulldogs will square off with a struggling Manzano Monarchs (0-2) team this week on Wednesday night.
The Miyamura Patriots (3-0) are ranked in the Top-25 for the first time in school history, they sit at No. 21 after starting the season 3-0. The Patriots who have consistently sat at the bottom of their class and Big School Division hoops have made the biggest leap in any rankings.
New Coaches in 2012-2013
Mike Day, Alamogordo: The former Tigers coach is back on the sidelines after leaving in 2006, the year he led them to the 5A State Championship. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 17 after a (4-1) start.
Fernando Hernandez, Chaparral: The Lobos (3-3) a program that has been left off the map each season has made huge strides in 2012 and could be in consideration with some of the other tournament teams.
Steve Heredia, Centennial: With a surprising (2-2) start the former Chaparral head coach nearly upset one of the classifications top teams, falling to Los Lunas, 42-39 over the weekend. An impressive start for a school that opened it's doors this year.
Hot or Cold: Districts
District 4-5A (Record: 9-4) District only has three teams but two are ranked in the Top-5, Clovis (No. 3) and Hobbs (No. 4) while Carlsbad is (2-1) after having a pair of miserable years.
District 3-4A: Regarded as one of the weakest Districts for years this District officially looks like one of the strongest. They should have more than one team make state and could be a serious dog fight for the District title.
District 1-5A: The District had a bad week going 4-5 while most teams moved down in the rankings. Only Cibola stayed in the Top-10 while Cleveland slipped out of the Top-25 this week.
District 1-4A: The District started to gain some love last season and it has sent a team to the Final Four the past two years but this season they have lost many games and could be looking at one maybe two teams getting a bid.
Lessons Learned: Boy Grine Was Wrong
1. Taos was going to finis 4th in District 2-3A: The Tigers are 5-1 and ranked in the Top-25 as the only member from their District ranked this year.
2. Espanola Valley would be a year away: Still a lot of basketball to go but never did I think head coach Richard MArtinez would have his team playing this well this early. The Sundevils are young and I figured next year would be the year they were back. Solid job getting back into the Top-25 for the first time since 2011, the year they won it all.
3. Centennial might win 1 game: Well, the Hawks already look like they can hang with the classifications top teams and have more than one win. The Hawks could be a surprise tournament team.
Week Five: Top-25 Rankings
1. Eldorado Eagles: The Eagles (3-0) stay at the one spot with wins over Top-25 teams, Atrisco Heritage Academy and Hope Christian.
2. Valley Vikings: The Vikings (2-0) move up to the #2 spot after beating Cibola last week to stay perfect on the year.
3. Clovis Wildcats: After sitting at the 2-spot of the first four weeks the Wildcats slip a spot to number 3 after going (1-1) over the weekend.
4. Hobbs Eagles: After jumping out to a 5-0 start the Eagles went 1-2 this past week losing to some very tough Texas teams.
5. Albuquerque High Bulldogs: The Bulldogs (3-0) had a great weekend and start to the year beating three teams ranked in the Top-15 so far.
21. Miyamura Patriots: (3-0) start is the best in school history and 21 is the highest ranking, while being in the Top-25 is the first-ever.
23. Moriarty Pintos: The Pintos are (5-1) and off to their best start in over thirty years of basketball. Also, it is their first time being in the Top-25 in school history.
24. Taos Tigers: The Tigers are (5-1) and looking to make noise in 3A once again.
25. Espanola Valley Sundevils: at 5-2 the Sundevils could be thinking Elite Eight again this season. They are ranked in the Top-8 of their class.
Full Rankings Here-Week Five: Top-25 Rankings
School Honors Program
PLAYERS RISING THE CHARTS
Tyler Day, Alamogordo: Tyler Day in his first year of New Mexico basketball has already popped up on peoples radar and was seen on Week Four's 25 Mr. Basketball candidates. Day has been a big part to the Tigers fast start as they rise in the Top-25 Rankings.
2. Tim Brennan, Sandia: Brennan also seen on the Mr. Basketball candidates list has seen his stock rise faster than most players.
3. Earl Woods, Hobbs: Player of the week in Week Three, Earl Woods is the second Eagles player to make the candidates list for the Mr. Basketball award.
Feature Here: Week Four 25 Mr. Basketball Candidates
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Joshua Grine, is NMPreps.com Basketball Analyst. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org