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Turnabout was fair play for the Colt basketball team Monday, as NMMI (6-9) avenged an early season loss to the Cardinals with a 65-55 victory over Eunice (12-5) in Godfrey Gym.
Playing the makeup game in the smaller facility — the Broncos were in action in Cahoon Armory — the Institute rarely trailed, but had to battle for most of the match. The difference between Monday’s game and the one in Eunice, said coach Jame Kelt, came late.
“We felt like we had a shot down there, too,” he said. “The difference was, we that we got that lead and they had to come foul us. And their coach was upset that they were fouling the wrong people.”
That drew a laugh, because almost every Colt hit from the line. NMMI was 15-for-18 from the charity stripe, while the Cardinals were a mere 7-for-19. Once again. Mac Brown led the scoring charge, picking up a game-high 27. But this time, he spread his scoring around, getting five 3s; three field goals; and six free throws.
“He had a good game,” Kelt said. “He’s very offensive minded. I wish some of these other guys would also look at that too. Be offensive minded at the right time. But I thought our bigs, again, they did some tremendous things tonight. Evan (Tirado) made some free throws. So I was pleased with that effort we had from them.”
Todd Dennis and Tirado tallied nine points each (Dennis had a 3-pointer), and five other Colts scored. Jose Luis Rodriguez led Eunice with 17 while Emmanuel Gonzalez notched 13.
Brown put NMMI up early, keeping the Cardinals from scoring until almost three minutes in, but the former district foes never gave up, taking leads early in the first quarter and trailing only 16-12 at the buzzer.
NMMI again had a tie in the second, pulling ahead to 27-24 heading into the locker room, and despite some Cardinal runs, the Colts stretched the lead to 42-38 after three.
The Institute will have no time to savor the victory, as they’ll be back in action Tuesday vs. Hagerman, a team they defeated by six in early December.
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The Broncos did what they had to do Monday, topping Frank Phillips 83-70 to put them at 4-4 in the WJCAC (10-8 overall), in fifth place just one game back of a potential tie for third and fourth place. (The top four teams in the conference advance to the regional tournament.)
“This was a must win, so we needed to take care of our business, and we did,” said Bronco coach Sean Schooley. “They got into a rhythm and started doing some stuff.”
Playing at home, NMMI jumped out to a 10-1 lead, allowing only one Plainsman free-throw to land in the first five minutes. A trey by Joe Lester finally broke that almost-scoreless string, and FPC kept things close in the first half, cutting the Bronco lead to four and only trailing 36-30 at the half.
But the Institute came out on fire in the second half, slowly stretching their lead to 19 before the Plainsmen made the final margin 13.
“I think we played really exceptional defense tonight,” Schooley said. “I think it made the difference in the game. I think that we established it early, and we’ve got to know that basketball is such a game of runs. Everybody’s got a run in them, one way or another, and they made a good run. (Plainsman coach Chris Hackett) is a good coach.”
Only three Broncos that saw time on the floor didn’t score, with everyone else contributing to the offense.
Dane Williams was hot in the first half, scoring 14 of his 16 points.
“I like Chaz Lassister,” Schooley said. “I think our little point guard came in and did an exceptional job. I think Andre Berry got back on track. Aaron Bodie did a heck of a job, bringing his energy. So it was a good team effort. Everybody played; everybody contributed. So I’m pleased.”
Berry led the NMMI scoring with 17 points, while Marc Seylan tallied 14 and Haudrick Hilaire 11.
The only negative Schooley saw was on the boards, but he still saw positives there.
“We still didn’t rebound like we should have, but we shot it a lot better than we had,” he said. “I think we did a really good job on the offensive glass. We got 18 offensive rebounds, which is not bad. We just played with a lot of energy. We did a couple of bonehead plays, but that’s just youth and inexperience. It was a must-win game. Every game now is a must. We’ve got to take care of business Thursday.”
The Broncos will be home again Thursday vs. Western Texas College, a team that’s just below them in the standings but that beat them in Snyder earlier this year.
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CARLSBAD — Swimming is a lot like track — strong individuals can beat anyone of any class if they’re good enough, but it takes numbers to win as a team.
So for the nine-person NMMI swim team — four girls and five boys — doing well against 6A schools Carlsbad and Alamogordo during a triangular meet in the Cave City says a lot about the Colts.
The Institute boys pounded the Tigers 67-31 and just missed against the host Cavemen, 69-64. The Lady Colts beat the Cavegirls 53-48 but fell to Alamo 103-39.
Individually, the Colts won every event they competed in (eight) and took two seconds.
Alvaro Cordovez, Fernando Rodrigez, Luke Shereston and Spencer Lane won both the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay, requalifying the former and qualifying the latter. Despite being ill and swimming with a jammed thumb, Cordovez won the 200-yard freestyle and took second in the 100-free; Shereston won the 50 and 100 free and 100-yard backstroke (missing the NMMI record by a half second) and got second in the 100-yard breaststroke; Rodriguez took the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breast; Ben Clemens took third in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free; and Spencer Lane took second in the 100 breast.
The girls earned four golds, sweeping the 100-yard freestyle event, with Amira Hindi leading the way followed by Samantha Ikard and Elise Coakley.
Those three, along with Tamara Flynn, took first in the 100 freestyle relay and second in the 100-IM. Ikard won the 50 free. Flynn took gold in the the 100 breast and second in the 200 free; Coakley took third in the 50 free; and Hindi fifth in the 50 free.
“I think we did great with our team,” said coach Jan Olesinski. “This was a kind of training, because it’s Friday, so it’s hard to do nothing all week then go to a meet, but everybody swam good and had a good performance.”
Hindi was upset with her time in the 50 free, but lost her goggles during the swim which contributed to the slowdown, and the girls just missed qualifying in the 200 free relay by a second, despite one swimmer missing the wall.
“She didn’t come close enough to push so she has to go back, touch the wall and push. She lost about two seconds and we missed it by one second, so I believe we can qualify,” Olesinski said.
The Colts have two more chances to qualify the girls. They’ll compete in the much-tougher Griffin Invitational (hosted by Santa Fe Prep) Jan 31 — “They are always better competition over there. More teams, so the girls have a good chance to qualify,” Olesinski said — then travel to Hobbs the next weekend to compete in the district meet.
Combined team results
NMMI 117, Carlsbad 117
Alamogordo 134, NMMI 106
Carlsbad 69, NMMI 64
NMMI 67, Alamogordo 31
200-yard individual medley relay — 1 (Alvaro Cordovez, Fernando Rodrigez, Luke Shereston, Spencer Lane), 1:48.11
200-yard freestyle — 1, Alvaro Cordovez, 1:53.08
200-yard individual medley — 1, Fernando Rodrigez, 2:19.35
50-yard freestyle — 1, Spencer Lane, 25.04; 3, Ben Clemons, 27.31
100-yard freestyle — 1, Luke Shereston, 50.06; 2, Alvaro Cordovez, 51.22; 5, Ben Clemens, 1:04.46
100-yard backstroke — 1, Luke Shereston, 57.40
100-yard breaststroke — 1, Fernando Rodrigez, 1:10.39; 2, Spencer Lane, 1:11.30
400-yard freestyle relay — 1 (Luke Shereston, Spencer Lane, Fernando Rodrigez, Alvaro Cordovez), 3:37.38ß
NMMI 53, Carlsbad 48
Alamogordo 103, NMMI 39
200-yard individual medley relay — 2 (Samantha Ikard, Tamara Flynn, Elise Coakley, Amira Hindi), 2:16.93
200-yard freestyle — 2, Tamara Flynn, 2:09.23
50-yard freestyle — 1, Samantha Ikard, 28.13; 3, Elise Coakley,30.79; 5, Amira Hindi, 32.10
100-yard freestyle — 1, Amira Hindi, 1:08.31; 2, Samantha Ikard, 1:09.25; 3, Elise Coakley, 1:09.84
200-yard freestyle relay — 1 (Samantha Ikard, Amira Hindi, Elise Coakley, Tamara Flynn), 1:56.20
100-yard breaststroke — 1, Tamara Flynn, 1:16.35
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Early on in Tuesday’s boys basketball game between the Colts and Warriors, it looked like Gateway might do what the Lady Colts did earlier in the night: avenge an opening season loss to their opponent. In the first half, GCS played what coach John Worrall said was “as good as we’d played this season as far as passing the ball around,” giving them an eight-point edge at the half.
But NMMI was not to be denied, and behind the hot shooting of Mac Brown took a 52-44 victory.
Brown — who had 28 points, including seven 3s — opened the game with two unanswered treys but Gateway battled back, getting two field goals in the final minute of the quarter to tie it up at 13-all. The Warriors them used their big men — 6-foot-7 Johnny Brown and 6-6 Connor Olguin — to take a lead they’d hold into late in the third.
“They were well prepared against us,” said Institute coach James Kelt. “Their bigs are very good. They were running a play which they would go big to big, rim cuts. We didn’t always have the answer to that at the beginning.”
Worrall led Gateway with 18 points, and while Olguin only had seven, that combination in the second quarter led to the 29-21 edge.
“They made some adjustments,” Kelt said. “They boxed-and-one on Mac and we were still able to get some other guys involved. Our bigs finally started looking to score. A lot of times they have not been much of a factor offensively.”
Brown opened the second half with another set of back-to-back 3s, but it was a field goal from Carlos Xibille — who had twisted an ankle in the first quarter — with 2:50 left in the stanza that knotted the game at 31-all. After that, there were seven lead changes or ties before Timmy Schultz hit two with 18 seconds left to give GCS a 40-38 lead heading into the final stanza.
But then everything changed, as the Warriors couldn’t buy a bucket in the final stanza.
“We played well,” coach Worrall said. “We didn’t put the ball in the bucket in the fourth quarter, and that was kind of the difference in the game. They did a good job of coming back, and of course Mac Brown shot light’s out. I don’t think he missed a shot all night. He played very well.”
Brown opened the fourth with yet another 3, then Xibille hit a pair of field goals, and the defense pretty much did the rest. The only Warrior points in the stanza came from Worrall with 1:18 left, and with GCS forced t foul, the Institute went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final minute of the game.
“(Gateway) got a little frustrated and they missed some baskets, which made a difference,” Kelt said. “But I preach to them that defense usually wins games.”
Xibille added 14 points for the Colts, the only other player from either team in double figures.
“He played hard,” Kelt said. “He was a little gimpy, which was worrying me, but I think he was able to get some penetrations out there. That helped.”
Coach Worrall said the pair of twin towers is probably the most height the school has ever had, but it’s something they’re still working on.
“We’re still trying to bring that along, and balance that with some good outside shooting.”
Both teams are back in action Thursday. NMMI hosts Mescalero — weather permitting — while Gateway travel to Lake Arthur.
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It took a short road trip to the Redrock Center at Gateway Christian School Tuesday, but the Lady Colts (1-9) finally got their first victory of the season, topping the host Warriors 34-33 in a nailbiter..
“I am very happy and really happy for the girls that we won this game, because we’ve been having a hard time, especially after the (holiday) break,” said NMMI coach Marisha Olesinski. “But I always told them, I think they are much more capable than what they are showing, and I think they deserved this win today. It was a good game, on both sides.”
GCS (4-10) was playing without a full complement — they only had two players on the bench — but coach Holly Tipton said that wasn’t the only problem.
“If we’d hit a bunch of those shots, it would have been a totally different game. But those are going to fall, and good hustle on the girls’ part,” she said. “And to make it worse, our rebounding was not very good, either.”
Still, despite what Tipton charitably said was a “not very good” shooting percentage, both sides had their chances.
The Colts — as they did in their season opening loss to Gateway — went up early then the score went back and forth — with the Warriors holding a slim 12-11 edge after one. NMMi shut their opponents down completely in the second stanza, , but only made six points themselves to lead 17-12 heading into the locker room.
Gateway — which had been pressing most of the first half — pulled that press and concentrated on Sierra Walker, who had seven points in the first half. But Tuesday, the Colts got something they hadn’t seen much all season — well-rounded shooting, with five players scoring in the game. So despite GCS getting back on track offensively in the third quarter, they only matched the Colts, who led 29-24 heading into the final stanza.
That’s when the Warrior hustle showed, as Laramie Gill nailed a trey to open the quarter, and Jordan Menagh hit two from the charity stripe, tying the game with 6:52 left to play.
Gateway took the lead on a field goal from Menagh 40 seconds later, but aside from a final basket by Savannah Fox with 1:30 showing on the clock, nothing would go in. At one point, Gateway had six consecutive shots on one trip to the basket, and nothing fell.
The Warriors weren’t doing much better, but Walker put them back up with 5:47 left and got the game-winning bucket at 1:43. After Fox’s basket, the Warriors put the press back on, which kept NMMI from padding the lead, but they still couldn’t get anything in, giving the Lady Colts the edge at the buzzer.
“It was a good game, on both sides,” Olesinski said. “Gateway’s girls played good and we played good, with heart, the whole game. So I’m happy. It’s nice for the girls, but it was good competition.”
Only one player on either side scored in double figures. Samantha Rodriguez picked up 10 for NMMI while Warrior Gill matched that figure with a pair of 3s. Lady Colts Walker and Katie Flury and Warrior Menagh had nine each.
While NMMI only has four games left in the season — they don’t compete in district — Tipton sounds confident her squad will be ready when they head into District 4-2A play Feb. 2.
“My girls are going to get the clock running, and it’s going to be a good deal, but it’s going to take a little bit of adjustment,” she said.