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There weren’t a whole lot of points on the board during the Bronco’s WJCAC game vs. Western Texas College at Cahoon Armory Thursday, but both teams made up for the lack of scoring with a nail-biting, back-and-forth battle that NMMI pulled out in the final seconds, winning 70-67.
NMMI coach Sean Schooley had high praise for the Westerners, who never seemed to quit.
“They out hustled us tonight,” he said. “I thought they did a great job, and we just had a little more in the tank and a few more people — we were a little deeper — and we made plays at the end when we had to, and that’s the sign of a good team. Coach (Larren) Silver, his kids play hard and they keep coming at you. We had out chances to fold and we had our chances to put it away and there at the end, we made some great plays.”
WTC led through the first 6-1/2 minutes, but Dane Williams cut it close with back-to-back field goals and a trey, and Marquis Godfrey gave the Institute its first lead with a pair of free throws at 13:27. The teams traded baskets and the Broncos then held a slim lead all the way until the final seconds of the half, when Westerner Jason Nunez nailed a trey to cut the NMMI lead to one, and Maurice Taylor hit a field goal with one second remaining to go up 38-37 heading into the locker room.
NMMI retook the lead 22 seconds into the second half on a shot by Marc Seylan, and after that the score went back and forth then WTC began stretching its lead, going up by as much as eight points before the home team began battling back.with 9:16 left in the game, Shaquan Rhodes hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 54-all. After that, there were four more ties before Aaron Bodie hit a field goal that gave the Broncos a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Still, the game went down to the wire, with the Westerners closing to within one with 28 seconds left in the game, then fouling Haudrick Hilaire, who went 1-for-1 from the line. West Texas brought the ball down and with two seconds remaining, Xavier Ledet tried for a 3 that bounced off the rim and sealed the NMMI victory.
“Shaquan Rhoades came up as a sophomore, played well,” Schooley said. “Hillaire and Will (Joyce) and Bodie I thought really stepped it up tonight and there at the end, they all made great plays.”
Every single Bronco who played put at least two points on the board. Rhodes led with 16 and Bodie and Joyce had 11 each. Joyce just missed a double double with nine rebounds. Ledet was the game’s big scorer, picking up 28 points. Taylor had 11.
One thing that may have made the game a bit closer than it should have been was a lack of the strong defense the Broncos usually put forth.
“Not until the last seven minutes of the second half, and I thought they beared down and that’s what’s going to win us games; it’s sure wasn’t going to be our offense,” Schooley said. “We were a little stagnant. The way we make great offense is our defense, we get stops; we rebound; we run. And I don’t think we did as good a job but hey! It’s three in a row and still puts us in a great spot in the playoff hunt and that’s what these guys figured out. They played well.”
NMMI will have a tough time trying t make it four in a row as they head to New Mexico Junior College Monday. The Broncos upset the Thunderbirds at NMMI early in the conference season and NMJC will be looking to return the favor.
“They’re going to be waiting for us,” Schooley said. “But it’s a road game. We’ll play well and hard and whatever happens, happens.”
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The very young Lady Colt basketball team (1-11) ended their home season the way the started it: with a loss. But despite falling 55-28 to Loving (12-2) Thursday, coach Marisha Olesinski like most of what she saw.
“I think we played good,” she said. “Maybe because it was the last game and they really wanted to step up and play. And you know, we are really inconsistent. Maybe that’s because we are a really young team, or, I don’t know, we just have this momentum and then the down. Ups and downs. I think we played really good the third quarter. And we played the end of the second quarter very good.”
Those ups and downs were exceedingly evident Thursday. Both teams took numerous shots early but both also made numerous turnovers, and it wasn’t until almost three minutes into the game that anyone scored, when Falcon Jacqueline Pierce finally put one in. After that, the Falcons only managed about one basket each remaining minute, but the Institute could get anything to drop, trailing 12-0 after one quarter,.
It was 2-1/2 minutes into the second quarter before Loving made it 14-0, but after missing two chances from the charity stripe, NMMI finally put numbers on the board when Sierra Walker nailed a trey at 3:01. And although the Falcons added more points themselves, Walker added another five to make it 22-8 at the half.
The third quarter was almost all Colts, as Katie Flury opened the stanza with a field goal; Abagail Valadez added another two then Walker added 12 to cut the Loving lead to 31-26. But the Falcons came out hot in the fourth offensively, and defensively they began double-teaming Walker, which made all the difference.
“Fourth quarter, they got a little bit on us,” Olesinski said. “They started double-teaming Sierra. Limited her options and movements but really, I think we played good. We played good and they always go out there and fight and play hard and you know? Loving is a very good team, so I think that was a good game for my girls. I’m very proud of them. Good kids. Good kids. It’s just we have to be more consistent and we have to just take care of the ball better.”
Walker got 21 of the Colts 28 points, while seven Falcons contributed to the total, led by sophomore Cassandra Calderon and Liana Rodriguez with 10 each.
NMMI will close out its abbreviated season Monday at Lake Arthur, with OLesinski hope to add one more check to the win column.
“I hope so. I hope so. I hope so,” she said. “It was a tough season, but every game we were learning and that’s all we can do.”
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Up to the final buzzer, NMMI (6-10) and Hagerman (10-8) went tooth and nail on the basketball court Tuesday, with ties after two quarters and a one-point edge after another. But a letdown at the end by the Colts gave the no-longer-district-foes Bobcats a 56-52 victory, splitting the season games.
Both teams had long run strings that put one side up and the other down.The ’Cats jumped out to a 6-0 lead to open the match, with the first Institute points not coming until 3-1/2 minutes into the game. But after Hagerman stretched the early lead to 9-2, NMMI closed out the first with a 7-point unanswered string, tying it at 9-9.
The Colts took the lead on a trey by Mac Brown — no surprise there, he again led all scorers with 22 points — but a 10-point run by Hagerman put them back on top before field goals by Carlos Xibille and Trent Foster knotted it at 21-all heading into the locker room.
The third quarter started out more back-and-forth, but four treys by Brown helped them stretch the lead to eight before ’Cat Alejandro Ramos began hitting his stride from the outside.
Leading 37-29 with 3-1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Colts only managed four points in that span, while Hagerman picked up 11, making the third quarter NMMI lead 41-40.
Ramos put the Bobcats back on top to open the fourth but the Institute came back to hold a slim edge until Colts fouls put Hagerman on the line, and they began hitting their shots. NMMI’s final field goal came with 4:38 remaining in the game; after that, one free throw was all they could manage. In that time, the ’Cats hit three field goals and were 6-for-10 from the line, giving them the victory.
What made the difference? “Effort. Effort, effort,” said Bobcat coach Andrew Rodriguez. “We finally got a game where we put four quarters of effort together. It’s nice to see.”
Hagerman has had a season filled with what Rodriguez called “adversity,” and sounds happy his team is getting over that.
“We took that step last week, and we started to put it together today, so that was nice to see,” he said.
NMMI coach James Kelt sounded more than frustrated with the loss.
“We made some bad decisions and missed some shots. We don’t rebound, then we foul,” he said of late in the game. “It was like, a constant bad to worse, you know what I’m saying? And No. 3 (Ramos) stepped up for them, hit some big shots, and we just didn’t have the answers. When it got in the tightness of the game, we didn’t execute.”
Ramos led the Bobcats with 19 points, all but five in the second half, and big Gavin Quiroz added 12. Rodriguez credited Ramos with leading his team to the victory.
“He did. Leadership wise and led his team. Refuse to lose and all the cliches you can think of.”
Trent Foster put in 10 points for NMMI, and both Carlos Xibille and Dennis Todd had eight each.
While Hagerman has a pair of non-district matches before getting into the meat of the season — a makeup game vs. Capitan Thursday and Loving Saturday, the Colts open district play at home Saturday vs. East Mountain, a game that NMMI should be able to win.
“Which we can do, but I don’t know the mindset,” Kelt said. “I don’t know why we weren’t ready and doing things in this game. That’s what frustrates me.”
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The very young Hagerman girls basketball team only has five victories this year, and three of those are over NMMI.
After a close victory the first time against the Lady Colts and a mid-range win in the second, the Bobcats used an impressive second half to crush the Institute at Godfrey Gym Tuesday, winning 60-24.
“We started playing the game that we know how to play,” said HHS coach Chris Foust. “We started dictating what we wanted to do instead of letting them.”
Colt Samantha Rodriguez opened the scoring with a 3-pointer one minute into the game, then Sierra Walker nailed a second with 2:04 remaining in the first half. But the ’Cats went on an 8-0 run in between those two long balls, and after Hagerman’s Stephany Razo hit a trey of her own, the visitors were back up 11-6.
A second 3 by Walker made it 11-9 after one quarter, and the second quarter was equally close. Paige Hoppes made it a four-point game 30 seconds into the quarter, then NMMI went 0-4 from the charity stripe — missing two chances at one-and-ones. Walker gave the home team its first pair of field goals, tying the game at 13-13 on a ball that rolled around and around and around the rim before finally going in, but a trey by Hannah Hamill gave the Bobcats a lead they would never relinquish.
Still, two Walker free throws with :37 remaining in the half made it only 18-15 ’Cats, and the teams went into the locker room with the outcome certainly in doubt.
“We were letting them push us into stuff we didn’t want to do,” Foust said. “We weren’t controlling the ball and foul trouble in the first half hurt us a lot, too.”
But that all changed in the second half, as Hamill scored 19 points on her own in the third and the remaining Bobcats put in 13, all the while holding NMMI to five. With Foust making 5-on-5 line changes in the fourth, the margin wasn’t as wide, but Hagerman still won the quarter 12-4, with the only Colt points coming on a field goal and two free throws by Walker.
Hamill ran away with the scoring, putting in 26 points. Razo had 14 for Hagerman, and Walker had all but six of the Colt points, tallying 18.
With six freshmen, three eighth graders and only two seniors on the floor, the Bobcats are using the season as a rebuilding year, without counting out the upcoming district season. And with family names that are familiar to fans from years past, Foust is hoping the team’s 5-12 record will get better before the season ends.
“Hannah Hamill, we’re expecting a lot from her,” the coach said. “Jamie Warf, Stephanie Razo. We’re expecting a lot from these young girls.”
NMMI coach Marisha Olesinski had no comment after the game, other than acknowledging the good first half, while noting it takes two halves to win.
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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.