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Broncos fall to Plainsmen

Kaleb Hicks with a basket inside the three point line to collect two of his 15 points on the night.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Broncos fell to conference foe Frank Phillips College 93-79 in Cahoon Armory Gym on Thursday.

After Frank Phillips started the scoring NMMI got two straight baskets to take a 4-2 lead. The Broncos would tie the game 7-7 then 9-9 before the Plainsmen went on an 11-3 run in the first half to make the score 22-13 before a

NMMI timeout. After the time out the Broncos would cut the Plainsmen lead to three (38-35) with a minute left in the first half, but the Plainsmen would end the half on an 8-0 run to go in to the locker room up 46-35 at the half.

The second half was a back and forth contest between both teams. The biggest run was by NMMI with a 7-0 streak to cut a 68-53 deficit to a 68-60 Plainsmen lead. The Plainsmen would go on to slowly widen the game and take the 93-79 victory.

Isaiah Francis led the way for NMMI with 27 points. Kaleb Hicks had 15 points and Jermane Carter had 11. Keith Deloatch led the Broncos in assists with eight and in steals with five. The rebound leader for NMMI was Zeontay Anthony with seven.

NMMI’s next home game will be at home against Howard College on Monday, January 21st at 6:30 PM.

Colt show little rust at home versus Loving

Daniel Xibille hits a buzzer beating three before the first quarter ended. Xibille had nine points on the night. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

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The NMMI Colt basketball team evened up their record (2-2) with a win at home on Tuesday taking down the Loving Falcons for the second time this season, this time at home, 53-37.

It was both teams’ first game after the holiday break, and for the Falcons it showed, especially in the turnover column, with Loving giving away the ball 27 times.

NMMI head coach Connor Williamson was very pleased by how his Colts looked, however.

“Even though we’ve been off for a month, I think our guys looked better than when we last played,” said Williamson. “We played hard and shared the ball really well – you can tell that by how spread out the scoring was. I’m just really pleased with how we played tonight, especially coming out after the break.”

NMMI trailed just once, very early in the first period, but quickly bounced back to take a seven-point lead at the middle mark. Inside shots, set up by solid ball movement, along with penetration by veteran senior guards Jesus Luy and Hector Reyna, helped NMMI take and extend their lead throughout the contest.

The Colts won the first quarter 18-11, took the second 16-8 for a 32-19 lead at halftime, then coasted through the second half with plenty of playing time for the players on the bench.

Reyna was the top scorer of the game with 11 points, seven of which came from the charity stripe. Soph forward Daniel Xibille had nine, including a buzzer-beating trey to end the first period. Luy and senior forward Charles Lewis both dropped in eight; soph guard Ricardo Mata and junior post Luis Silva each had six; junior guard Quan Nguyen had three; and senior forward Jalil Brown had the final two.

Xibille and Lewis were the Colts’ top rebounders with seven apiece.

Next up for NMMI will be a game on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Roswell High vs. the Coyotes’ JV team – game time is set for 11:30 AM.

Lady Colts start season 3-0

NMMI’s Chinami Davis with a jump shot from just beyond the free throw line. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

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The NMMI Lady Colt basketball team kept their unblemished record intact, moving to 3-0 on the season after taming the Lake Arthur Panthers at home on Tuesday, 53-11.

Every player on the Institute squad got playing time, with NMMI running out to an 18-0 after the initial period and a 32-2 margin by halftime.

Point-leader for the Lady Colts was senior forward Demitra Ulibarri with 16. Sophomore guard Rilan Maloney knocked down 11, including a 1-for-1 performance from behind the arc. Soph guard Tianna Tsosie had six. Three players posted four: junior guard Madison Sandoval, freshman forward Chinami Davis, and freshman forward Celeste Martin. Four Colts had two each: junior guard Miranda Garcia, junior forward Christen Ellenburg, freshman forward Kiara Knowles, and junior forward Jaylene Moore.

Top rebounding honors for NMMI ended up tied, with Ellenburg and Martin each pulling down seven.

The Lady Colts will take their perfect record on the road for a match in Loving against the Falcons on Thursday, Jan. 17, then return to play Goddard High’s C team at home on Monday, Jan. 21. Tip-off for both of those games is slated for 5:00 PM.

Broncos get first conference win of season behind 27 point effort from Francis

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The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team defeated Midland College 61-55 on Monday night in Midland, TX. This win is the first conference win for the Broncos on the season. 

NMMI shot 20-44 (45.5%) from the field and 6-13 (46.2%) from beyond the arc. The Broncos scored 19 points off of turnovers compared to Midlands 9 

Isiah Francis led the way scoring wise for the Broncos with 27 points. Three Broncos tied with nine points including Keith Deloatch, Kaleb Hicks, and Jordan-Reece George. Hicks led the Broncos in rebounds with seven and Deloatch led in steals with four. 

Head Bronco Basketball Coach Sean Schooley was ecstatic for the guys in the way they played tonight. 

Coach Schooley said, “Very proud of the effort tonight! Road wins are extremely difficult to come by in this conference. I hope the guys turned the corner and now know they can compete for 40 minutes instead of 20. 

The Broncos will be home for their next matchup against Frank Phillips College on Thursday (1/17) at 6:30 PM in Cahoon Armory Gym. 

Broncs scare No. 2 Texans with stellar first half

NMMI’s Isaiah Francis with a steal against the Texans. Photo courtesy Shutternut

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It was a classic ‘tale of two halves’ again for New Mexico Military Institute’s juco basketball team, as the Broncos fell to South Plains College, 84-61.

After leading by two at halftime Odessa College on Monday, NMMI dropped that road game, 71-58.

At home against the Texans, the Broncs went toe-to-toe with the NJCAA’s No. 2-ranked team, and held a six-point lead late in the first half.

NMMI overcame an initial 8-point surge by the South Plains to start the contest, battling back to an 18-18 tie at the 11:43 mark after a free throw by freshman forward Anthony Mensah.

Less than 30 seconds later, back-to-back buckets by freshman center Zeontay Anthony, both assisted by fellow frosh guard Keith Deloatch, gave NMMI a 22-18 lead.

That six-point NMMI lead, 28-22, came with 6:41 left on the clock, but the Broncos couldn’t hold it, trailing 38-35 at halftime.

NMMI freshman forward Cyriaque Foucart nailed a trey to start off the second half, tying things up, but the Texans countered with nine straight points.

The Broncos managed to close to within four, 49-45, after a three-pointer by freshman guard Jermane Carter, but continued hot shooting by SPC  – 65% from the field in the second half, compared to NMMI’s 28% – allowed the top-ranked Texans another conference win.

“We have improved so much since the beginning of the season,” said head Bronco coach Sean Schooley. “We just faced the two best teams in the league in back-to-back games, and in those two games, we’ve figured out how to play for the first 20 minutes. This shows that we can compete. Now we just have to show that we can compete with teams down the stretch.”

NMMI freshman point guard Isaiah Francis led all scorers in the game with 20 points.

“Isaiah’s a freshman point guard with tremendous energy,” said coach Schooley. “He came out rolling tonight after struggling at Odessa. He’s learning and getting better. We just need to continue to teach him how to be a complete point guard all the time.”

Teammate Carter posted 12 points and led the Broncos in with seven rebounds, and Foucart also put up double figures with 10 points.

With the loss, NMMI moves to 5-12 overall and 0-4 in conference. Their next game will at 6:00 PM CST on Monday, Jan. 14 at Midland College.