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NMMI Sports Press
The Broncos may not have beaten No.1 ranked South Plains at home Monday, falling to the Texans 67-48, but they totally frustrated the normally high scoring team with a tenacious defense.
“We knew we could play defense on them,” said NMMI coach Ralph Davis. “We held them under 70. I think they average 100 (points) a game, and we knew we could do that. I’m proud of the way the guys fought.”
Besides holding SPC to a mere — for them — 67 points (their lowest point total all year), the Broncos held the Texans to a .397 field goal percentage (as opposed to .526); .227 3-point percentage (.407); and .444 from the line (.650.)
They almost matched SPC on boards, 41 to 39, and out-blocked the Texans 8-2.
From the start, it was clear it was going to be a different sort of game. SPC put the first points on the board at 19:13 after a steal, then it took almost two minutes more for NMMI to tie it on a shot by Lenny Kadisha.
The Broncos didn’t get their next points until 11:26 when Davis Steelman hit a trey to make it 16-5, but after South Plains stretched the lead to 23-5 the NMMI defense held the visitors scoreless for almost seven minutes — closing the gap to five — before trailing 28-20 at the half.
And heading into the locker room, the Texans showed they were not happy with their situation — did SPC’s Jordan Branger 3-1/2 minutes into the second half when he drew a technical — but any fireworks between the teams were averted.
And while the visitors did slowly stretch their lead to 19 points — the fourth lowest win margin of the season for SPC — the Broncos never stopped playing defense to the cheers of the small but raucous crowd.
“We wanted to defend and stop them and do the best we possibly could,” David said. “They got loose on a few things. They’re just a very talented team for a reason. We’ve got to do a little better job at scoring in our own house and we’ll be fine.”
The Broncos did only shoot .324 themselves from the field — and .222 from the 3-point line — but improved at the charity stripe going .471 from the line.
NMMI drew double points from Kadisha, who tallied 13, and Steelman, who had 12. Texan Jahlil Tripp was the game’s high scorer with 17, while Jordan Brangers had 14 and Josh Webster 11.
The 5-13, 1-4 Broncos host the 2-3 Clarendon Bulldogs Thursday beginning at 6 p.m.
NMMI Sports Press
Will Sessoms put in the first two points of the game on a tip in, then made it a 3 the old-fashioned way when he got fouled. The Broncos led by seven, 10-3, with 16:44 on the clock, but the Westerners took a lead at 13:11 on a 3-pointer.
NMMI immediately went back on top on two by Chukuka Emili and led until 6:12, when West Texas tied it at 19-19 on a pair of free throws, then went up with 2:28 remaining in the half and stretched it to 26-22 at the half.
The Broncos had a slow start in the second, not scoring their first points until 3:20 in the half on a Maurice Coleman jump shot. The Westerners went up by as much as 16 with 12:12 left in the game, then the Broncos began a comeback that just fell short.
They held West Texas scoreless for almost six minutes while closing the gap to 53-47, then closed to within three, 53-50 before they were forced to foul, and the Westerners went 4-for-4 to wrap up the game.
DeMarco Enoch led the Bronco scoring with 13 points, while Coleman tallied 12. Westerner DaQuan Jeffries led all scorers with 22.
NMMI will try to get their second WJCAC victory Monday when they come home to face South Plains in a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.
NMMI Sports Press
Despite leading for most of the way, the Broncos fell to WJCAC rival New Mexico Junior College 66-60 in the first game of 2017.
It was a low-scoring, sloppy game in Cahoon Armory Monday, and while missed free-throws were the biggest factor in the NMMI loss, other things played a part.
“There were other plays throughout the game in the first half that came back to bite us,” said Bronco coach Ralph Davis. “Like the first play of the game was a turnover. All those small things hurt. Late in the game, we were up by seven with 4:30 left, you take care of business and free throw it and there you go. There’s the game right there.”
Neither team looked like they were quite ready to play early, with turnovers on both sides. Bronco DeMarco Enoch didn’t put the first points on the board until 1:30 into the game on a free throw. The two teams then traded the lead until 16:08, when the Thunderbirds tied it at 5-5 and continued with a six-point run.
But NMMI battled back, going up 16-15 on free throws by Maurice Coleman, then stretched the lead to 22-15 on a crowd-pleasing dunk by Chukuka Emili. The Broncos stretched their lead to 11 on another two by Emili, and despite a T-Bird comeback, led 34-27 at the half.
The second half started out back and forth, with NMJC picking up an extra point here and there on three treys. With 8:26 left in the game, Thunderbird Shawn Olden tied the game at 44-all.
The Broncos came back with Davis Steelman’s fifth 3-pointer of the game to go up 47-44, and then once again made it a seven point margin, 54-47, with 4:43 remaining.
But NMJC began hitting from the charity stripe — they were 18-for-21 in the second half and .697 overall — and while they were scoring from the line, the Broncos only managed six points in the last 4:30.
Two points with 1:06 left in the game by T-Bird Roosevelt Smart was pretty much the nail in the coffin, as they stretched the lead to 61-56.
“They did a tremendous job down the stretch of hitting free throws,” Davis said. “So hat’s off to them. They needed this win desperately. They were 0-2, we were 1-1 and they did a great job of fighting back.”
Olden led the scoring with 22 points and Smart had 21. Steelman led the Broncos with 17 points while Coleman picked up 13.
NMMI played a box-and-one defense and slowed the game down, with Emili picking up 13 rebounds. But it was the offense that was lacking.
“We’ve always played pretty good defense,” Davis said. “It’s always been our ability to score. That’s the thing we’re kind of lacking right now. Defensively, we’ve been fine since Day 1, but we just have to be able to capitalize on those stops and things like that. That’s what it comes down to.”
Davis was proud his team played NMJC so close and hard, and knows his team is better than their 5-11, 1-2 record.
“You look at our record and see 5-11, but anybody who knows us knows we’re better than that,” he said. “I’m glad they were able to see that. You can get blinded by things like that. These guys can play and we have a good group of kids and we still feel very confident with what we can do.”
NMMI next heads to Western Texas College to face the 9-6, 1-1 Westerners Thursday and all it will take to win, Davis said, is hitting the basket.
“We shot 35 percent in our own gym and 55 percent from the free-throw line in our own gym,” he said. “We shot a ton of free throws over the course of this week. We just got to do a better job.”
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The Broncos put forth more than enough effort to win their final game of 2016 Thursday, but a few too many missed shots gave Ranger College the 71-65 victory.
“Obviously, that’s two straight games we didn’t really shoot the ball too well in our home gym, so that’s a little disappointing,” said NMMI coach Ralph Davis. “I thought we played, at times, hard enough to win the game, but just simple mistakes; simple missed shots came back to bite us.”
NMMI’s only lead was early, when they went up 4-0 on back-to-back baskets by Marlon Alcindor. Ranger then battled back, taking a lead they never gave up. But per Davis’ prediction of a “brutal, defensive” game, the early score looked more like a high school girl’s game, with the Rangers holding a mere 15-12 edge more than 10 minutes into the first half.
The scoring improved as the half went on, with Ranger going up by as much as 14 with less than seven minutes remaining in the first half. The Broncos cut that to five, and only trailed 39-32 heading into the locker room.
And the second half was more of the same.
Although NMMI cut the lead to two late, Ranger had several 10 point leads that the Broncos had to battle back from. The Broncos trailed by four twice with less than a minute left, but just couldn’t close the gap.
“Even down the stretch here, we had an opportunity,” Davis said. “We got to the rim. We got to where we wanted to. We’ve just got to convert.”
And those battle-to-the-end but just miss has been NMMI’s modus operandi so far this season.
“This has kind of been the story of the first part of the year when you look at all the scores, that’s how it looked,” Davis said. “We’re right here, and one play here, one play there, that makes a difference. So you guys got a taste of our non-conference by watching this game. That’s exactly what it’s been so far.”
The Broncos did have one bright spot, shooting .703 from the line, but even there Davis saw room for improvement.
“We shot pretty well,” he said. “We still left a few on the floor we thought we could have used, but it was an improvement. As long as we keep on improving, then come January 9th, we’re ready to go.”
DeMarco Enoch led the way at the line and in overall scoring, tallying 20 points including a 10-for-13 effort from the charity stripe. He was the only Bronco in double figures, while Ranger had three.
“Enoch showed some good energy, playing close to what we think he’s capable of,” Davis said. “But we just need a more consistent effort from everybody, every time. That’s all we need to move forward. We’re glad to be 1-1 (in conference, 5-10 overall) going into the break. Now we know we’ve got to go out and get some more games.”
It’s a month-long break for the Broncos before they play again, Jan. 9 vs. New Mexico Junior College, but Davis is looking forward to that home matchup.
“That’s a long layoff, but we’re excited to be back home,” he said. “I think it’s a mandatory game, so we’ll have the Corps behind us and we’re excited to go.”
NMMI Sports Press
The Broncos made it three in a row at home and two in a row over the Northern New Mexico College JV with a 93-64 victory over the Eagles Thursday.
“We got another win,” said coach Ralph Davis. “We think it’s important to protect our home court, of course. We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we would have liked to. I think we shot 4-for-23 from behind the arc in our gym. So we’ve got to get that better for our next few home games, starting on Thursday and then when we come back from the break against New Mexico Junior College. But we had some strong showings from guys who haven’t been playing as well as they could have, so we’re excited about that.”
The Broncos never trailed in the game, going up by as much as 16 points in the first half. But NNMC rallied behind the outside shooting of Austin Darnell, who tallied all of his 18 points on treys in the first half, cutting the lead to 45-36 heading into the locker room. Early in the second, that edge slipped to 45-41 on a trey by Larry Morina III.
But that was as close as the Eagles would get, as NMMI slowly pulled father ahead, stretching the lead to 31 points before NNMC added a few points from the line as the clock ran down.
The players Davis was pleased with were Chukuku Emili and Jake Valero, both who had “a nice night. So those are two guys who need to continue to play better if we’re going to have a successful season this year. But obviously we’re happy to have the W more than anything. We’ve played our share of difficult opponents on the road, so it’s nice to have a home game and take care of business with a little bit of ease, if you will.”
Emili led the NMMI scoring with 17 points and picked up 10 rebounds for a double double. Lenny Kadisha had 14 points and Marlon Alcindor 10. Valero only notched eight points, but led the Broncos in steals (3) and assists (6.)
The Institute closes out the 2016 season at home Thursday vs. Ranger College, a team that topped the Broncos at their place earlier in the season. Davis knows it’s going to be a bigger challenge.
“We’re going to have to come out and play hard,” he said. “It’s going to be a grueling battle. Both teams are defensive minded. So we’re just happy to be at home playing this game and hopefully get another W. That’s the goal.”