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NMMI Sports Press
It wasn’t easy and went down to the wire, but the Bronco basketball team picked up their second straight conference win 56-54 over visiting Frank Phillips College.
The Plainsmen walked into NMMI’s Cahoon Armory gym with an 11-11 record overall record and 0-8 in the conference.
One of those losses was on their home court to the Broncos, 91-64, in both team’s first conference game of the season back on Nov. 30.
So it was a bit of a surprise when the two teams played to a 24-24 tie at the end of the half.
“FPC came in hungry – they wanted their first win and we came out a little flat,” explained NMMI head coach Ralph Davis.
The first points of the game went to Frank Phillips on a three-pointer by Isaiah Palmer, who finished with 17 to lead all scorers.
The Plainsmen held that lead until the 12:32 mark when DeMarco Enoch put NMMI up for the first time, 13-12, hitting both the shot and the free throw to complete the and-one.
Another FPC three at 6:06 gave the Plainsmen a four-point lead, 22-18, but NMMI quickly tied things back up with an inside bucket by Lenny Kadisha, and two more shots from the charity stripe from Enoch.
At the start of the second the Broncos went on a 6-1 run to go up 34-29.
The Plainsmen caught up just as quickly with their own run and surged ahead again by four thanks to fouls, made free throws and six points by Palmer.
Back-to-back treys by Bronco guard Maurice Coleman put NMMI back on top 40-39, with just under 12 minutes left in regulation.
After that, FPC never lead again, although they did manage to tie the score four more times.
The game was back-and-forth after that until the final minute of play, with neither team able to hold more than a slim one-point margin.
NMMI tied their largest lead of the game – five points – with just 17 seconds left on the clock, after Will Sessoms got a long defensive rebound and was fouled trying to dribble up court on the fast break.
He drained both charity shots and it looked like the game was well in hand at 54-49.
But then the Broncos did the unthinkable – they fouled the FPC player going up for the shot. The two-pointer was good, as was the ensuing foul shot, making it 54-52 with 11 seconds left.
FPC was forced to foul and Coleman went to the line for the Broncos on the double bonus. He sunk both to put the game out of reach and get NMMI the win.
Two players had double figured in points for the Broncos, Enoch and Coleman with 12. Enoch also got the double-double with 10 rebounds.
Coach Davis was happy with the win and his team’s defensive play, but concerned about their scoring.
“For the time being, it feels good to get the win,” he said. “We’ve won three out of the last four conference games, which starts to put us in the thick of things. Defensively, we know as long as we compete we can stop teams from scoring, but we need to play better offensively. We’ve got some big games coming up – Odessa College at home – and 56 [points] won’t get it done. We’ve simply got to play better on offense.”
That home game vs. Odessa is set for Monday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 P.M. in the Cahoon Armory.
NMMI Sports Press
In a close and low-scoring contest at home, the New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team picked up their third WJCAC win of the season, downing Midland College, 53-49.
Shooting guards DeMarco Enoch and Davis Steelman were the offensive standouts, combining for 33 of the Institute’s points.
Enoch did most of his damage on the inside, darting to the hoop off the dribble-drive, while Steelman rained timely treys from the outside, several on assists by Enoch after his penetration attempt was stymied.
But it was the combined team defense that forced poor percentage shots for the Chaps, and the subsequent cleaning of the glass to prevent extra chances, that ultimately secured the NMMI victory.
“These guys fought and fought and fought and we got back to playing the defense we know we are capable of,” said head coach Ralph Davis.
That defense gave up just 18 Midland points in the entire second half, allowing the Broncos to overcome a four-point halftime deficit, 31-27, despite some relatively lackluster shooting themselves – just .370 from the field.
“We still need to score the ball a bit better, but we know that will come,” said Davis. “Our kids all played extremely hard tonight so they deserve this one.”
The win puts the Broncos tied with the Chaps for sixth place in the conference standings, with the second round of conference match-ups starting next Thursday in a 6:30 P.M. home game vs. Frank Phillips College.
“We’ve just got to keep working on defense and stick to what we know,” said Davis.
NMMI Sports Press
The Bronco basketball team went on a 30-3 run to start their game vs. Northern New Mexico College, and never looked back, downing the visiting Eagles in a non-conference contest, 132-71.
It was the second win in as many days for NMMI, and improved play on defense, and tonight finally on offense, paved the way for a team that head coach Ralph Davis hopes will be in contention for a playoff spot come March.
Shooting guard Davis Steelman started off the offensive onslaught with a trey assisted by point guard Maurice Coleman, and NMMI held the Eagles scoreless until the 17-minute mark.
By that time, the Institute had poured in 14 straight.
“We finally shot the ball well in our own house,” said Davis. “It was great to the see the ball go through the net and two out of our next three games are at home.”
Every player on the Broncos’ roster scored, six in double figures, led by freshman guard Jake Valero’s 26.
Valero put on a shooting show late in the second quarter hitting five treys in span of less than four minutes.
Logan Santiago picked up 10 assists to lead all passers, four of those to Valero during his hot-handed run.
Despite the scoring surge, coach Davis knows his team will have to continue to play great defense during the remainder of the conference season.
“This is the first time that someone’s hit 70 on us in a while,” explained Davis. “We’ll get back to the drawing board, make sure that we’re locked in next Thursday vs. Howard.”
With the ‘W’, the Broncs improve to 7-13 overall. They stand at 2-4 in the WJCAC with 10 games left, starting with that contest on the road vs. Howard on Jan. 26.
They’ll be back at home to take on Midland College on Jan. 30 – tip-off set for 7 P.M.
NMMI Sports Press
The Bronco basketball team snatched their second conference win of the season, downing Clarendon College at home, 75-64.
The eleven-point win was closer than it seemed, but an NMMI combination of rebounding, three-pointers and made free throws down the stretch, helped the Broncos pull away from the Bulldogs, after leading at by nine at the half, 37-28.
On the boards, the Institute bested the Bulldogs 38 to 18, with two Bronco players posteing double digits: Chukuka Emili with 10 and Will Sessoms with 12.
Behind the arc, Davis Steelman was 4-for-4 for 12 of his 14 points, and Marlon Laveau-Alcindor was 2-for-5, including a clutch trey with 46 seconds left in the game to put NMMI up by six, 70-64.
From the charity stripe, the Broncos went 5-for-6 during the last 30 seconds, keeping the game out of reach.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” said head coach Ralph Davis. “We had contributions from everyone, especially our guys on the glass, in a must-win game if we want to make the regional tournament. We’ve been in this situation before, a tightly contested ballgame that we let slip away. But tonight we did our job and found a way to get the victory.”
Top scorer for the night was Sessoms with 17, to get the double-double. Emili did as well with 15 points to go along with his rebounds.
With the win, the Broncos move to 6-13 overall and 2-4 in the WJCAC, while Clarendon falls to 11-9 and 2-4.
No rest for the Broncos, as they’ve got another game tomorrow night, a non-conference tilt vs. Northern New Mexico College at 6 P.M. on Jan. 20.
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.