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NMMI drops conference opener to Clarendon

NMMI point guard Rosel Hurley passes off to a teammate after penetrating into the paint off the dribble-drive.

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Soph gaurd Clark Cooper intent on playing solid ‘D’.

The NMMI Bronco basketball team opened up WJCAC play Wednesday evening in Roswell, but was not able to complete the second half comeback and fell to the Clarendon Bulldogs 83-80.

Despite having possession and being down by three with less than thirty seconds remaining in the game, the Broncos did not get a shot off thanks to a steal by Clarendon’s Ellis Jefferson.  Jefferson ended the game with nine points and two steals, one of which gave Clarendon the win. Head coach Ralph Davis said, “In every game we’ve lost, we’ve had a reasonable multiple-possession lead, which we’ve been able to maintain into the second half. That puts you in position to win, but we’ve got to find a way to get over the hump and close games out.”

 

Three-point shot by sophomore Davis Steelman.

NMMI had an eight-point lead halfway through the first half, but Clarendon slowly chipped away and tied the game for the fifth time with a little less than eight minutes remaining in the half. The score was knotted up four more times throughout the half and the Broncos took a slim 44-42 lead into halftime.

NMMI had an early edge against the Bulldogs to start the second half and added another eight-point lead, but a three-pointer by Reece Brooks gave Clarendon the momentum to tie the game up for the 10th time at 52-52 with 16:50 remaining in the second half.

From there the Bulldogs slowly build an eight-point lead of their own with 4:07 left in regulation. Atem Bior scored a very athletic layup to get the lead back to six and immediately after the layup, Trevelin Queen added a field goal to make the score 81-77. NMMI scored seven unanswered points to pull within one of Clarendon, but that was the closest NMMI would come.

Sophomore forward Atem Bior takes a quick breather during a Bulldog double-bonus free throw.

“We have to string together more stops early, instead of late out of desperation,” said Davis. “We have to play much smarter on offense and more efficiently. We also haven’t been hitting the shots we are capable of, even on our home court. That’s important, no matter who you play, because you’ve got win those home games.”

Offensively, NMMI had four players in double figures led by Trevelin Queen, who scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds. Rosel Hurley finished with 14 points and Cooper Clark 12 of his own.

“We played hard enough, we just didn’t play smart enough. There’s no question we’re talented enough to win, we just need to take that final step and learn to play with a lead”, said Davis.

With the loss, NMMI falls to 7-5 overall and 0-1 in WJCAC play. Next up for the Broncos will be road game in Hobbs, NM on Saturday, to take on the NMJC Thunderbirds (8-2). Tipoff is set for 2:30 PM MST.

Broncos lose a close one to Strength N Motion Prep

NMMI’s Davis Steelman with an over-the-shoulder pass to a teammate breaking for the basket.

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Clarke Cooper on defense for the Broncos.

The Bronco basketball team opened up the NMMI Classic with a loss versus Strength N Motion Prep International 97-95.

Rosel Hurley gets fouled taking the ball to the hoop off the dribble-drive.

Head coach Ralph Davis said, “Defensively we just weren’t there at all tonight and we could not get a stop.”

NMMI allowed Strength N Motion to grab 16 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds, which allowed them to put the game away late.

“We could not score that basketball. They played well and made the shots they were supposed to make,” said Davis.

NMMI had five players in double figures, led Rosel Hurley with 24. Hurley also had 12 rebounds to get the double-double. Teammate Davis Steelman was close behind with 22.

NMMI will take on Fort Bliss Army Base to conclude the NMMI Classic tomorrow at 12:00 PM at Cahoon Armory.

Atem Bior goes up for two inside the paint.

Queen signs to play for Western Kentucky

Surrounded by his NMMI coaches and teammates, sophomore transfer point guard Trevelin Queen gets ready to sign his letter of intent to play for Western Kentucky University next season


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Trevelin Queen dribbles in a game against Strength ‘N Motion Prep earlier in the season.

Trevelin Queen is a high-flying, big-scoring point guard for this season’s Bronco basketball team, but fans who want to check out his on-court heroics better do so quickly, because he’ll only be with NMMI this season.

Trevelin Queen takes one of his thee point shots against NMMC.

Wednesday, the sophomore transfer signed his letter of intent to play for Western Kentucky University, a DI school in Conference USA, and everyone seems happy with his choice.

“We’re very excited for his future, not just here at New Mexico Military but moving forward at Western Kentucky and hopefully beyond that,” said Bronco head coach Ralph Davis.

“I think Trevelin is a very special kid,” agreed assistant coach RIchard Grant. “He has a great opportunity to play at the next level and beyond. He’ll do well in the program he’s decided to sign with. It’s a good program. Storied coach. It will definitely be a good opportunity for him to showcase his abilities, not just as a scorer but as a playmaker and a player.”

“We think Trevelin is a young man that has a high ceiling and brings a lot of ability to score the basketball in multiple ways,” Hilltopper head coach Rick Stansbury said in a release. “We’re excited to have him join our family. He hasn’t had a lot of experience in his past, and that’s why his best days lie ahead of him.”

Queen — who played only a few games as a sophomore in high school — had his choice of a half dozen offers, including Wichita State, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, NMSU and Iona. But he liked what he saw at the Bowling Green school.

“It was a really good fit for me, and when I went to visit I just felt very comfortable with the staff and players and the environment,” the 6-6 Baltimore native said.

He also praised Stansbury, who, Queen said, didn’t make promises he couldn’t keep.

“He’s a great guy. He had a lot of energy and enthusiasm for me coming there. He just showed me everything he’s going to do for me,” the sophomore said. “He just told me how it was. He kept it real 100 percent.”

Queen came to NMMI from the College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif., where he averaged 21.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He shot 54.8 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from 3-point range.

Davis said he got a tip about a Maryland kid playing at a California junior college and watched some film.

“Kid looked pretty good,” Davis said. “I’d be lying if I said I knew he was this talented. I knew he could play, but from Day 1 (here) it was pretty evident he was a special talent.”

Queen has been shooting lights out in his first five games, scoring 156 combined points. He admits shooting is his strong point, but both he and the Bronco coaching staff expect him to also shine on defense.

“He’s expected to be one of our best rebounders, if not our best rebounder,” Davis said. “We expect a lot from him defensively. He’s a complete basketball player. His playmaking abilities and his skills are something that we’re excited about. It’s still a long process. We know he’s going to continue to get better and he’s going to continue to round out his game at a high level. That’s what we’re looking forward to.”

Queen said he’s happy to be at NMMI, with a full scholarship and a routine he can follow.

“There was more freedom (at Marin), but me being here is what I needed. Less freedom so I could focus on what I need to get accomplished,” he said. “Plus here I have a great sports staff that cares about me on and off the court.”

Besides playing basketball at WKU, Queen will study kinesiology, with an eye on staying in sports even after his playing career wraps up.

Fans who get used to seeing him score in the Cahoon Armory this season won’t have to travel too far next year to see him play at the Division I level. Conference USA includes both UTEP — just down the road in El Paso — and North Texas University in Denton, Texas.

“Obviously, we’re excited to watch him at the next level,” Davis said. “We’re glad to have him this year, but with WKU in Conference USA, there’s an opportunity to watch him locally as well.”

“We’re really excited for him to be with us and to further his opportunity and career to play at the next level,” Grant agreed.

Broncos win big against Strength ‘N Motion Prep

NMMI’s Rosel Hurley goes up for an easy lay-in after an inlet pass from teammate Trevelin Queen. Photo by Maggie Loudermilk

 

Shot in the paint – good – by Bronco forward Atem Bior. Photo by Maggie Loudermilk

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After a 0-3 record last weekend at the Thunderbird Classic, the NMMI Bronco Basketball team bounced back with a 126-83 win against Strength ‘N Motion Prep.

Although the Broncos were up big, Coach Ralph Davis was not pleased with the intensity of his players.

“We got up early 30-10 and then we kind of took the gas off,” said Davis “but we ended up winning by a large margin.”

Davis mentioned that before each game, the team sets goals and one of those goals was to shoot better from the charity stripe.

Drive in the paint by soph guard Matt Brown. Brown had 11 points in the game and led NMMI in assists with seven. 

“I am most proud of the way we shot free throws. We went 20-23 tonight and the previous three games we shot below 60 percent,” said Davis.

Those missed foul shots hurt the Broncos in last Saturday’s double-overtime loss to New Mexico Junior College.

Davis said, “I am excited that we got back to knocking some shots down from the free throw line and hopefully we can get on a streak here.”

Frosh center Omar Parchman at the free throw line. Photo by Maggie Loudermilk

If the Broncos continue to reach their game goals, that will be a major key to having a successful season.

Sophomore Trevelin Queen led all scorers with 26 points and Australia native Atem Bior finished with 22.

“Bior really stepped up for us tonight and Queen as well. It is good to get momentum in these non-conference games and having our kids feel good heading into conference play,” said Davis.

NMMI will be on the road Thursday as they take on Wayland Baptist JV in Plainview, TX at 6:00 PM CST.

Davis Steelman connects from the outside for one of his four 3-pointers in the game. Photo by Maggie Loudermilk

Bronco basketball sends two to play for NM 4-year schools

 

Surrounded by their coaches and teammates, Maurice Coleman (seated left) and Logan Santiago (seated right) get ready to sign their letters of intent to play at the next level.

Surrounded by their coaches and teammates, Maurice Coleman (seated left) and Logan Santiago (seated right) get ready to sign their letters of intent to play at the next level.

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Eastern_New_Mexico_Greyhounds_logo.svgUntitled-1A pair of Bronco basketball players have signed with four year colleges, and neither will be going very far from NMMI.

Maurice Coleman, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Richmond, Va., is headed just 90 miles up US 70 to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, while the Bronco’s other sophomore point guard, Logan Santiago, will play for New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.

NMMI coach Ralph Davis was very happy to see his players advance to the next rung.

“At this level, you’ve got to have talented guards, and both of them are definitely talented,” he said. “More than anything, they bought into the style of play we wanted to showcase. They’re going to be very successful at the next level and I’m very blessed that I had the ability to coach them.”

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Sophomore point guard Maurice Coleman

Coleman will play point for the NCAA DII Greyhounds and sounded excited about continuing his career.

“It’s truly a blessing,” he said. “I just want to thank all my coaches and my parents for supporting me and getting me to this point here.”

“They love him. He loves them,” Davis said. “What more can I say besides that? Mo was the absolute epitome of a floor general. He was our MVP this year. It’s an immense job of setting the table, as far as how you want to play defense throughout the whole season. They’re getting a special player who’s going to help them do great things up there.”

And, according to an ENMU press release, that exactly how they feel.

Baseline move by Maurice Coleman during the Broncos' home game vs. Howard College on Feb. 27, 2017.

Baseline move by Maurice Coleman during the Broncos’ home game vs. Howard College on Feb. 27, 2017.

“We’ve been recruiting Maurice all season and one of the blessings of him and who he is, is he’s right here in our backyard,” ENMU head coach Tres Segler said. “New Mexico Military Institute is one of the toughest Division I JUCO programs in the country. What makes them special is what makes Mo special. He brings so many intangibles to the table. We got the best of both worlds in the truest sense. I have a ton of respect for NMMI’s coaching staff and what they’ve done. I think what drew us to Mo is our bloodlines line up. We want to be known as one of the toughest teams in the country and he’s a ‘plug-and-play’ type player. He’s a guy that will come in and make an impact right away.”

At NMMI, Coleman averaged nearly 10 points/game while shooting 41 percent from the court and 35 percent from beyond the arc. He dished out five assists/game and had at least five dimes in 15 games last year, including a season-best of 10 on the road at Frank Phillips.

ENMU went 13-11 7-11 last season, with Segler amassing the most Lone Star Conference wins as a first-year head coach as well as the third-most wins under a first-year head coach.

Coleman, who’ll study sports medicine, wants to help his team succeed.

“I want to make the team better and do what I can when I’m there to further my education,” he said.

As far as what he learned at the Institute, “My time here at NMMI was great from Day 1,” Coleman said. “It was different. I had to adjust and fight through adversity. I’d just wake up every morning knowing I was going to be at a better place. It helped me discipline myself and think about what was ahead, in the future.”

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Sophomore point guard Logan Santiago

Santiago will also play for a DII school. The Cowboys compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and went 10-17 and 8-14 under coaches Craig Snow and Sean Pryor during the previous two seasons.

“It makes me feel very blessed,” Santiago said of the signing. “I just want to thank all my coaches and my teammates for helping me get where I am now.”

“He’s a speedy guard who has a great ability to score,” Davis said. “He did a great job this year buying in and becoming a two-way player. It took him some time to get it but I think he progressed the way we wanted to see. He should have a very strong career over there at Highlands. They play a very up and down style so he should be able to go up there and score the basketball. So very excited for him. I think it’s a great vehicle for him and coach Pryor did a great job recruiting him.”

Santiago played in all but three of NMMI’s 2016-17 games, scoring almost seven points/game. He shot 41 percent from close in, 35 percent from the outside and was a solid 72 percent from the line.

Snow was happy to sign Santiago.

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Logan Santiago looks to penetrate from the wing during a game vs. Northern New Mexico College on Jan. 20, 2017.

“We are very excited to welcome Logan Santiago to the Cowboy basketball family,” he was quoted in a release. “Logan is a dynamic perimeter player who can play either guard position.  He is a high-level shot maker both off the dribble and off the catch and was an all-region player as a freshman at Raritan Valley. Logan is also a tough-minded defensive player and will be a major part of our plans moving forward.”

Santiago is still deciding between sports management and communications as his major at Highlands, but knows whatever he does, NMMI gave him a foot up on the competition.

“It helped me learn how to work hard every day. Just pushing through day by day. Getting a good life experience,” he said.