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Broncos down Westerners in last game at the ‘old’ armory gym

Bronco forward Muritala Mustapha with the put-back attempt after an offensive rebound in the first half of play against Western Texas College. Photo courtesy of Laura Brown.

NMMI Sports Press

It was the last game of the season for the NMMI Bronco basketball team, and also likely the last official game in the Cahoon Armory gym before the entire building undergoes a complete renovation – with both of those as motivating factors, NMMI downed conference foe Western Texas College, 69-58.

“They played hard and played great defense tonight,” said head Bronco coach Sean Schooley. “It was good for these guys to get a win at home. They’ve got smiles on their faces and ended on a good note.”

After an initial bucket by the Westerners, NMMI retook the lead on a three-pointer by Jeremy Parsley, one of the only two sophomores on the Bronco squad.

The Institute would trail only twice more in the game, all in the first 3 minutes, before building a 13-point lead with 7:07 left, after a pair of free throws by freshman point guard Isaiah Francis.

WTC managed to cut that lead to eight before halftime, 39-31, then down to two, after a six-point run to start the second.

Shooting woes plagued the Institute squad during that second half start, with NMMI hitting just one shot out of their first 12 from the field.

But solid defense by the Broncos kept the Westerners at bay, and by the 13:05 mark, NMMI had rebuilt a double-digit lead, 49-39, with freshman forward Anthony Mensah pulling down an offensive rebound, then making good on the put-back.

The Westerners thrice managed to make it a four-point game, but every missed shot seemed to fall into Broncos hands, with NMMI winning the ‘game of boards’ 52 to 42.

Coach Schooley was extremely proud of how his team finished out a tough and tumultuous year, including several coaching changes and 11 games on the road to start the season, along with high praise for several individual efforts on the night.

“You can’t say enough about that kid,” said Schooley about freshman guard Jermane Carter. “He’s a good student, a hard worker, explosive on offense, and he’s probably the best defender I’ve ever had. If he works on a few things in the off-season, he’ll have a tremendously bright future ahead of him.”

Carter finished as the top scorer for the Broncos with 18 points, and also ripped down 15 rebounds for the double-double.

Muritala Mustapha, the other soph on the squad, also came close to twofold twin-digits, finishing with seven points and nine rebounds, for his season-best performance.

“He hadn’t got to play a lot all year. He came out late,” said the coach of his big 6’6, 250 pound forward. “If we’d had had him for a couple of seasons, he’d be getting some looks to play at the next level, because he’s so big and strong. So it was good for him to get out and play some more.”

Francis also had another solid game for NMMI, dropping in 16 points and only committing a single turnover.

“Isaiah is one heck of a competitor,” said Schooley. “I think he’s tied for first or leading the conference in scoring. He’s got some looks to go to the next level. If it’s the right fit, we’re going to wish him well, if not, he’s got a place back in our lineup.”

With the win the Broncos end their season with a 9-20 overall record and 4-12 mark in the always-tough Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

Renovation efforts to the Cahoon Armory Building, which was originally constructed in 1927-28, have already begun, but will move along at a much more rapid pace now that basketball season has ended.

Broncos win on road vs. Plainsmen

Isaiah Francis led the Bronco victory with 41 points against Frank Phillips on Monday night in Borger, TX. Photo taken on Jan. 17 in Cahoon Armory Gym against the Plainsmen.

NMMI Sports Press

Borger, Texas – The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team came back to win their third conference game of the season, downing Frank Phillips College last Monday, 96-89.

NMMI trailed by nine at the half, 44-35, but the offense caught fire in the second, shooting almost 65% from the field (22-for-34) and over 73% from the free throw line (11-for-15), en route to a 61-point period.

“I’m not sure these kids really know where they’re playing,” laughed head Bronco basketball coach Sean Schooley about his team’s third WJCAC win of the season, all of which have been as the visiting team. “Maybe it’s because we played fourteen away games to start the season – I don’t know – but nothing seems to bother them on the road.”

Point guard Isaiah Francis led the Broncos with a ‘quiet’ 41 points, according to coach Schooley.

“Francis was really efficient last night,” explained the coach. “He stayed within the framework of what we’re trying to do and played under control. He had 41 points, five assists, just one turnover, and played good defense – he just methodically got it done. It really was his best game of the season, not because of the points, but because of his overall performance.”

“He did well, but so did everyone else,” continued Schooley. “We shot 58% from the field and moved the ball extremely well.”

Guards Jermane Carter and Keith Deloatch both had double figures in points, with Carter making 5-of-7 two-point shots as part of his tally of 12, and Deloatch putting up 10, including a pair of three-pointers.

The lone sophomore on the squad, Jeremy Parsley, had six rebounds and eight points.

“Parsley played a really good game last night,” added the coach.” “He came off the bench and got us some offensive rebounds and some points off the put-backs.”

With the win, NMMI’s extremely young team – again, with only one sophomore – moves to 8-19 overall and 3-11 in the WJCAC, with just two games left in the regular season.

“Both of our remaining games are going to be extremely tough,” said Schooley. “Howard is in the playoff hunt. They’re a strong, physical team with veteran players and they’re not going to take their foot off the gas.”

After the trip on Thursday, Feb. 21 to Big Spring, TX – where Howard College is located – NMMI will return home to play the last collegiate basketball game in the Cahoon Armory before it undergoes a complete renovation.

“The game versus Western Texas [College] will be an interesting night – it will be the last game that I’ll coach in the current Cahoon Armory gym,” continued coach.

That may not seem like too significant a statement until you realize that Schooley has coached over 500 games inside the Cahoon Armory gym during his 27-year term at the ‘Old Post’ – beginning as an assistant high school coach for the Colt basketball program back in 1992.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the renovations to Cahoon and especially the gym,” opined Schooley.  “It’ll be great for the players to play in, great for the fans to watch and definitely be a great recruiting tool.”

Francis and George combine for 40 in loss to Chaps

NMMI wing Jordan-Reeese George with one of his three three-pointers vs. Midland. Photo by Laura Brown.

NMMI Sports Press

Timely threes by the New Mexico Military Bronco basketball team weren’t quite enough to get the win over conference opponent Midland College, as inside scoring and outstanding rebounding  by Chap center Elijah Lufile helped his team finish with a seven-point win, 64-57.

NMMI’s Isaiah Francis had his second-best point total of the season, dropping in 28, while teammate Jordan-Reese George put forth his best offensive effort with twelve points, including a trio of treys.

Midland’s Lufile, however, had a double-double wrapped up before the end of the first half, and finished with 18 points and 19 rebounds.

In the first half, neither team was able to take more than a two-point lead, until Eman Eman hit a three-pointer in the last 40 seconds to put the Chaps up by four, 29-25.

NMMI had two chances to score before the buzzer, but an in-the-paint shot Zeontay Anthony rattled around the rim before bouncing back out. He got his own rebound and was fouled before going back up for a shot. On the ensuing inbound play – with just 1.4 seconds left, Cyriaque Foucart missed a three from the corner while being well-guarded by the Chap defense.

Midland built an eight-point lead in the first five minutes of the second half, 38-30.

The Institute battled back, creating the ninth tie of the game, 43-43, after a three-pointer by the game’s top scorer, Isaiah Francis, with 10:11 left on the clock.

NMMI briefly led twice by two in the period: once immediately after Francis’ three, with Foucart getting an easy lay-in off an assist by Keith Deloatch; and again at the 7:25 mark, 48-46, after a ‘stop-and-pop’ shot by Francis.

But Midland again surged out in front, and held another eight-point margin, 58-50, with just 3:38 left to play.

Francis scored seven points over the next two minutes, making it a three-point game, 60-57, with 1:34 remaining, but a Chap three and single free throw were the final points scored in the contest.

After Francis and George, NMMI’s next highest scorer was Jermane Carter, who fouled out late the second half with seven points and six rebounds. Anthony Mensah posted up for six Bronco points, while bringing down 10 boards.

The loss drops NMMI to 7-19 overall and 2-11 in conference, with three games left in the regular season. They’ll face both Frank Phillips and Howard College on the road (Feb. 18 and Feb. 21) before finishing up at home against Western Texas College on Feb. 28. Tip-off for that final game is scheduled for 6:00 PM in the Cahoon Armory gymnasium.

Broncos fall to Odessa in conference play

NMMI’s Jermane Carter with the dunk in the second half of play against Odessa. Carter 17 points and led the Broncos with seven rebounds. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team fell to conference foe Odessa College 82-71 in the Cahoon Armory Gym on Thursday night.

The first half was a back and forth battle between both teams. The largest lead was by NMMI with a 6 point lead at the 10:33 mark in the first half. Odessa came back and took a four point lead with under a minute to go, but the Broncos went on a 5-0 run to end the half up 39-38.

In the second half Odessa took control out of the gate going on a 18-5 run through the first eight minutes of play. After the early run NMMI out played the Wranglers, but could not overcome the early deficit.

“We had about a four minute spurt where we kind of quit playing and they got up on us,” said head Bronco basketball coach Sean Schooley. “But what I liked about this game is that we battled back. We didn’t quit playing and gave ourselves a chance to stay in the game.”

Isaiah Francis led the Broncos with 26 points on the night. He added four rebounds and two steals. Jermane Carter had 17 points along with seven rebounds, three blocks, and a steal. Anthony Mensah collected 13 points.

The Bronco’s next game will be at South Plains College on February 11. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 CST.

Late three-pointer gives Broncos road win in Snyder

NMMI freshman point guard Keith Deloatch looks to penetrate the Howard College defense in a game at home vs. the Hawks on Jan. 21.

NMMI Sports Press

In a game that featured both a big first-half comeback and late game heroics, the New Mexico Military Institute basketball team rose victorious, earning a 78-75 win over conference foe Western Texas College in Snyder, TX.

The Westerners went on a 16-2 run to start the game, prompting a time out by Bronco head coach Sean Schooley. After the break in play, NMMI finished the half on a 32-14 run, and entered the locker room up 34-30.

In the second half, it was a back and forth battle between the two teams, where no team ever held more than a five point lead.

In the final 19 seconds of the game, the Westerners called a timeout, down 75-72, and drew up a play. Schooley set up his team’s defense on the outside, trying to stop an open shot from behind the arc, but WTC still managed to hit 35-foot three (almost 12 feet past the longest part of the NBA’s three-point arc) to tie up the game 75-75 with 12 seconds left in regulation.

Full-court pressure started to harass Bronco guard Keith Deloatch immediately after he got the inbound pass, but quickly backed off. Deloatch seemed a bit confused by the defensive switch, but quickly recovered, made a few dribbles up court, then aired out a 65-foot prayer.  His appeal was answered in the affirmative, resulting in NMMI’s second conference road-win of the season.

As a team the Broncos shot 88% (22-25) from the charity stripe and out rebounded Western Texas 48-36.

Isaiah Francis was a large part of that fantastic feat at the free-throw line with a perfect 18-for-18 performance. He led the Broncos with 32 points.

NMMI also had excellent production off the bench, as both Anthony Mensah and Jeremy Parsley put up double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively.

Along with the game-winning shot, Deloatch topped the Bronco roster with 11 rebounds.

“The guys hung in the game fought a hard battle and won it,” said coach Schooley, who was thrilled for his team. “Any win in this league is a good win, but a road win is hard to come by.”

Next up for the Broncos – 7-14 overall and 2-6 in the WJCAC – will be a home conference game against Clarendon College on Thursday, Jan. 31 with a 6:00 PM tipoff.