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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.

Broncs survive scare from Plainsmen, win second straight WJCAC match

Bronco DeMarco Enoch goes baseline around FPC defender Milija Cosic. Photo by Laura Brown

Bronco DeMarco Enoch goes baseline around FPC defender Milija Cosic. Photo by Laura Brown

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Maurice Coleman for one of his clutch three-pointers in the second half. Photo by Laura Brown

Maurice Coleman for one of his clutch three-pointers in the second half. Photo by Laura Brown

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.

NMMI's Will Sessoms goes up strong with the inside shot against FPC's Marko Dangubic. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Will Sessoms goes up strong with the inside shot against FPC’s Marko Dangubic. Photo by Laura Brown

“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.

Bronco Davis Steelman tries to get a shorrt shot over Plainsman Marko Dangubic. Photo by Laura Brown

Bronco Davis Steelman tries to get a shorrt shot over Plainsman Marko Dangubic. Photo by Laura Brown

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's Rashaan Proctor with the offensive rebound and put-back. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Rashaan Proctor with the offensive rebound and put-back. Photo by Laura Brown

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.

Big home conference win for Broncs against Midland

Soph guard DeMarco Enoch with a step on his man, looking to go to the hoop. Photo by Laura Brown

Soph guard DeMarco Enoch with a step on his man, looking to go to the hoop. Photo by Laura Brown

 

8-foot jump shot by NMMI's Davis Steelman before the Chap defense can get there. Photo by Laura Brown

8-foot jump shot by NMMI’s Davis Steelman before the Chap defense can get there. Photo by Laura Brown

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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.

NMMI's Rashaan Proctor draws the foul after an inside shot attempt. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Rashaan Proctor draws the foul after an inside shot attempt. Photo by Laura Brown

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.

Bronco Chukuka Emili elevates to get a clear shot from about 5 feet out. Photo by Laura Brown

Bronco Chukuka Emili elevates to get a clear shot from about 5 feet out. Photo by Laura Brown

“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.

Freshman forward Will Sessoms takes a contested shot in the paint. Photo by Laura Brown

Freshman forward Will Sessoms takes a contested shot in the paint. Photo by Laura Brown

Big win by Broncs over NNMC

Bronco Jake Valero on the outside, looking for an open shot against Eagle Kevin Yazzie. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Bronco Jake Valero on the outside, looking for an open shot against Eagle Kevin Yazzie.
Photo courtesy Laura Brown

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Gregory Talbot with the put-back after an offensive rebound. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Gregory Talbot with the put-back after an offensive rebound. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

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.

Three-point shot by Bronco Chukuka Emili. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Three-point shot by Bronco Chukuka Emili. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

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.

From the wing, Maurice Coleman looks inside for an open man under the basket. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

From the wing, Maurice Coleman looks inside for an open man under the basket. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

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.

Two-hand jam by NMMI's Marlon Laveau-Alcindor. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Two-hand jam by NMMI’s Marlon Laveau-Alcindor. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

 

 

 

 

Broncos get conference win at home over Clarendon

Bronco Will Sessoms rises up for the throw down, after an offensive rebound in the first half .  Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Bronco Will Sessoms rises up for the throw down, after an offensive rebound in the first half .
Photo courtesy Laura Brown

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Davis Steelman sinks a shot for two from the top of the key. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Davis Steelman sinks a shot for two from the top of the key. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

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.

Defense on the outside by NMMI's Lenny Kadisha, against Clarendon's top shooting threat, Walker Small. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Defense on the outside by NMMI’s Lenny Kadisha, against Clarendon’s top shooting threat, Walker Small. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

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.”

Chukuka Emili goes baseline around a pair of Bulldogs. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

Chukuka Emili goes baseline around a pair of Bulldogs. Photo courtesy Laura Brown

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.