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Broncos fall to Plainsmen

Kaleb Hicks with a basket inside the three point line to collect two of his 15 points on the night.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Broncos fell to conference foe Frank Phillips College 93-79 in Cahoon Armory Gym on Thursday.

After Frank Phillips started the scoring NMMI got two straight baskets to take a 4-2 lead. The Broncos would tie the game 7-7 then 9-9 before the Plainsmen went on an 11-3 run in the first half to make the score 22-13 before a

NMMI timeout. After the time out the Broncos would cut the Plainsmen lead to three (38-35) with a minute left in the first half, but the Plainsmen would end the half on an 8-0 run to go in to the locker room up 46-35 at the half.

The second half was a back and forth contest between both teams. The biggest run was by NMMI with a 7-0 streak to cut a 68-53 deficit to a 68-60 Plainsmen lead. The Plainsmen would go on to slowly widen the game and take the 93-79 victory.

Isaiah Francis led the way for NMMI with 27 points. Kaleb Hicks had 15 points and Jermane Carter had 11. Keith Deloatch led the Broncos in assists with eight and in steals with five. The rebound leader for NMMI was Zeontay Anthony with seven.

NMMI’s next home game will be at home against Howard College on Monday, January 21st at 6:30 PM.

Broncos get first conference win of season behind 27 point effort from Francis

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The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team defeated Midland College 61-55 on Monday night in Midland, TX. This win is the first conference win for the Broncos on the season. 

NMMI shot 20-44 (45.5%) from the field and 6-13 (46.2%) from beyond the arc. The Broncos scored 19 points off of turnovers compared to Midlands 9 

Isiah Francis led the way scoring wise for the Broncos with 27 points. Three Broncos tied with nine points including Keith Deloatch, Kaleb Hicks, and Jordan-Reece George. Hicks led the Broncos in rebounds with seven and Deloatch led in steals with four. 

Head Bronco Basketball Coach Sean Schooley was ecstatic for the guys in the way they played tonight. 

Coach Schooley said, “Very proud of the effort tonight! Road wins are extremely difficult to come by in this conference. I hope the guys turned the corner and now know they can compete for 40 minutes instead of 20. 

The Broncos will be home for their next matchup against Frank Phillips College on Thursday (1/17) at 6:30 PM in Cahoon Armory Gym. 

Broncs scare No. 2 Texans with stellar first half

NMMI’s Isaiah Francis with a steal against the Texans. Photo courtesy Shutternut

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It was a classic ‘tale of two halves’ again for New Mexico Military Institute’s juco basketball team, as the Broncos fell to South Plains College, 84-61.

After leading by two at halftime Odessa College on Monday, NMMI dropped that road game, 71-58.

At home against the Texans, the Broncs went toe-to-toe with the NJCAA’s No. 2-ranked team, and held a six-point lead late in the first half.

NMMI overcame an initial 8-point surge by the South Plains to start the contest, battling back to an 18-18 tie at the 11:43 mark after a free throw by freshman forward Anthony Mensah.

Less than 30 seconds later, back-to-back buckets by freshman center Zeontay Anthony, both assisted by fellow frosh guard Keith Deloatch, gave NMMI a 22-18 lead.

That six-point NMMI lead, 28-22, came with 6:41 left on the clock, but the Broncos couldn’t hold it, trailing 38-35 at halftime.

NMMI freshman forward Cyriaque Foucart nailed a trey to start off the second half, tying things up, but the Texans countered with nine straight points.

The Broncos managed to close to within four, 49-45, after a three-pointer by freshman guard Jermane Carter, but continued hot shooting by SPC  – 65% from the field in the second half, compared to NMMI’s 28% – allowed the top-ranked Texans another conference win.

“We have improved so much since the beginning of the season,” said head Bronco coach Sean Schooley. “We just faced the two best teams in the league in back-to-back games, and in those two games, we’ve figured out how to play for the first 20 minutes. This shows that we can compete. Now we just have to show that we can compete with teams down the stretch.”

NMMI freshman point guard Isaiah Francis led all scorers in the game with 20 points.

“Isaiah’s a freshman point guard with tremendous energy,” said coach Schooley. “He came out rolling tonight after struggling at Odessa. He’s learning and getting better. We just need to continue to teach him how to be a complete point guard all the time.”

Teammate Carter posted 12 points and led the Broncos in with seven rebounds, and Foucart also put up double figures with 10 points.

With the loss, NMMI moves to 5-12 overall and 0-4 in conference. Their next game will at 6:00 PM CST on Monday, Jan. 14 at Midland College.

Hicks double-double effort not enough to clip Odessa

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The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team fell to Odessa College 71-58 in Odessa, TX on Monday.  

The Broncos got off to a great start in the first half as they shot 38.7% from the field to take a lead into the half of 30-28. The second half was not as good for the Broncos as they only hit 23.5% from the field, but still putting up 28 points in the second half as they fell to their conference foe 71-58. 

The Broncos shot 30.8% from the field on the night. The leading scorer for the Broncos was Isiah Thomas with 15 points. Kaleb Hicks collected a double-double with 13 points and a team high 11 rebounds.  

Head Bronco Basketball Coach Sean Schooley had nothing but praise for his team on their performance. 

Schooley said, “I am very proud of the team’s effort in this game. The guys worked their tails off; a bounce here and a bounce there and we could be talking about a victory.” 

NMMI’s next home game is Thursday, Jan. 10 vs. South Plains College at 6:30 PM MST in the Cahoon Armory Gym. 

Despite tragedy, Douglas leads NMMI to win

NMMI’s GWarren Douglas slams one home in the second half, for two of his game-high 25 points. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

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Tragedy struck just hours before the first game of the new year for one of the members of the New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team. Freshman forward GWarren Douglas, NMMI’s current season-leader in points, learned just hours before tip-off that his father had passed away in an auto accident.

Perhaps in tribute to his father, Douglas led all scorers with 25 points against Northern New Mexico College – his highest point total of the season – to help NMMI down the Eagles’ JV squad, 99-68.

“The points don’t matter,” said head Bronco coach Sean Schooley. “It was good for GWarren to come in and play. He was very upset on the bench, then he’d get in the game and feel good – a little relief, at least for a brief moment.”

The Eagles started out strong, hitting shots from behind the arc to give them an early lead.

“Northern New Mexico came out to play, shooting seven threes in the first half,” said coach Schooley. “And we started out slow, like I knew we would. But this is a great game for us to play before conference. Usually we don’t have anything, and just start right back with Odessa or South Plains College.”

The Eagles’ hot hand was Carlos Cordova. He hit four threes and a pair of free throws in the first eight minutes of play, to give NNMC a 17-14 lead.

However, the inside play of NMMI, both on offense and defense, was overwhelming. In the first half, the Broncs shot 54% from the field, thanks to numerous plays in the paint, and out-rebounded the Eagles 24-13. That inside onslaught gave the Institute an 18-point lead at the buzzer, 48-30.

In the second half, NMMI’s defense shut down NNMC’s offense, not allowing a single point for the first five minutes of play. That led to an 11-point run, effectively putting the game out of reach.

“It was a good win for us,” said Schooley. “We’ve been off for almost a month – just trying to shake out a little bit of the rust. We’ve proved that we’re athletic enough to play, but just still young enough to not quite have it all figured out.”

Three other Institute players posted double-figures in scoring, along with Douglas’ top tally: freshman forward Kaleb Hicks had 22; freshman point guard Isaiah Francis dropped in 20; and freshman guard Jermane Carter put up 11.

No Broncos earned the ‘double-d’ mark in rebounds, but every player pulled down at least one board in the game, led by eight from freshman point guard Keith Deloatch.

“We go to Odessa on Monday and we’re right back in it,” explained coach Schooley about the first of several upcoming games left in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play. “They’re good, one of the best teams in the conference. They’re an athletic, long team – kind of like we are.”

That contest is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 7th at 6:30 PM CST in Odessa, TX.

NMMI’s next home game is Thursday, Jan. 10 vs. South Plains College at 6:30 PM MST in the Cahoon Armory gym.