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Broncos lose foul-fest at home to Hawks

NMMI point guard Isaiah Francis drive in for the shot. Francis was again the game’s top-scorer with 23 points. Photo by Shutterbug.

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59 fouls were called and five players fouled out – two for the visiting Hawks and three for the home Broncos – as the New Mexico Military Institute dropped a conference basketball match-up at home on Monday to Howard College, 79-59.

Almost half of the Institute’s points came from the free throw line, as both teams went an equal 27 for 37 from the charity stripe.

The turnover column was almost equal as well, with the Broncos giving away the ball just one more time than the Hawks, 15 versus 14.

But the Hawks ripped down 12 more boards (50 to 38), and shot better from the field: 39% (23 for 59) for HC, compared to NMMI’s 28% (15 for 55), in a game where neither team could gain much momentum due to all the stoppages in play.

NMMI freshman point guard Isaiah Francis was again the top scorer in the contest, collecting 10 of his game-high 23 points from the foul line.

Two other Broncos posted double-digits in scoring, freshman guards Keith Deloatch with 13 and Jermane Carter with 11.

Freshman forward Kaleb Hicks was close behind with nine points, and led NMMI with just as many rebounds.

With the loss, NMMI moves to 6-14 overall and 1-6 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. Their next game won’t be until next Monday, on the road in Snyder, TX to face conference opponent Western Texas College in a 6:30 PM CST tipoff.

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.