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Quickness key to Colt win over ‘Cats

NMMI’s Hector Reyna playing tough defense out on the wing against Tularosa’s Traiton Griffen.

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In front of a gym packed with members of the Corps of Cadets, the New Mexico Military Institute Colt basketball team (6-6, 2-1) evened up their record and moved into the pole position in the District 4 race, downing Tularosa (13-8, 1-2) at home on Tuesday, 46-36.

The Colts sunk the first basket of the game, a short shot by Charles Lewis after a pretty inlet pass by Hector Reyna, but quickly found themselves down by five, 7-2, after hot outside shooting by the ‘Cats.

NMMI’s Ricardo Mata then got hot himself, nailing back-to-back threes and then a two from the top of the key, giving the Colts a 10-7 lead with 3:57 left in the first. They then kept that margin until the end of the period, 15-12, thanks in large part to three more assists by Reyna.

Reyna sunk the next two baskets to start the second period, putting NMMI up by seven. Daniel Xibille dropped in five of his game-high 14 points in the period as well, helping the Colts take a 26-19 lead into the locker room.

As part of the halftime ceremonies, members of the ‘Cadets for a Cure’ campaign presented a check to the Chavez County Cancer Fund totaling $3000. The campaign is a year-long series of events and activities, organized by Institute cadets, designed to help raise both money and awareness for all types of cancer. The Chaves County Cancer Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to “provide caring support and financial assistance to Chaves County community members and their families as they go through cancer treatment.”

With the ‘big check’ presented and halftime concluded, the third quarter began, and it was a low-scoring, hard-nosed defensive battle by both teams. NMMI shot just 2-for-12 and committed six turnovers. But Tularosa’s offensive output was hardly better: 2-for-11 from the field, along with seven turnovers. Tularosa did manage to slightly outscore NMMI in the stanza, 6-5, making it a six-point game, 31-25, with one period left to play.

The ‘Cats scored eleven in the final period, including the initial bucket to cut the score to just four, 31-27, but that was as close as they would get, as five different Colt players posted points in the fourth, combining for a total of 15. Xibille again led with six. Reyna had three. Jalil Brown scored his first bucket of the game at the 6:37 mark on a fast break after a block and assist by Xibille. Charles Lewis got the final two points of his eight-point tally after a steal and easy bucket with 3:22 left on the clock. And newcomer Clay Stroh hit a pair from the charity stripe with 13 ticks left to close out the Colt scoring.

“It got sloppy there a couple of times – which it kind of tends to do with us – but we were able to withstand the turnovers and finish the game,” said head Colt basketball coach Connor Williamson, who was clearly proud of his team’s play on both sides of the ball.

“We have a lot of guys who can score, just a lot of threats, and when we share the ball, we’re definitely scary,” continued the coach. “Our offense comes from our defense a lot of times, too. We have a lot of quick defenders and when they get in those passing lanes it causes a lot of problems for opposing teams. Then we get on the break and get some easy ones.”

Xibille tied Lewis for tops in rebounds, each with seven. Reyna finished with nine points, six boards, six assists, a block and pair of steals. Mata poured in eight on the night, all in the first, and had a trio of both rebounds and assists.

Next up for the Colts will be another district home game, as they take on the Rattlers on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 PM in the Cahoon Armory gym and try to avenge a previous 51-34 loss in Tucumcari back on Feb. 5.

Colts defeat Dexter for first district win of the season

NMMI’s Jalil Brown defending against Dexter’s Jaime Chavira. Brown had nine points and six boards for the Colts; Chavira had nine points and three boards for the Demons. Photo courtesy of Laura Brown.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt basketball team defeated the Dexter Demons 57-49 in the Cahoon Armory gym on Friday night, evening-up their district record to 1-1.

NMMI was down by as much as 11 in the first five minutes of the game, but the Colts came back in the second half of the quarter to cut the Demon lead to four, 18-14.

NMMI took their first lead of the game, 24-23, with less than two minutes to go in the second quarter – Charles Lewis making good on a pair of free throws for two of his 10 points in the game, but Dexter regained the lead and took a slim 27-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.

At the start of the third, NMMI went on an 8-0 run, including two three pointers, one by Hector Reyna and another by Jalil Brown, to give them a six-point 33-27 cushion.

A pair of free throws by Dexter big-man Bryan Cano, who had six points and six boards in the contest, cut that lead to four just before the end of the third period, 38-34.

Dexter then tied the game early in the fourth quarter 40-40, but NMMI slowly rebuilt their lead in large part thanks to eight points in the period by Daniel Xibille, along with a 9-for-16 performance from the charity stripe down the stretch, keeping the game out of reach.

NMMI led by as much as nine in the fourth quarter to take home their first district victory of the season.

Hector Reyna led the Colts with 12 points. Reyna also had seven rebounds, two steals, and four rebounds. Charles Lewis collected 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds on the night.

Bejarano big with 36, but Colts outlast ‘Cats

Hagerman’s Jakob Bejarano goes baseline against NMMI’s Jesus Luy. Bejarano was able to score from both the inside and outside, and had a big night for the Bobcats with 36 points. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

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Hagerman senior Jakob Bejarano dropped in 36 points for the visiting Bobcats, including 23 of his team’s 24 points in the first half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Colts in the Cahoon Armory gym, with New Mexico Military winning their second-straight game at home, 63-49.

The Institute squad jumped out to an early 14-1 lead – connecting on their first nine shots from the field – taking the first period by a score of 22-6.

The Bobcats turned the tables in the second, however, squashing the Colt lead to just six points by halftime, 30-24, thanks to a seventeen-point tear by Bejarano.

An 11-2 run by the Colts to start the third, capped by a three-pointer by NMMI senior Jesus Luy, made it 43-26 with 4:55 on the clock. The Bobcats battled back to within nine, 43-35, but another Colt run in the final minute and a half of play gave NMMI a 15-point lead, 50-35, heading into the final quarter.

Hagerman closed to back within seven several times before the three-minute mark in the fourth, but the Colts sunk enough free-throws down the stretch to keep the game out of reach, including a 6 for 6 stint from the stripe by sophomore guard Ricardo Mata.

“The team is starting to really play well together,” said head NMMI coach Connor Williamson. “I liked everyone’s effort tonight. We came out strong tonight and got a comfortable lead, but then they had a really good player, Bejarano, score a lot of points in the first half. That made it a close game, but our guys fought hard in the second half to pull it out. We just tried to spread it out and take time off the clock at the end of the game, and knocked down some good free-throws.”

Top scorer for the game was Bobcat Bejarano, with the aforementioned 36. Teammate Jose Rodriguez had 11.

NMMI had three players post double-figures in scoring, led by sophomore Daniel Xibille’s 18; Luy had 14 and senior Hector Reyna dropped in 12.

With the win, NMMI improves to 3-4 on the season, while the Bobcats fall to 6-10. Next up for the Colts will be a road match at Texico at 6:00 PM on Monday, Jan. 29, followed by a rematch with ‘Cats in Hagerman on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 PM.

Coyotes edge past Colts

Hector Reyna hits two of his team high 20 points over the block attempt by Alonso Acosta in Saturday afternoons game against Roswell High’s JV squad.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Colt basketball team fell to Roswell High School JV team 65-47 at Roswell High School on Saturday.

It was a tale of two halves for both teams. NMMI jumped to an 11-1 run to start the first quarter. Daniel Xibille started the Colt run with a three pointer from the corner. The Coyotes would end the quarter on a 9-5 run to cut the Colt lead to 15-10 at the end of the first quarter.

The run streak continued for both teams as out of the gate for the second quarter the Colts scored six straight points to give them a 21-10 lead. Roswell High would once again end the quarter on a 13-7 run to make the game 28-23 at the half in favor of NMMI.

In the third quarter the Coyotes would tie the game 34-34 with 2:35 on the scoreboard and end the rest of the third quarter on a 9-2 run for a 41-36 Coyote lead.

Roswell High continued hitting threes in the fourth quarter as they hit five of their total 12 three pointers in the fourth to give them a 65-47 victory.

Colts leading scorer of the game was Hector Reyna with 20 points. Roswell High’s Dayton Gonzalez also had 20 points to lead the Coyotes in scoring.

Head Colt Basketball Coach Connor Williamson liked what he saw from his team in the first half, but gave credit to the Coyotes in the second half.

Williamson said, “In the first half I liked what I saw from our guys, but in the second half Roswell High started making their three’s.”

The next game for the Colts will be at Mescalero Apache on Tuesday, January 22nd at 7:00 PM

Colt show little rust at home versus Loving

Daniel Xibille hits a buzzer beating three before the first quarter ended. Xibille had nine points on the night. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

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The NMMI Colt basketball team evened up their record (2-2) with a win at home on Tuesday taking down the Loving Falcons for the second time this season, this time at home, 53-37.

It was both teams’ first game after the holiday break, and for the Falcons it showed, especially in the turnover column, with Loving giving away the ball 27 times.

NMMI head coach Connor Williamson was very pleased by how his Colts looked, however.

“Even though we’ve been off for a month, I think our guys looked better than when we last played,” said Williamson. “We played hard and shared the ball really well – you can tell that by how spread out the scoring was. I’m just really pleased with how we played tonight, especially coming out after the break.”

NMMI trailed just once, very early in the first period, but quickly bounced back to take a seven-point lead at the middle mark. Inside shots, set up by solid ball movement, along with penetration by veteran senior guards Jesus Luy and Hector Reyna, helped NMMI take and extend their lead throughout the contest.

The Colts won the first quarter 18-11, took the second 16-8 for a 32-19 lead at halftime, then coasted through the second half with plenty of playing time for the players on the bench.

Reyna was the top scorer of the game with 11 points, seven of which came from the charity stripe. Soph forward Daniel Xibille had nine, including a buzzer-beating trey to end the first period. Luy and senior forward Charles Lewis both dropped in eight; soph guard Ricardo Mata and junior post Luis Silva each had six; junior guard Quan Nguyen had three; and senior forward Jalil Brown had the final two.

Xibille and Lewis were the Colts’ top rebounders with seven apiece.

Next up for NMMI will be a game on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Roswell High vs. the Coyotes’ JV team – game time is set for 11:30 AM.