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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.

Colts fall to inside play of Warriors

Hector Reyna scores two of his 16 points of the game against Ruidoso. He also added five rebounds and three assists to his stat line. Photo by Demitra Ulibarri.

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The first home game of the season was a tough one for the New Mexico Military Institute Colt varsity basketball team, playing up against Class 4A Ruidoso but falling, 66-44.

It was the Warriors’ inside play that paved the way to victory, with Ruidoso senior Josh Romero leading the way by putting up 27 points and pulling down 21 rebounds.

“Romero is very, very tough and we didn’t really have an answer for him tonight,” said first-year head Colt coach Connor Williamson. “But we’re definitely going to learn from this and come back stronger. I’m proud of the guys. We played hard to the end.”

NMMI had a very early led, scoring the first three points of the game. Sophomore wing Daniel Xibille sunk the back-end of a pair from the foul line, then after two consecutive missed inside shots by Ruidoso’s Romero, came back with a lay-up and easy basket on an assist from junior post Luis Silva.

But that was the last time the Colts would lead, as the Warriors went on an 11-4 run to close out the first period, 11-7.

“I think we shared the ball pretty well and our guards were attacking,” said coach Williamson, who played both high school and junior college basketball for the Institute. “But early in the game, we didn’t get many foul calls and were missing shots. Ruidoso also put on a type of press that we really weren’t ready for, which helped them go on an eight-point flurry. Those things hurt us.”

NMMI again started the scoring in the second, with senior point guard Hector Reyna slashing in for a quick two, but Ruidoso continued to pound the paint, building up an eleven-point margin at halftime, 29-18.

In the third, Ruidoso extended that lead to 19, sharing the ball with six different Warrior players, then won the fourth in a 20-17 shootout.

“All of our guards have a lot of talent – fast guys,” said the coach about their play, one of the team’s main strengths this year. “We just need to learn to make better decisions and keep getting better.”

As for the inside game, Williamson said it’s something they’ll continue to work on. “We have guys on the inside that just don’t have a lot of experience down there. We’re going to keep working with them, toughen them up. If we can clean those things up, we’ll definitely be a tough team to handle.”

Reyna and Xibille were the top scorers for the Colts with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Senior shooting guard Jesus Luy dropped in seven, soph guard Ricardo Mata contributed five, senior forward Charles Lewis had three, and Silva had two points along with the top mark in rebounds at six.

NMMI’s next game won’t come until after the Christmas break. They’ll take on the Loving Falcons at home on Jan. 15, a team they defeated on the road back on Dec. 4, 69-35, for their first win of the season.

After that, it’s five more ‘tune-up’ games prior to district play in the month of January: four road games and a final contest at home.

“We have quite a few more games before district starts, so definitely some winnable games coming up that will help us get ready for district,” said Williamson.

And with the Colts’ moving back down to Class 3A this year, in District 4 with Dexter, Tucumcari, and Tularosa, questions abound about who the district front-runner is.

“As far as district play, it’s just so early that it’s hard to tell right now. I know that Tucumcari beat Dexter, but I haven’t seen film on any of the teams yet.”

Williamson and his Colt squad won’t start sorting out the district standings until their first game in February, on the fifth, at Tucumcari.

Colts fall in final home game of the year

NMMI point guard Charles Lewis looks for a seem in the Portales zone defense.

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NMMI post Chris Blair with the 15-footer from the wing.

Tuesday evening the NMMI Colt basketball team took on the Portales Rams their regular season finale and lost 57-32.

Despite the 25 point loss, NMMI had the Rams exactly where they wanted them in the first half.

NMMI’s Hector Reyna gets an open shot under the basket after driving into the paint.

The Colts only allowed two three-pointers at halftime and shooting the three ball was clearly what Portales wanted to do.  “We played really good defense in the first half,” said Colt head coach Sean Schooley. “We played tight on the perimeter and forced them to take the ball inside, which is what we worked on in practice.”

Unfortunately for the Colts, the second half was a different story.

The Rams connected on 10 shots from behind the arc, which allowed them to open up a lead that the Colts could not overcome.

“Portales is a really good team,” said Schooley. “We had a manageable start in the fourth quarter, but we stopped playing defense.”

Jesus Luy gets a pick from teammate Chris Blair. Luy was the Colts’ top scorer with nine points.

NMMI also had trouble on the offensive end, scoring only 32 points in the game.

“It is hard to win games when you can’t score the basketball,” said Schooley. “It is even harder when you can’t convert easy buckets, which makes it that much harder on the defensive end.”

NMMI travels to Ruidoso on Monday to kick off the District 4-4A Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PM at Ruidoso High School.

Colts outlast Mescalero Apache

Hector Reyna goes up for a shot and gets fouled by four Chief defenders.

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Adnan Jalil attempts a shot against Mescalero Apache.

The Colt varsity basketball team (4-15) picked up their fourth win if the season on Monday evening by defeating Mescalero Apache (13-11) 53-49.

With 45 seconds remaining in the game, NMMI had the lead 48-46 and headed to the free throw line to shoot a one and one. The ball went off the side of the rim and Adnan Jalil got the board and put back to give the Colts a 50-46 lead.

Juan Reyna dribbles up the court against Mascalero Apache.

”If Adnan will get more active on the glass and help us get some easy shots and put backs like he did at the end of the game, it will relieve us of the offensive pressure we are having to put on ourselves just to score buckets,” said head coach Sean Schooley.

Shortly after the Chiefs inbounded the ball, Jesus Luy stepped in front of a pass and stole it to secure the win for the Colts.

“At the end we made some defensive stops and we were fortunate enough to get some steals,” said Schooley. “Luckily enough for us that steal was able to secure us the win.”

Jesus Luy set up to shoot a three pointer in the second quarter.

Despite leading the entire first half and halfway into the third quarter, NMMI surrendered a 10 point lead to Mescalero Apache.

Schooley quickly called a timeout and regrouped his team.

“We aren’t used to being in this position this year,” said Schooley.  “It is tough when you are constantly trying to scramble to get back in games and all of a sudden we are up. We got up by 10 or 12 and we thought we could just coast it on in, but we aren’t good enough offensively to trade buckets with other teams.”

Christopher Blair blocks a shot Monday evening.

Luy was the top scorer for the Institute with 11 points. Adnan and Blair added 10 each to give the Colts three players in double figures.

NMMI will host Portales on Tuesday at 7:00 PM to close out the regular season and wrap up district play.