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Lady Colts improve to 4-0


Geraldlynn Notah dribbling away from a defender.

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Sashkia Pena goes up strong to the basket against Lake Arthur.

The NMMI Lady Colt basketball team won their fourth consecutive game 61-20 against the Lake Arthur Lady Panthers (0-2), Monday evening in Roswell.

The Lady Colts had the momentum from the very beginning and never lost it thanks to back to back steals and layups by Rilan Maloney to open up the quarter. Head coach Marisha Olesinski said, “As a team we played very well and we pushed the fast break, which allowed us to make some easy shots.”

NMMI did not surrender a single point to the Lady Panthers, as the score was 29-0 at the end of the first.

Rilan Maloney attempts one of her two free-throw attempts.

To start the second quarter, NMMI did not have a single starter on the floor. Sashkia Pena, a senior from Sonora, Mexico was a dominant force for the Lady Colts as she scored a game-high 16 points, eight which came in the second quarter helping the Lady Colts to go up at halftime 41-7.

NMMI forced Lake Arthur to turn the ball over 10-plus times in the third quarter, which allowed the Lady Colts to bump their lead up to 55-11 heading into the fourth.

Lake Arthur stormed out to a 4-0 run early in the fourth thanks to Carla Lopez, the Panthers leading scorer who finished with 12 points.  “Our effort was excellent tonight and I am glad all of our girls had a chance to contribute in this victory.”

NMMI has a quick turnaround as they take on Goddard “C” tomorrow at 5:00 PM.

NMMI spoils Gateway’s home opener

Tianna Tsosie dribbles the ball up the court.

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Demitra Ulibarri takes a shot early in the first half agains Gateway.

The NMMI Lady Colt basketball team spoiled Gateway Christian’s season opener by overcoming a 10 point deficit to defeat the Lady Warriors 43-41.

NMMI started off the game sluggish as Gateway stormed out to a 10-4 lead thanks to back to back three-pointers by Megyn Balok. Gateway would take a 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Balok finished with 18 points and 3 assists. Head coach Marisha Olesinski said, “We started off a little sluggish, but turned it around and after that everyone played very well.”

The struggles would continue in the second half as Demitra Ulibarri scored the lone basket for the Lady Colts. Gateway finished the quarter with nine points and that totaled the score to 23-13 heading into halftime.

Abigail Valadez shoots one of her eight free throws.

It was very evident that Olesinski was not happy with her team’s performance the in the first half. Olesinski said, “I told the girls that we can come back, we just needed to stop making so many turnovers,” and that is exactly what happened in the second half.

NMMI came out fast in the third quarter as Abigail Valadez scored back to back layups to cut the lead to 23-17, but the momentum did not last long as Gateway finished the third quarter on an 8-3 run.

Heading into the fourth quarter, NMMI was down six points and starting point guard Tianna Tsosie fouled out in the third quarter. Instead of folding and giving the game to Gateway, NMMI rattled off 2 turnovers in a row to get the Warriors out of sync and tied up the game at 37-37. NMMI went on 5-0 and then a turnover allowed Gateway to tie the game at 41-41 with thirty seconds left.

Demitra Ulibarri takes a shot early in the first half against Gateway.

After a shot hit the iron, Ulibarri grabbed the rebound and made the shot with less than five seconds remaining. Gateway did not get a shot off an NMMI won the game 43-41.

Ulibarri led NMMI offensively with 16 points and Valadez added 13 of her own.

NMMI will take on Lake Arthur Monday at the Godfrey Athletic Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 PM.


Colts run out of gas against Tularosa

Jump shot by NMMI’s Khristofer Hill. The 6’7″ junior wing-man led all scorers with 18 points, along with seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Photo by Jay Wilson

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Inlet pass off the fast break by NMMI point guard Juan Reyna. Photo by Jay Wilson

The NMMI Colt basketball team was not able to overcome a slow start and fell to the Tularosa Wildcats 51-41 in their home opener Tuesday evening.

NMMI could not click offensively, scoring only 12 points in the first half on a cold 5 for 22 shooting performance, committing 13 turnovers compared to Tularosa’s three. This led to a 13-0 Tularosa run, and proved to be an insurmountable lead for the Colts to overcome.

Hector Reyna with the drive to the bucket. The senior guard finished with 12 points for the Colts. Photo by Jay Wilson

Head coach Sean Schooley said, “Tularosa is well coached and they did what they were supposed to do. They ran their stuff and took care of the ball and I thought they did a great job.”

Tularosa led 30-12 at halftime and built a 20 point lead, 34-14, within the first 30 seconds of the third quarter. At this point the Colts woke up and rattled off nine unanswered points and closed the gap on the Wildcats halfway through the third quarter.

NMMI forward Nigel Grubbs on defense. Grubbs was the game’s leader in rebounds with 12, including seven on offense. Photo by Jay Wilson

NMMI would trade baskets with the Wildcats to finish the period down 38-27. The Colts fed off that energy and further reducing the Tularosa lead to five points at the 5:36 mark of the fourth quarter. But that was as close the Colts would get as they committed five turnovers the rest of the contest. “I was very proud of our guys because we could have folded and they bounced back and we just ran out of gas and we just couldn’t keep up.,” said Schooley. Tularosa was able to build the lead back up to double digits for the final margin.

Michael Carrejo comes up with a loose ball for the Colts. Photo by Jay Wilson

Leading the way offensively was Khristofer Hill, who finished with a game high of 18 points including back to back three pointers during the 9-0 run the Colts had early in the third quarter. Hector Reyna added 12 points and Nigel Grubbs grabbed 12 rebounds. Tularosa was led by Toby Carrillo who added 13 points in a balanced team attack for the Wildcats.

NMMI (1-1) has a quick turnaround as they take on the Texico Wolverines (1-0) Thursday at 7 PM in Cahoon Armory.




Broncos outgun Fort Bliss

Matt Brown goes up for a layup earlier in the season.

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NMMI closed out the Bronco Classic with a win over Fort Bliss Army Base 112-107, setting their overall record at 7-4 as they head into conference play.

The Broncos performed much better on offense, as the plus-century-mark tally shows, and NMMI had four players in double figures, led by Trevelin Queen with 30. Atem Bior had his second double-double of the tournament, finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

“Every single player had a hand in this victory,“ said head coach Ralph Davis. “Yesterday was a disappointment for sure, but I’m proud that we came back today. We had an opportunity to fold, but instead we fought back late and got the win. Now it’s time to restart and focus on next Wednesday, our first conference game.”

That first conference game is slated for 6:30 P.M. against Clarendon College in Roswell at 6:00 PM.

Broncos lose a close one to Strength N Motion Prep

NMMI’s Davis Steelman with an over-the-shoulder pass to a teammate breaking for the basket.

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Clarke Cooper on defense for the Broncos.

The Bronco basketball team opened up the NMMI Classic with a loss versus Strength N Motion Prep International 97-95.

Rosel Hurley gets fouled taking the ball to the hoop off the dribble-drive.

Head coach Ralph Davis said, “Defensively we just weren’t there at all tonight and we could not get a stop.”

NMMI allowed Strength N Motion to grab 16 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds, which allowed them to put the game away late.

“We could not score that basketball. They played well and made the shots they were supposed to make,” said Davis.

NMMI had five players in double figures, led Rosel Hurley with 24. Hurley also had 12 rebounds to get the double-double. Teammate Davis Steelman was close behind with 22.

NMMI will take on Fort Bliss Army Base to conclude the NMMI Classic tomorrow at 12:00 PM at Cahoon Armory.

Atem Bior goes up for two inside the paint.