Farmington played in another close game Tuesday but once again came up just short of a win.
The Scorps (0-2) pushed Grants into overtime, but eventually fell 76-73.
Farmington led by two points with two minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The Scorps tried to keep the ball away from Grants, but a costly turnover allowed the Pirates to tie the game.
The overtime period was back-and-forth, said FHS head coach Paul Corley, but Grants hit two free throws with five seconds to play to go up by three.
Farmington inbounded the ball quickly and got to halfcourt before calling a timeout. Matt Huffhines, who scored a team-high 18 points, got the ball in his hand with a chance to tie the game, but his shot wouldn’t go down.
“Our time management in the end wasn’t very smart,” Corley said. “The turnovers we had weren’t what we wanted to do. It was a tough loss.”
It was the second close loss in as many games this season for Farmington, who lost to Gallup on the road in the season opener.
“I told the boys these losses are tough to swallow right now, but we will grind at it and find a way to win these close games,” Corley said. “We are still a new team with a new coach and staff. Everyone is still trying to find their role on the team. What we do have is a lot of heart and fight. We got down but the kids battled back, and I appreciate that about this group.”
Ethan Graff scored 16 points for the Scorps while Kyle Reynolds had another 14. Josh Miller-Castillo also had 13 to give Farmington four players in double figures for the second time this season.
The Scoprs play Moriarty on the road Friday night before facing Albuquerque Academy on Saturday.
Miyamura 69, Piedra Vista 68
The Panthers dug a hole they couldn’t claw out of early Tuesday night in Gallup against Miyamura.
PV (2-2) trailed by 13 points going into the fourth quarter but fought back to make it a game. Miyamura eventually iced the game at the free-throw line, though, as the Patriots took a 69-68 win.
“It was really tough. You put yourself in a hole and it is tough to come out on top in a game,” said PV head coach Adam Huff.
Despite the loss, Huff called the second half the team’s best 16 minutes of the season so far.
“That was the most progress I have seen since we started. We were able to play with energy and intensity, and that was definitely our best half in four games,” he said. “If anything was encouraging, it was the fight in the fourth quarter. But the way we played in the first half, that didn’t set us up well. We had no heart in the first half.”
PV will play Albuquerque Academy on Friday before facing Moriarty on Saturday. Both games will be on the road.
Grants 50, Piedra Vista 38
After playing four games on the road to open the season, the Lady Panthers finally played in front of a home crowd Tuesday night.
The home-court advantage wasn’t enough for PV (2-3), though, as Grants took a 50-38 win.
It was the second-consecutive game the two teams have played, with Grants beating PV by two points in the consolation final of the Santa Fe Indian tournament Saturday.
“We just didn’t play well. We were a little soft,” said PV head coach Mike Christie. “Grants picked up the intensity in the third quarter.”
The game was tied at 21 at halftime, but the Lady Pirates outscored PV 19-6 in the third quarter to establish a big lead.
PV had 31 turnovers in the game.
“They picked up intensity in the second half and had good ball movement. They flew around in our face, and we avoided contact and played passive,” Christie said.
Claudia Charles led PV with 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Panthers play Thursday night at home against Bayfield, Colo., before going back on the road Saturday to face Pojoaque.
Ignacio, Colo., 49, Bloomfield 34
Bloomfield fell to 0-3 on the young season with a road loss in Igancio, Colo.
The Lady Bobcats lost 49-34 to Ignacio on Tuesday.
Haili Bekes led Bloomfield with 12 points.
Bloomfield is back in action Thursday night at home against Cuba.