The Farmington Scorpions have played Gallup three times this season, and have come up short in all three games by a combined 15 points.
Gallup (7-5) defeated the Scorps 53-47 Friday night in the semifinals of Gallup’s tournament.
Farmington (5-8) was led by Matt Huffhines’ 17 points. Josh Miller-Castillo added another 11.
The Scorps trailed 24-13 at halftime and 38-26 going into the fourth quarter.
“We made a great run and played hard until the end. We had opportunities, but we just dug ourselves a hole that took a lot of energy to dig out from,” said FHS head coach Paul Corley.
In the first half, Farmington was whistled for 13 fouls to only three by Gallup.
Corley said the team received a spark from senior Damon Shorty, who helped set the tone for the team’s late run.
“He is our spark plug. He doesn’t score a lot, but he plays with big heart all the time,” Corley said. “He gives us everything and leaves it all on the floor.”
Corley said he knows the Scorpions can beat the Bengals, and he hopes the two teams cross paths again.
Farmington will play Sandia Prep tonight at 6 p.m. in the third-place game.
“St. Pius X beat Sandia Prep by almost 20 tonight, but it will be a challenge for us. We have to play extremely well on both ends,” Corley said. “I challenged the guys to take third. It would be two tournaments we have taken third in, and that is a positive for us.”
Earlier in the day, Kirtland Central defeated Grants 54-50 to advance to the fifth-place game of the tournament.
“We were sloppy and had a lot of turnovers but hung on to the win,” said Kirtland head coach John Zecca.
Christian Mackey led the Broncos with 20 points.
Kirtland Central will face Artesia today at 2:30 p.m. for fifth place.
Santa Fe Indian 65, Navajo Prep 33
Navajo Prep had a big home challenge against one of the state’s top teams in Santa Fe Indian School, and SFIS displayed its dominance Friday night.
The Lady Eagles (5-6) fell to the Lady Broncos 65-33.
“Santa Fe Indian is a very good team. They read each other very well on the court, and their size and height got to us tonight,” said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp.
Navajo Prep was led offensively by Ashley Joe’s 10 points.
Prep will prepare for district play with two big games on the horizon against Navajo Pine and Rehoboth.
“Now we will see where we really are,” Crisp said. “The games against bigger school shave really helped us prepare.”
Bloomfield 57, Farmington 43
The Bloomfield Lady Bobcats picked up a big win against San Juan County foe Farmington on Friday in the consolation bracket of the Cuba tournament.
Bloomfield (4-9) took play to the Lady Scorps (3-10), earning a 57-43 win.
“Turnovers cost us again. We also had open shots at the basket and couldn’t finish,” said FHS head coach Mike Switch. “Our performance was better than Thursday and the girls played hard, but the turnovers came at critical times.”