In a hotly contested battle that featured four technical fouls, Aztec fell at home to No. 6 Bernalillo 94-85.
“The two teams were competing hard. We were both pushing the line and a couple of times we crossed it,” said Tigers' head coach Jody Christman after his team and the Spartans were hit with two technicals apiece.
Bernalillo (11-6) was in control throughout the contest after the Tigers (7-8) got off to a slow start.
“We got behind early and our intensity was relaxed,” Christman said. “We'll see what we gained from this loss, but bringing intensity is the first lesson. We have to make sure we bring it day in and day out.”
Jamie Lopez scored 25 to lead the Tigers while Wyatt Schlueter added 22 points.
Nick Weaver also chipped in 10 points for Aztec.
The Tigers will be in action again Tuesday against Miyamura at home.
“These games are designed to get us ready for district,” Christman said. “We're getting closer. We'll keep practicing and getting better. That's the key, just keep taking small steps to get better.”
Gallup 75, Piedra Vista 66
The Panthers (9-10) dropped a tough contest to the No. 8 Bengals (9-6) on Saturday in Gallup.
“We were up and down tonight,” said PV head coach Adam Huff. “They opened a lead, and we cut it to one at halftime. Then we took the lead early in the third, and they answered with an 8-0 run.”
Jake Armijo led the Panthers with 23 points in the loss.
Piedra Vista will play its final non-district game of the regular season Friday against Bloomfield.
“It's very important,” Huff said about the upcoming matchup with the Bobcats. “You don't want to enter the district schedule on a losing note. We have a week before that game, though, and then we have another week before district, so we'll use that time to get healthy and fine tune some things in practice.”
St. Pius X 42, Farmington 35
The Scorpions (7-11) string of tough losses continued with a 42-35 loss to the No. 3 Sartans (10-4) in Albuquerque.
Despite the defeat, FHS head coach Paul Corley was happy with the way his team responded after losing to Del Norte on Friday.
"It's probably the best defensive game we've played all year," Corley said. "I'm proud of the way we took the third ranked team down to final minutes. The team played with a lot of heart."
The Scorps took a 29-24 lead into the final quarter, but were outscored by St. Pius 18-6 in the fourth quarter.
Matt Huffhines led FHS with 13 points and Josh Miller-Castillo chipped in nine.
Next for the Scorps will be a home matchup against Bloomfield on Tuesday.
"I'm sure they'll focus on Matt," Corley said after Huffhines scored 40 on the Bobcats last Tuesday. "But he's a team player and will use that as an opportunity to find the open person."
Silver 51, Bloomfield 39
The Bobcats (5-11) closed out the St. Michael's round robin with a loss to Silver (9-5) on Saturday.
It was Bloomfield's third loss in three days at the tournament.
"It's a great tournament to go to. We got to see where we need to be if were going to compete with the top 3A teams," said Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning. "We weren't expecting the physical play. We weren't expecting the speed. It's growing pains for the team, and they're frustrated, but hopefully they'll use it as a learning experience."
The Bobcats faced three of the top 10 3A teams at the tournament — No. 5 St. Michael's, No. 8 Silver and No. 10 Robertson.
Ryan Johnson led Bloomfield with 14 points in Saturday’s loss.
The Bobcats next game will be at Farmington on Tuesday.
Manning expects his team to do a better job of slowing Huffhines after his scoring outburst in the 77-44 Scorps' win last Tuesday.
"We have to locate him, but they aren't a one-man show," Manning said. "They have some other guys who can go off."