The District 1-4A boys' basketball picture is beginning to clear.
Farmington's last-second win over Kirtland Central coupled with Piedra Vista's loss to Aztec clinched a share of the regular season title for the Scorpions and puts FHS a win away from locking up the No. 1 seed for the district tournament.
Matt Huffhines hit a runner in the lane with three seconds left to give FHS a 52-50 win over the Broncos.
“I was expecting some pressure,” said Huffhines, who got the ball with just under a minute left and dribbled out 55 seconds before attempting the game-winner.
The Scorps (13-11, 4-0 District 1-4A) trailed Kirtland 50-44 with two minutes left, but forced the Broncos (9-14, 1-3) into numerous turnovers to spark an 8-0 run.
FHS head coach Paul Corley was proud of the way his team fought back to steal a victory in the final seconds.
“Tonight was a sign of our maturity,” Corley said. “We kept our composure and didn't panic. This is a senior group that basically just didn't panic.”
Josh Miller-Castillo scored a game-high 18 points for the Scorps, including four 3-pointers.
Huffhines added 17 points in the victory.
Christian Mackey fought off double and triple teams from the FHS defense all game to score 17 points while grabbing 13 rebounds for the Broncos in the loss.
“Mackey's a big strong kid,” said Kirtland head coach John Zecca. “There was a few times that he didn't get calls. Sometimes he can get a little too physical, too, and it gets scary with foul trouble. He handles it well and I think he likes the physical play.”
Kirtland Central will get ready to host Aztec, while FHS goes on the road to face PV on Thursday after the Panthers fell to the Tigers 78-66 on Saturday night at Lillywhite Gymnasium.
“We just came out flat and didn't start the way we needed to,” said PV head coach Adam Huff.
Wyatt Schlueter scored a game-high 26 points for Aztec (10-13, 1-3) in the victory.
Kyle Dodd scored 15 points and Conner Gaskins added 13 more for the Tigers.
“We played with intensity tonight and our execution improved. We cut to the basket well and were able to get to the free-throw line,” said Aztec head coach Jody Christman. “Defensively, we know we're not going shut them down, but we made them work for their points.”
The Tigers attempted 34 free throws to just 14 for the Panthers.
“I was just hoping for consistency,” said Huff, who was given a technical foul near the end of the game. “It made it hard for us to adjust.”
Shanahan Wilson scored 21 to lead the Panthers (12-12, 2-2) in the loss.
PV senior Bryson Martinez was injured during the game and was taken to the hospital.
“He went up for a rebound and his legs got taken out from under him and he landed on his back,” Huff said. “The concussion tests were clear, but he had some pain between his shoulder blades.”