FARMINGTON — Kirtland Central expected to play its first game two weeks earlier than it did, but the Broncos had no problem picking up their first win on Tuesday evening.
The Broncos led Durango High the majority of the night in Colorado as they took a 65-54 victory.
Senior center Christian Mackey led Kirtland Central with 20 points and double-digit rebounds.
"It was a close game, but we were able to maintain a small lead," said Kirtland Central head coach John Zecca. "We led by as many as 14 at one point, but Durango made a few runs and hit some tough 3-pointers on us. Overall, we played solid throughout."
The Broncos led the game 34-27 at halftime and stretched that lead to 49-40 after the third quarter.
Zecca was pleased with even scoring on the team behind Mackey. Bud Willie and Reese Foutz each had 10 points in the game. He also thought his team played solid defense.
Kirtland Central hosts a tournament beginning this Thursday with a game against Whitehorse, Utah. The Broncos will play Mesilla Valley in the second round of the six-team bracket.
"It is the time of the season to get better and find ourselves a bit," Zecca said. "Our guys know our system, and there are not a whole lot of surprises with what we are doing. We just want to build."
Piedra Vista 66, Miyamura 55
Trailing by 11 points with 12 minutes to play, Piedra Vista mounted a comeback.
Led by senior captains Troy Dixon and Isaiah Valdez, the Panthers (2-0) rallied to defeat the Miyamura Patriots 66-55 at home on Tuesday night.
"Our two leaders combined to get us back in it," said PV head coach Adam Huff. "Valdez did it with emotional stuff, playing hard and battling underneath. Dixon knocked down a bunch of shots in the fourth quarter, including three of his six 3's. The young guys followed suit."
Dixon led the team with 24 points while Valdez chipped in 17. They were the only two Panthers in double-figures.
Huff said cranking up the team's pressure defense and forcing Miyamura turnovers late in the third and fourth quarters led the team to the win.
"We started pressing and picking up the tempo and went from there," he said. "Turning them over was key to us getting back in it in that third quarter."
Piedra Vista has a big weekend ahead with preseason No. 1-ranked Albuquerque Academy coming to town on Friday and top-10 Moriarty on Saturday.
"Academy may not have played up to its No. 1 ranking against Gallup in their opener, but they beat Sandia (Tuesday) and definitely did in that game," Huff said. "It is a big weekend for sure."
Aztec 65, San Juan 63, OT
The Tigers and San Juan High of Blanding, Utah, went toe-to-toe for 32 minutes, and that wasn't enough time.
Aztec and San Juan played into overtime on Tuesday night at Lillywhite Gymnasium in Aztec. In the end, the Tigers (1-1) were able to hold off San Juan (0-2) 65-63 to pick up their first win of the season.
Eli King had 27 points in the game to lead Aztec to victory. Of those points, 21 came from behind the 3-point line.