FARMINGTON — The parade to the free-throw stripe continued on Day 2 of the Marv Sanders Invitational.
A day after nine players fouled out in the final two games on Thursday, six more were added to the tally in the Kirtland Central and Gallup matchup as the Bengals (3-3) emerged with an 82-69 victory on Friday at Farmington High.
The national hand-check foul emphasis has been met with confusion from both coaches and players as teams try to adjust their defensive strategies to limit the foul calls.
"At the beginning of the year, we were told that it was hand-checking that they were going to clean up, which is fine. But a lot of those fouls weren't hand-check calls," said KCHS coach John Zecca. "They told us today that they're supposed to clean up the roughness, but I didn't see a whole lot of roughness."
A total of 64 fouls were whistled in the game, including 37 on the Broncos (3-3).
Four of the five KCHS starters fouled out in the game, with only Bud Willie avoiding five fouls.
"I was talking with coach (Domonic) Romero after the game and were thinking we need to get ahold of the NMAA," Zecca said. "It's not why we lost the game, but something needs to be done."
This is the second time in two days Gallup has been involved in such a contest.
In Thursday's matchup, the Bengals and Piedra Vista had six players foul out as the teams combined to shoot 89 free throws in the Panthers' win.
"This is two games like this, and I don't think it's fun for anyone," Zecca said. "(The referees) said they don't like it either."
Gallup and KCHS also combined for 89 free-throw attempts with the Bengals knocking down 39-of-55 at the line to win.
Tyler John scored 18 points to lead the Bengals, who had four players in double-figures.
Christian Mackey led KCHS with 33 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
Kirtland opened up an 11-point lead in the second quarter, but Gallup made a run and took a six-point lead into halftime. The Bengals remained ahead for the remainder of the contest.
"Gallup took advantage of our mistakes and got after us," Zecca said.
KCHS will face Farmington today, and Gallup plays Fabens, Texas.
Fabens, Texas, 79, Farmington 66
Armando Moreno had the night of his life for Fabens (3-9) against the host Scorpions.
The Wildcat guard dropped a career-high 50 points as the Texas 3A school advanced past Farmington High on Friday.
"They were screening for him. We told our kids to switch on the screens, and we weren't switching. Both guys would go with the screen," said FHS head coach Paul Corley.
Moreno said his previous high was 40 points.
Moreno hit 17-of-29 from the field, including 9-of-18 from 3-point range in the win.
"My point guard drove in and drew their attention, making it easy for me to score. He's playing like an all-star," Moreno said of Edgar Archuleta, who scored 16 points in the win.
Brennan Weisenberger led FHS with 12 points in the loss.
Victor Lopez and Keenan Francis chipped in 10 apiece for the Scorps (1-5).
"We came out flat and not ready to play," Corley said. "I've been seeing that trend the last couple of games."
Montwood, Texas, 56, Piedra Vista 51
The Rams will get the chance for their ninth-straight Marv Sanders Invitational title.
The 5A school from El Paso, Texas, was able to hold Piedra Vista without a point for six and a half minutes in the third quarter on its way to a five-point win.
Albert Bordier scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the first half for the Rams.
Alonzo Araiza led PV with 14, and Troy Dixon and Sterlin Begaye each added 12 in the loss.
The Rams built a 10-point lead late in the second quarter, but PV (4-2) fought back with a 10-0 run in the final two minutes after Bordier went to the bench with his third foul to send the game to halftime tied at 33.
The Montwood defense took over in the second half, holding PV to 7-of-19 shooting to escape with the victory.
Montwood (9-4) advances to face Cleveland for the championship. PV will play Shiprock for third place.
Cleveland 71, Shiprock 26
Cleveland controlled the game from the opening tap to get a blowout victory against the Chieftains.
The Storm's Ryan Jones set the tone for the win with a dunk in the opening minutes on his way to a game-high 20 points.
Jacob Earnest scored 15, and Marcus Williams added 13 in the Cleveland (3-1) win.
No Shiprock players broke double figures in the loss. Justin Begay led the Chieftains with nine points.
Cleveland opened the game on a 10-0 run, then used a 12-0 run at the start of the second quarter to push its lead to 20.
Shiprock (4-4) will continue the tournament today versus Piedra Vista, and Cleveland will face Montwood for the title.