FARMINGTON — The Farmington Scorpions' strong start to 2014 continued Tuesday night.
Farmington (8-9) defeated the Bloomfield Bobcats (3-11) at home 58-37 behind Max Piñon's 12 points. Alex Whiteley added another 11 points in the win as 10 of the 11 Scorps scored in the game.
"We are just playing good basketball right now. We are getting better and better as a team," Corley said. "Defensively, we are trying to hold teams under 40, so we are pleased with this game."
Kyle Reynolds scored eight more points in the win for FHS. Corley said his team is finding a balance on offense.
"Whiteley is really a super point guard for us. Reynolds has great leadership and can knock down big 3s. Everybody is playing really well," Corley said.
Adriano Stevenson led Bloomfield with nine points.
"Farmington is what we expected as far as them being a physical team. They are a lot quicker than I thought they were, though," said Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning.
Manning said his team got open looks under the basket but simply couldn't convert.
"We got open looks. Their shots just weren't falling. We got two feet away from the basket and missed wide open shots. It's not like we didn't have chances to score," he said.
Bloomfield heads to the Hope Christian tournament beginning on Thursday. They will open the tournament against Socorro.
The Scorpions will host Del Norte on Friday night before hosting St. Pius X on Saturday in a rematch of the Gallup Invite title game from last weekend.
"We are one possession away from winning our last seven games, and we get another chance to see St. Pius on Saturday. We are in the middle of the pack in 4A, but we are working toward peaking at the right time," Corley said. "We are putting together a nice pre-district run. I am excited for the kids and FHS basketball."
Los Lunas 66, Piedra Vista 33
Piedra Vista hung tough with the defending state champions for one half on Tuesday, but the second half was a different story.
The PV Panthers (9-7) fell on the road at Los Lunas (9-4). The Panthers trailed just 30-22 at halftime, but the Tigers routed the Panthers in the second half to take a 66-33 win.
"We have seen better days," said PV head coach Adam Huff. "They executed, and we didn't. We played hard and matched their intensity, but we had a lot of turnovers, and they got out and ran on us."
Jacob Holland scored 31 points for Los Lunas in the win.
"He is a good player. He knocked down some early 3s and forced us out on him. We really didn't do a good enough job of team defense," Huff said. "He finished with nine 2-point baskets, and I bet all of those were layups."
Troy Dixon was the leading scorer for PV. He finished with eight points.
"We were trigger happy and didn't get the ball inside where we thought we had an advantage," Huff said. "Nothing was really falling. We only scored three points in the third quarter."
PV will get back to work to prepare for a game Saturday at home against Gallup.
"That will be a good challenge. We have three games left before district. If we can go 3-0, we are still in the same position now as we were before this game. We are right in the middle of the pack in 4A," Huff said. "There are 12 teams with six or seven losses. We just have to get to work and put this loss behind us."
Aztec 65, Thoreau 59
Three players scored in double-figures as Aztec took another win on Tuesday night.
The Aztec Tigers (8-8) hit the road to face Thoreau (10-4). Juwan Charley led Aztec with 19 points, and Troy Choman scored 18 more as the Tigers beat Thoreau 65-59.
"In the fourth, Thoreau lit it up and just fired it up. They hit five 3s and that closed that gap, but it was never close," said Aztec head coach Tony DiNallo. "We led by 18 going into the fourth quarter. It was a good road win."
Alvin Harvey scored 15 more points for Aztec in the victory.
DiNallo is pleased with the team's recent success and credited it to getting more practice time over the holiday break.
"We've got to have the guys in the gym and have some practice. We have a whole bunch of new guys," DiNallo said. "I like the way we're playing right now."
Aztec is back in action at home on Friday against Mancos, Colo.
"We just want to continue to develop. We only had two of these kids play together last year. They're starting to play together, and we're getting polished," DiNallo said.John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.