The New Mexico Activities Association State Basketball Tournament has begun. Follow the USA Today Network New Mexico sports reporters as they give you updates on each game.
Class 1A Boys: No. 2 Fort Sumner 69, No. 7 New Mexico School for the Deaf 36
The Fort Sumner Foxes spent nearly 30 minutes with the lead. NMSD's last led by two points with 7:02 left in the second quarter.
Noah Maxwell led the Foxes with 19 points. Jude Segura added 17 and Cory Terrell had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
NMSD was led by Bruce Brewer's 13 points. Deven Thompson had a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists.
The Foxes play Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center at 1:15 p.m.
Class 3A Boys: No. 4 Santa Fe Indian 49, No. 5 Cuba 47
It was a back-and-forth affair all game between the Warriors and Rams. Neither team led by more than five points.
James Bridges scored 22 for Santa Fe Indian and Jaden Aguino scored 13.
Deangelo Herrera scored 12 for Cuba.
Santa Fe Indian faces No. 1 St. Michael's on Friday at The Pit at 1:15 p.m.
Class 4A Boys: No. 12 Del Norte 55, No. 4 Gallup 49
Del Norte pulled off an upset at the Pit after jumping out to a 27-16 lead to end the first half.
Jordan Neilsen led Del Norte with 16 points.
Joaquin Ortega scored 13 for Gallup and Quincy Smith added 12.
Del Norte play again Friday at 6:30 p.m. at The Pit against No. 1 Los Lunas.
Class 1A Girls: No. 1 Melrose 73, No. 8 Cimarron 33
Melrose dominated Cimmarron from start to finish, outscoring their opponents 17-9 in the first quarter and 21-7 in the second half.
Melrose was led by Nataley Mondragon's 23 points and Shannon May added 12.
Cimmarron's Angel Gonzales led her team with 12 points.
Melrose plays in the semifinals on Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center at 3 p.m.
Class 5A Boys: No. 1 Volcano Vista 65, No. 8 Hobbs 60
Hobbs did not make it easy for Volcano Vista to advance to the semifinals. It took the efforts of four Volcano Vista players scoring in double figures to end Hobbs' season.
Cesar Madrid led the Way for Volcano Vista with 14 points. Dion Battle and Jalontae Gray each added 12 and Jake Deatherage scored 11.
Brundon Pettit scored 14 for Hobbs and Jalen Goar added 13 points.
Volcano Vista returns to The Pit Thursday to face the Santa Fe Demons at 4:45.
Class 1A Boys: No. 1 Quemado 59, No. 8 Gateway Christian 45
Quemado needed just 19 seconds to score first and never gave up the lead.
AJ Lackey led Quemado with 27 points and seven rebounds. DJ Mathis added 13 points and Kenneth Atwood scored 11.
Joe Waide led Gateway with 18 points. Jayden Stephens added 13 points.
Quemado will play Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center at 4:45 p.m.
Class 3A Boys: No. 1 St. Michael's 74, No. 8 West Las Vegas 34
The St. Michael's Horsemen showed why they are worthy of the top ranking in Class 3A with a 40-point blowout against the West Las Vegas Dons.
The Horsemen led for all but one minute of the game. St. Michael's jumped out to a 16-6 lead to end the first quarter and added to its lead in every quarter.
St. Michael's was led by Hayden Lee's 15 points and Jevon Montoya added 11. A total of 11 Horsemen scored in the game.
West Las Vegas was led by DJ Bryon's 13 points.
St. Michael's advances to the semifinals on Friday at the Pit with a 1:15 p.m. start.
Class 4A Boys: No. 7 Valley 61, No. 2 Hope Christian 57
Hope Christian's streak of consecutive state titles was put to an end Wednesday when the Valley Vikings used a big second quarter to top the Huskies, 61-57.
Valley was led by Derick Chavez who had 18 points. Seyi Oyeku added 15, Adam Giron scored 11 and Jevon Baker put up 10 points.
Hope was led by Collin Evans and Grant Ulibarri who both scored 16 points.
Valley will face Silver on Thursday at 3 p.m. in The Pit.
Class 2A Boys: No. 3 Newcomb 55, No. 6 McCurdy 41
Bitsilly steals for a putback to give the Skyhawks a 53-41 lead. They win, 55-41.
McCurdy cuts the lead to 47-38 with 2:12 left, but it doesn't seem like the Skyhawks are worried.
McCurdy keeps pace with Holcomb, but a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Deontay Begay gives the Skyhawks a 42-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Bitsilly leads the Skyhawks with 15 points at the half. Ernesto Martinez leads McCurdy with 5 points.
Shannon Bitsilly continues to lead Holcomb. Another layup and then two more free throws puts the Skyhawks up 23-11 with 1:36 left.
Shannon Bitsilly comes up big for the Skyhawks again. He steal a pass at midcourt, gets the fastbreak layup and the and-one to put Holcmb up 19-11 with 2:45 left.
Skyhawks can't make a basket now. 4:12 left in half and Newcomb leads, 16-10.
3.5 seconds left in the first quarter when McCurdy fouls Newcomb's Shannon Bitsilly attempting a buzzer-beater. Bitsilly drains all three free throws and Newcomb leads, 15-7.
Make that a 6-0 run. McCurdy finally gets on the board with a corner-3 with 5 minutes left.
The Skyhawks jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first two minutes. Even with McCurdy's size advantage the Skyhawks aren't bothered
Class A Girls: No. 3 Logan 54, No. 6 Quemado 54
A close game throughout, Logan did enough in the first three quarters so when Quemado led by 5 points with 4:11 left in the game, the girls were able to recover.
Harli Roach led Logan with 26 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Quemado had three scorers in double figures: Samantha Bryant (14), Angela Lacky (12) and Siera Green (11).
Logan returns to the Santa Ana Star Center Thursday for an 11:30 a.m. game.
Class 2A Boys: No. 1 Pecos 57, No. 8 Magdalena 45
A back-and-forth affair, Pecos and Magdalena traded the lead nine times before Pecos pulled ahead in the second half, outscoring Magdalena 33-20 to end the game.
Magdalena was led by Kyle Julian's 14 points. Jaxson Mirabal added 12 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double and Joren Mirabal scored 10.
Pecos was led by Xavier Padilla's 19 points and nine rebounds. Omar Dominguez added 18 points.
Pecos advances to play on Friday at The Pit
Class A Boys: No. 5 Melrose 77, No. 4 Logan 69
The Buffaloes jumped out to a 20-11 lead after the first quarter and continued to add to its lead in the third quarter. Logan outscored Melrose 23-18 in the fourth quarter, but it was too much of a deficit to overcome.
Melrose was led by Tristan Sena's 26 points and his 10 rebounds. Devon Bailey added 21 and Dylan Valentine scored 10 points.
Logan was led by Dupon Day's 30 points. Dante Sanchez added 11 and Kyle Knight scored 10 points. Melrose plays tomorrow at the Santa Ana Star Center at 4:45 p.m.
5A Boys: No. 7 Cleveland 84, No. 15 Onate 52
Cleveland continues to add to its lead with a 22-2 run in the quarter.
Oñate was led by Ricky Lujan's 15 points. Jordy Moreno added 11 and pulled down 16 rebounds for a double-double. Derek Silva scored nine points. Damione Thomas scored six. Anjel Oliver scored four. Joshua Phillips scored three. Erick Meraz and Javan Hollins each scored two points.
Cleveland was led by Aamer Muhammad and Josh Tarry. Both men scored 18 points. Cleveland had four players in double-figures.
Both teams keep pace. Cleveland hits a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to take a 59-43 lead at the end of the quarter. Josh Tarry has 18 and Aamer Muhammad has 11 points for Cleveland. Onate is led by Ricky Lujan's 15 points and Jordy Moreno has 11.
Cleveland leads, 43-26. Storm outscored Onate 24-7 in the quarter. Both Josh Tarry and Nathan Hasberry have 10 points for Cleveland. Ricky Lujan has 11 for the Knights.
After a first quarter which was tied at 19, Cleveland went on a 15-2 run in the first four minutes of the second half to take a comfortable lead.
After 1 quarter Cleveland's Josh Tarry has 7 points. Ricky Lujan leads Onate with 7 points.
Class 1A Girls: No. 5 Cliff 51, No. 4 Pine Hill 40
Pine Hill may have led for 21:26 of the game, but Cliff led when it mattered the most. Cliff scored 24 points off second-chance opportunities compared to just 2 points for Pine Hill.
Cliff had two players with double-digit scoring: Kristen Hom (18) and Jamie Jenkins. Both girls collected 13 rebounds.
Pine Hill's lone scorer in double figures was Cheyanne Harrison with 10.
Cliff plays tomorrow at the Santa Ana Star Center at 3 p.m.
2A Boys: No. 4 Texico 69, No. 5 Mora 58
The Texico Wolverines led for all but 29 seconds of the game before they scored their first points. Mora was never able to tie or take the lead.
Texico was led by Dalton Thatcher's 33 points. Skyler Davis added 12 and had 9 rebounds.
Mora was led by Roderick Martinez who scored 19. Jerome Pacheco added 15.
Texico will play on Friday at the Pit at 8 a.m.
4A Boys: No. 1 Los Lunas 66, No. 9 Taos 46
Los Lunas pulls away at the end. Four Los Lunas players finished in double figures: Darius Haywood (18), Joseph Dominguez (12), AJ Garcia (11) and Bryce Santana (10). Garcia had 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Taos was led by Abdul Khweis who had 18 points. No other Taos player had double figures. Derreck Chacon and Justin Madrid each scored 9 points.
Los Lunas advances to play tomorrow at the Pit at 6:30 p.m.
Los Lunas gets a double-digit lead to enter the fourth quarter leading 47-31.
Los Lunas gains a little ground and leads 35-24. Darius Haywood leads Los Lunas with 11. Abdul Khweis leads Taos with 11 points.
Los Lunas jumps out to a 11-2 lead before Taos settles down. After one quarter Los Lunas leads, 18-10.
3A Boys: No. 2 Sandia Prep 53, No. 10 Dexter 41
In a battle of two demonic teams, the Sandia Prep Sundevils got the better of the Dexter Demons with a 21-11 fourth quarter to close out the game.
Sandia Prep did most of its damage in the paint with 34 points scored. Max Feit led the Sundevils with 16 points. Sam Henderson scored 12 and Nathan Nguyen added 10. David Gelb had 12 rebounds and Atlee Gaddis pulled down 10 boards himself.
Dexter's lone double-figure scorer was Jaime Chavira, who finished with 15 points.
Sandia Prep will play Friday at The Pit at 9:45 a.m.
1A Boys: No. 3 Maxwell 61, No. 6 Tatum 33
Maxwell allowed Tatum a one-point lead at the start of the game and then lead the rest of the way. Maxwell closed out the game with a 17-point run late in the fourth quarter.
Maxwell was led by Kolten Riggs and Jeremy Archuleta, who each had 20 points. Kaden Riggs added 12. Both Riggs' had double-digit rebounds. Kaden Riggs had 21 while Kolten Riggs had 15.
Tatum was led by Christian Narizcal's 12 points. Kivan Cardenas added 10 and had 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Maxwell plays in the semifinals tomorrow at the Santa Ana Star Center at 1:15 p.m.
2A Boys: No. 7 Mesilla Valley 45, No. 2 Santa Rosa 39
An early upset of the day, Mesilla Valley spent nearly 21 minutes of the game with the lead, compared to Santa Rosa's 10 minutes with the lead.
Mesilla Valley was led by the 1-2 punch of Michael Johnson and Noah Coyle, who finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Nolan Nunley added 10 points.
Santa Rosa was led by Joaquin Romo's 15 points and Martin Madrid added 10.
Mesilla Valley will play Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Pit.
1A Girls: No. 2 Tatum 45, No. 7 Animas 35
A 9-0 run in the second quarter by Tatum earned them a trip to the semifinals.
Celeste Jimenez led Tatum with 25 points, going 7-for-14 from the field and 8-for-13 from the free throw line. Teammates Taylor Graham and Abigail Duran each added 7 points.
Animas was led by Naomi Kimble's 10 points. Brenda Elias and Addy Offutt each added 7 points.
Tatum will play tomorrow at 11:30 at the Santa Ana Star Center.
No. 5 Santa Fe 64, No. 4 Eldorado 56
Once again, both teams keep the same pace and Eldorado can't close the gap.
Santa Fe had three scorers in double figurs: Antonio Lovato (18), Carlos Dassaro (15) and Christian Kavanaugh (11).
Eldorado was led by Tyler Quintana's 26 points. Garrett Warren added 16.
Santa Fe returns to The Pit tomorrow for a 4:45 game.
Not much has changed. Eldorado has taken one point off Santa Fe's lead, but the Demons still lead, 47-41 with one quarter to go.
Santa Fe is doing a good job of keeping the Eagles at bay. At halftime the Demons are ahead, 37-30.
4A Boys: No. 3 Silver 54, No. 6 Goddard 50
A close game throughout with both teams leading in scoring in quarters, Silver did enough to advance and end Goddard's season.
Silver's Tristan Moore led all scorers with 27 points and Jonathan Harris added 11. Harris also had 17 rebounds for a double-double.
Goddard was led by Jon Carrillo's 15 points. Derek Carrica added 10. Goddard had 9 total blocks and 10 steals, but 11 turnovers.
Silver advances to the semifinals on Friday.
Matthew Asher can be reached at 575-628-5524, Masher@currentargus.com or @Caveman_Masher on Twitter.