Farmington flattens Moriarty 83-36
Scorps sting Moriarty from the free-throw line in second quarter
FARMINGTON – From start to finish on Friday night, the Farmington boys were clearly the best basketball team in the gym.
The Scorpions hopped out to an early 13-0 lead, which set the tone for what would be an 83-36 win over Moriarty at the Scorpion Gym in Farmington.
Farmington (1-1) got off to a hot start, thanks to center David Riley’s presence in the paint on both sides of the court. The 6-foot-7 junior scored nine points and blocked a pair of shots to help FHS take a 17-8 lead into the second quarter.
FHS coach Paul Corley said the Scorpions played too passively in their season-opening loss to Grants on Nov. 24. He wanted to make sure they got more aggressive on Friday.
“We really worked hard this week, especially with David,” Corley said. “You’re 6-7; you’re strong; go to the basket. And when he does that like he did tonight, it opens things up for everybody else.”
Late in the first quarter, the Pintos (1-2) began to chip away at the lead until the score was 17-14, but that’s when the Scorpions made a conscious effort to get to the free throw line.
Farmington shot 18 of 19 from the charity stripe in the second quarter — Tyren King and Nick Granger shot a combined 13-of-13 — and it led to a 53-27 halftime advantage.
“We spend a lot of time on our free throw shooting because we know in those close games, that’s really going to make the difference in those one- or two-point games,” Corley said. “I felt like Moriarty got tired tonight, and we continually attacked the basket. That’s when we got the fouls.”
Granger also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the second, where he scored 12 points. Diego Corley hit two triples in the 36-point quarter.
Farmington kept rolling after the break, when Berrett Bentley joined in on the scoring barrage with 6 quick points. Coach Corley then had the luxury of playing his reserves almost exclusively by the midway point of the third quarter.
“It’s good to get a big win like this because you can get your bench in, get them some meaningful floor time and do some stuff they can’t do in practice,” he said.
The Scorpions’ bench didn’t slack off defensively — Moriarty scored just one point in the fourth quarter.
Riley scored a team-high 16 points, and Granger picked up 13.
Farmington will have a quick turnaround when it hosts Albuquerque Academyat 3 p.m. today. Corley said his team just has to keep playing the way it did on Friday, and it’ll be fine.
“We’re just going to have to come in and play Scorpion basketball,” Corley said. “We’ll continue to work on our tough defense and continue to work on our solid offense, because that’s kind of what did it tonight.”