Piedra Vista falls apart late against Gallup
Bloomfield, Farmington boys dominate in tourneys
FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista boys basketball team hung tight with Gallup for more than three quarters on Thursday night before falling apart late and losing 51-42 in Grants.
On the first day of the Eddie Peña Tournament, the Panthers (5-3) went into both the second quarter and halftime tied, despite turning the ball over 13 times in the first two quarters. PV even took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter before allowing Gallup (6-3) to go on an 18-4 run to close the game.
“We mentally became soft and couldn’t finish the game,” PV coach Adam Huff said.
Huff said his team played hard and with a lot of energy in the first three quarters to put itself in a good position to win the game.
“We got to our spots early and were doing some things right,” Huff said. “We were rebounding the ball well, and that always kind of keeps you in close games, even when you’re turning the ball over a lot.”
Jimmy Wood led the Panthers with 14 points.
PV plays another tough team in Thoreau (5-2) at 3:30 p.m. today on the second day of the three-day tournament.
Bloomfield 68, Socorro 40
The Bobcats blew by Socorro 68-40 in the first round of the Ben Lujan Invitational in Pojoaque on Thursday, using a 21-3 first quarter to put the game out of reach early.
Four players scored in double figures for Bloomfield (6-1), which built a hefty first-half lead before resting on it a little too much in the second half, according to coach Devon Manning.
“The first half we played a really good game. The second half was pretty sloppy,” Manning said. “We got content with the big lead. Some of the turnovers we were making we thought were OK because we had the big lead.”
The Bobcats play Pojoaque Valley (5-1) today on the second day of the three-day tourney.
Cliff 48, Shiprock 29
The opening day of the Eddie Peña Tournament in Grants was one to forget for Shiprock.
Holt Shelley, 1A Cliff’s 6-foot-8 starting center, gave the Chieftains fits on Thursday as the Cowboys rolled to a 48-29 win.
Shelley scored a game-high 23 points for Cliff (6-1). Shiprock coach Chester Atcitty said his size made him tough to contain.
“He did an excellent job down low, and they just kept feeding him and feeding him” Atcitty said. “It was too easy.”
The offense for Shiprock (2-4) had one of its poorest outings of the young season on Thursday with a 19 percent field goal shooting percentage.
The Chieftains will try to shake off the rough first outing when they square off with 6-3 Gallup at 5:15 p.m. today.
Farmington 76, Hot Springs 53
Every player on the Farmington roster scored a field goal on Thursday as the Scorpions routed Hot Springs 76-53 in the first round of the Wingate Holiday Classic.
FHS (6-2) exploded in the second quarter, outscoring Hot Springs (0-6) 33-7.
“Our press really kicked in and caused a lot of turnovers, which resulted in a lot of high-percentage shots for us,” Farmington coach Paul Corley said of his team’s play in the second quarter.
Sol Rascon scored 13 points to lead all Scorpion scorers. Diego Corley chipped in with 11, Tyren King had 9 and Clayton Corley had 8.
“Overall, it was a fun game cause all the kids got to play and crack that old scorebook,” coach Corley said.
The Scorpions have now won six of their last seven games. They’ll tangle with division foe Miyamura (4-3) today in the second round of the tourney.
Gallup 69, Navajo Prep 38
The Lady Eagles knew going into Thursday’s road contest with unbeaten Gallup that they would have their hands full, but all things considered, coach Rainy Crisp was happy with her team’s effort.
Gallup moved to 10-0 by besting Navajo Prep (4-4) 69-38 in Gallup.
Prep’s stingy defense kept the score reasonably close through the first half, as the Lady Tigers took a 35-22 lead into the locker room.
“Our goal was to keep their big girl, Ni’asia McIntosh off the board,” Navajo Prep coach Rainy Crisp said. “We did an OK job at that. She’s one of those great players that’s always going to get her points.”
Jazmin Benally led the Lady Eagles with 11 points.
Prep takes on Cortez, Colo. — another undefeated team — at home tonight. Crisp said the tough early-season games will only make her team stronger later in the year.
“It’s great for us to have this tough schedule,” she said. “Once we get to district, we’re definitely going to be ready.”
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.