Bloomfield comes up short against Pojoaque Valley

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FARMINGTON – The Farmington boys basketball team has been rolling at the Wingate Holiday Tournament this weekend, and the Scorpions didn't slow down at all against Miyamura on Friday.

The Scorpions got off to a 27-9 start and kept their focus from there, winning the game easily by a final of 77-44 over the Patriots (4-4).

Farmington has been forcing turnovers and turning them into easy transition points at the Wingate tourney. That's how the Scorps routed Hot Springs on Thursday and how they got it done Friday against Miyamura.

"Our press was just tough. (The Patriots) had a hard time handling it," Farmington coach Paul Corley said. "The kids understood the importance of playing a district foe, and they just came out and brought it tonight."

Sol Rascon came off the bench to lead Farmington in scoring for the second straight night with 16 points.

The Scorps will try to take home the tourney title against Wingate today at 4:30 p.m.

Pojoaque Valley 41, Bloomfield 34

Bloomfield got into a defensive-minded, grind-it-out-type battle with Pojoaque Valley on Friday, and it didn't do enough in the fourth quarter to prevail.

The visiting Bobcats never led in the second half and fell 41-34 in the second round of the Ben Lujan Invitational at Pojoaque.

It was a battle of one-loss teams coming in, so Bloomfield coach Devon Manning knew his team would be in for a fight.

"It was ugly, but I think the teams kind of made each other look ugly," Manning said. "Sometimes, whoever makes more simple plays wins, and they made more simple plays tonight."

A Pojoaque Valley score, a quick turnover and a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer turned a 2-point Bloomfield deficit into a 7-point one by the break.

Manning's team never clawed its way back to take the lead in the second half, but he said the effort was there.

"We cut it to 4 points with a minute to go, but they hit their free throws late to kind of seal it off," he said. "These kids played their hearts out."

Brendon Charley had 9 points for the Bobcats, who play Laguna Acoma for third place in the tournament at 4 p.m. today.

Piedra Vista 78, Thoreau 22

After blowing a fourth-quarter lead and losing by 9 to Gallup on Thursday, Piedra Vista coach Adam Huff said his team was “mentally soft” and said the Panthers had a lot to prove Friday.

PV (6-3) answered his call in a big way by crushing Thoreau 78-22 in Grants on the second day of the Eddie Peña Tournament.

All 11 Panthers scored field goals in the blowout. Senior Keegan Acosta registered 24 points to lead all scorers.

“They bounced back and did exactly what I wanted them to do,” Huff said. “We kind of raced out to a lead; it was 25-6 after the first quarter. We didn’t get complacent, which was nice.”

The Panthers outscored Thoreau (4-4) by at least 10 points in every quarter. Now PV will play Cliff (6-1) at 11 a.m. today on the final day of the tourney.

Gallup 74, Shiprock 34

The effort was there for the Chieftains on Friday, but they were overmatched by a streaking Gallup team.

Gallup (6-3) executed consistently in the second half to crush Shiprock (2-5) by a final of 74-34 on Friday at the Eddie Peña Tournament in Grants.

"We expected them to just annihilate us from the very start, and that didn't happen," Shiprock coach Chester Atcitty said. "We matched them pretty well. Had our opportunities, we missed those under pressure. And that third quarter continues to haunt us."

The Tigers led 28-18 at halftime before blowing Shiprock out of the gym over the final two periods.

Andre Joe found his offense in the game with 18 points.

The Chieftains will take on Thoreau at 12:45 p.m. today for fifth place.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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