Scorps come away with overtime win over Belen
Bloomfield boys lose in OT, Farmington girls falter in fourth after long layoff
FARMINGTON – A thrilling overtime victory over Belen on Saturday made it five straight wins for the Farmington boys basketball team.
Just like Wingate did against the Scorpions on Dec. 19, the Eagles (5-3) missed a shot on their last possession in regulation, one that would have won the game had it gone in. Instead, Farmington outplayed the hosts in overtime to score the 46-40 win in Belen.
The Scorpions sit atop District 1-5A with a 10-2 record. They've lost only once since falling to Grants by 23 points in the season opener.
FHS fought back from a 22-19 halftime deficit behind its defense and Clayton Corley's team-high 15 points.
"It was another one of those grind-it-out type games," FHS coach Paul Corley said. "A real defensive game on both sides."
The Scorps scored 4 points in the blink of an eye in overtime, and could have won by even more had they not missed six free throws in the extra period.
Still, Corley's team is proving it knows how to close out tight games.
"That's kind of becoming our identity, learning how to win close games," the coach said. "Different kids stepping up and making a free throw here or getting a stop on defense there has been the story this year."
Farmington also beat Mesilla Valley (2-4) on Friday 66-26. Clayton Corley led the team in points in that game as well with 16.
Piedra Vista 65, Mesilla Valley 49
Piedra Vista traveled to Belen to play the same two teams Farmington did over the weekend.
The Panthers went 1-1, losing 58-49 to Belen on Friday, before ending the trip on a high note with a 65-49 win over Mesilla Valley on Saturday afternoon.
They may have split the two games, but PV coach Adam Huff wasn't happy with the Panthers' energy level in either contest.
"Belen's two good quarters were better than our two quarters on Friday, so I kind of challenged the guys to play a complete game (on Saturday)," Huff said. "But we had no intensity on defense. Finally, something clicked in the fourth to where we kind of went off."
Jimmy Wood scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half to keep Piedra Vista (8-4) in the game.
Mesilla Valley's eight 3-pointers were a major reason PV had a hard time breaking the game open. But the Panthers finally did just that in the fourth, going on a 21-8 run to close it out.
Jarrett Graham scored 19 points on Saturday. Keegan Acosta led on Friday with 18 for the Panthers, who visit Bloomfield (6-4) on Tuesday.
Pagosa Springs, Colo., 54, Bloomfield 49
The Bobcats were too inconsistent to come away with a win on Saturday afternoon.
Malachi Pablo hit a 3-pointer with one second left in regulation against Pagosa Springs, Colo., to force overtime for the Bobcats, but they were outplayed in the OT session and lost 54-49.
Bloomfield coach Devon Manning said his team didn't want to win as badly as the Pirates (5-2) did.
"Essentially, it just came down to hustle and focus," he said. "(Pagosa Springs) went after every loose ball while we were standing."
Manning said "simple, elementary mistakes," made it so his team could never expand on multiple 5 and 6-point leads in the first half.
The Bobcats will try to put forth a better effort against Piedra Vista on Tuesday at home.
Española Valley 59, Farmington 48
Free-throw shooting was the story of the game for the Lady Scorpions on Saturday, and it was also their downfall.
Farmington went 15 for 29 from the charity stripe, while Española Valley (11-2) went 23-for-27 en route to the 59-48 home win over the Lady Scorps.
"We were down by one in the fourth quarter, then we scored 5 and they scored 15," FHS coach Danny Secrest said. "We actually only hit one bucket in the fourth, and everything else was free throws."
Secrest said he thought the Lady Scorps (3-5) played well, considering they were coming off a 17-day layoff.
"We played really good defense. I thought we played pretty well overall," he said. "I think the girls were kind of excited to play again, it just came down to free throws in the fourth."
Farmington hosts Navajo Prep (4-5) on Tuesday.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.