FARMINGTON – The Farmington boys basketball team caught fire from beyond the arc and pulled away from Kirtland Central in the second half for a 72-53 win at Scorpion Gym Tuesday night.
Sparking the Scorps in the third quarter was senior guard Diego Corley, who hit two quick 3-pointers to help boost Farmington’s offense.
“When you look at him, he’s short and small, and a lot of people think they don’t have to guard him, but if you give him any kind of space, he’s going to hits 3s on you,” Farmington head coach Paul Corley said of Diego Corley, who scored all 15 of his points on 3-point shots. “He knows his job, and he’s a shooter. And the other kids know that good ball movement, a couple extra passes, we’ll be able to find him. When he’s set, he’s one of the purest shooters in the district.”
In the first half, both teams locked down on defense. Neither side could get much going on the offensive end with the solid defensive play, and Farmington held a 23-16 lead at the break.
“I thought both teams played very good defense in the first half, and that was kind of reflective in the low score,” Corley said.
Behind the Scorps' 3-point shooting — they made five 3-pointers in the third quarter — and more solid defense, Farmington opened a 42-30 lead at the end of the fourth quarter.
While Farmington got its offense going in the second half, KC continued to struggle against Farmington’s defense and committed numerous mental errors to help the Scorps build their lead.
“I think a lot of it is, there were some guys who were defeated,” KC head coach Brian Dowdy said the his team’s struggles. “I think there were some guys who were pouting a little bit, but when they got their chance, they didn’t produce. I’m just looking for the guys who want to work right now.”
KC (4-11) will play at Grants on Thursday.
Farmington (12-2) will host Highland on Thursday.
Bloomfield 55, Aztec 38
Bloomfield lacked intensity at times, but in the end the Bobcats fought off Aztec for a 55-38 win on Tuesday at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.
“We started out with a really good first quarter, but after that it seemed like we were coasting,” Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning said. “Aztec played tough, but I think we settled a little in the second quarter and let them back in it.”
Bloomfield held a 27-20 lead at halftime, and picked the intensity back up in the second half to earn the win.
Malachi Pablo led Bloomfield with 24 points.
Aztec (1-12) will play at Bernalillo (7-7) on Friday.
Bloomfield (7-5) will play West Las Vegas (11-2) in the first round of the Hope Christian tourney on Thursday in Albuquerque.
Durango, Colo., 72, Piedra Vista 55
Piedra Vista didn’t have much energy in the second half, and the Panthers let Durango, Colo., pull away in the second half for a 72-55 win Tuesday in Durango.
“They had four guys score in double figures, and that’s tough to beat,” PV head coach Adam Huff said. “We didn’t have much energy when we came out in the second half either. We actually led by 2 (points) at halftime, and they hit a 3-pointer to start the third quarter, and you could see us go down from there.”
Keegan Acosta led PV with 15 points. Jarrett Graham and Jimmy Wood scored 13 and 11 points each.
PV will play at Rio Rancho on Saturday.
Huff said he wants to see more consistency out of the Panthers during practice.
“Our practices have been up and down, and that’s how we’ve been playing,” Huff said. “We need more consistency in practices.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.