Farmington runs past Aztec 85-50

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Farmington boys basketball team didn’t have its best performance of the season, but it was still good enough for an 85-50 win over Aztec Tuesday night at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.


“Aztec is really scrappy, and we played a little sloppy. We weren’t as efficient as I would have liked,” Farmington head coach Paul Corley said. “I think it’s tough to play someone the second time when you played them pretty easy the first time. We know we have a target on our backs, and we’re going to get everyone’s best, and that’s something we’ve been talking to the boys about.”

Farmington (20-3, 6-0 District 1-5A) beat Aztec 78-31 in Farmington on Jan. 22.

Ten players scored for the Scorps, with four finishing in double digits. Nick Granger led the way with 16 points, followed by David Riley and Sol Rascon with 14 each, and Berrett Bentley added 13.

Farmington will travel to Albuquerque on Saturday to play 6A Sandia (10-9) in a nondistrict game.

“I don’t know a lot about them. I know they have a 6-foot-8 kid, who is going to be a good challenge for (Riley),” Corley said. “I think we match up well with them. It should be a good, tough game, especially with Gallup and PV coming up next week.”

Aztec (1-21, 0-6) will travel to Gallup on Saturday to take on the Bengals (18-5, 4-1).

Aztec head coach Jeremy Archuleta could not be reached for comment.

Gallup 63, Piedra Vista 54

Piedra Vista couldn’t find an answer to Gallup’s zone defense in the second half and fell 63-54 Tuesday night at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

“They played a zone against us in second half, and that really slowed us down,” PV head coach Adam Huff said. “We didn’t attack it very well. We passed it around the outside a lot, and it took us out of our rhythm.”

Gallup (18-5, 4-1) led by 9 points heading into the fourth quarter. PV (10-11, 2-4) managed to cut the deficit to 5 points on a couple of occasions, but was never able to take control of the game.

Jarrett Graham led PV with 19 points. Keegan Acosta added 12 in the loss.

PV will host Miyamura (8-14, 2-3) on Friday. The Patriots beat PV 56-48 in Gallup on Jan. 21.

“It’s a must win,” Huff said. “If we want to continue and have a chance at the playoffs. We need to protect home court, get a win and avenge that loss.”

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.