RIO RANCHO – The Farmington boys basketball team finished off an 8-0 record in District 1-5A play Friday night, but it took everything the Scorps had.
After trailing rival Piedra Vista for most of the second half, Farmington rallied to force overtime, then two more overtime periods before picking up a 95-91 victory at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.
“It was just a classic basketball game between two rival schools,” FHS head coach Paul Corley said.
The Panthers (13-12, 3-5 District 1-5A) led 38-35 at halftime and pushed their lead to 54-46 heading to the fourth quarter.
PV maintained its lead through the first part of the final quarter, but the Scorps (24-4, 8-0) held the Panthers to 2 points in the final 3:54 to tie the game at 66 and send it to overtime.
“PV had control of the game and really played a great game,” Corley said. “We called a timeout (with four minutes remaining in regulation), and the guys said ‘We’re not going to lose tonight.’”
Neither side did much offensively in the first overtime, scoring 4 points each to force the second extra stanza.
In the second OT, the offenses picked up, and the game went to the final overtime tied at 84.
In the final overtime, Corley said the Farmington fans made the difference, providing the Scorps with a needed energy boost.
“They were our sixth man, especially late in those overtimes. They really gave us some energy,” he said.
The Farmington faithful also proved to be a problem for the Panthers down the stretch.
“We missed a couple huge free throws and stopped attacking. And there was a loud crowd tonight, and that makes it a little difficult,” PV head coach Adam Huff said.
Five Scorps finished the game with double-digit scoring. Nick Granger led the way with 23 points. Tyren King added 15, David Riley scored 13, Diego Corley finished with 11 and Berrett Bentley chipped in 10.
Jarrett Graham led PV with 31 points and Keegan Acosta added 21. Cody Harvey and Jimmy Wood added 10 points each for the Panthers.
With the No. 1 seed in the district tournament, the Scorps earned a bye into the tournament’s championship game next week. Their opponent is yet to be determined.
PV will face the winner of Miyamura and Aztec in the tournament next week.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.