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FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield boys basketball team slipped up late and dropped its season opener today at the Henry Sanchez tournament in Bernalillo.

The Bobcats led Alamogordo most of the game and were tied at 53 with a little less than four minutes to play in the fourth quarter when their shooting went cold, allowing the Tigers to build a lead and hold on for a 62-58 victory.

“We led for the first three quarters, and they took the lead right at the end of the third quarter,” Bloomfield coach Randy Crockett said. “We had to foul toward the end of the game and they were able to stretch it out on us a little bit, but the kids played really well.”

Bloomfield took a 12-6 lead after the first quarter and held on to a 33-28 advantage at halftime.

The Bobcats (0-1) kept the slight lead until the final minute of the third quarter when Alamogordo (1-2) pulled ahead 46-45.

Bloomfield relied heavily on its guards during the game. Crockett said the team’s four and five positions combined for just 11 points.

Adriano Stevenson, who missed last season with a knee injury, led Bloomfield with 17 points.

“He played really well. He didn’t show any signs of rust at all,” Crockett said of Stevenson. “He got a lot of help from Ty Padilla, we just had a few too many turnovers against their pressure and got ourselves in foul trouble.”

Padilla added 15, and Brandon Charley chipped in 8 points for the Bobcats.

Bloomfield will play the winner of Bernalillo and Socorro at 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

After not getting much offensive production out of its front court because of foul trouble against Alamogordo, Crockett said getting the Bobcats’ bigs going will be a focus for the team, regardless of who they play Saturday.

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

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