Setzer's big game helps Broncos win home opener
Farmington holds down Valencia; Piedra Vista can't hit easy shots in loss to Albuquerque High
- Navajo Prep blasted NACA to move into the fifth-place game of the Braves Invite in Santa Fe.
- Farmington's zone defense guided the Scorpions past Valencia at home.
- Piedra Vista lost to Albuquerque High by 21 points in PV's home opener.
FARMINGTON — Unselfish play was the calling card for the Kirtland Central basketball team during its 65-51 win over class 4A's Pojoaque Valley tonight at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.
Junior point guard Jariah Setzer led the way for KC (1-1) with 17 points and approximately 10 assists, according to Broncos coach Brian Dowdy. Setzer's nifty passing and willingness to spread the ball around rubbed off on the whole team, which got Pojoaque back for beating the Broncos by 22 points last year.
"We just shared the ball beautifully," Dowdy said. "There were so many transition points. I've been preaching that all year, if we can get the ball and get it up the floor and share it, they're just a fun team to watch."
The Broncos allowed the Elks (1-1) to go ahead 5-0 in the opening minutes of the game, but snatched the lead from the visitors shortly after and never trailed again.
Bryson Dowdy and Brock Beckstead contributed 11 points apiece in the win.
Setzer, who Dowdy calls "a true point guard," has had a calming effect on the team, according to the coach.
"Everybody feels good and is confident and relaxed when he's on the court," Dowdy said. "He just has that attribute where he calms everyone down."
KC plays at Wingate (1-0) at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Farmington 43, Valencia 27
The Scorpions improved to 2-0 on the season by outlasting Valencia 43-27 in a defensive battle tonight at Scorpion Gym in Farmington.
Valencia (0-3) controlled the tempo for parts of the game until Farmington coach Paul Corley decided to switch from a man defense to a zone in the third quarter.
"We created some problems for (Valencia) with the zone and that sparked an 18-5 run for us in the fourth," Corley said. "Give Valencia credit — they did a good job tonight. Our kids played really well, too."
David Riley had 16 points in the win, and Sol Rascon added 10.
Farmington is back at Scorpion Gym for a 3 p.m. tilt Saturday against Albuquerque High (3-0).
Albuquerque 49, Piedra Vista 28
Piedra Vista suffered a second straight lopsided defeat, this time because it failed to hit its inside shots.
PV (1-2) lost 81-58 to Grants on Nov. 29, then opened its home schedule tonight with a 49-28 defeat to Albuquerque High at Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse in Farmington.
"The effort was there. We just couldn't make shots within three feet of the basket," Panthers coach Devon Manning said. "We had opportunities to score on layups, we'd miss them, then Albuquerque would come down off the rebound and make their layups. There were a couple of 4-point swings like that."
The Bulldogs drained eight 3-pointers in the win.
Manning said the Panthers, who were paced by Brady Brown's 10 points, will try to forget about this loss in time for Saturday's 4 p.m. home game versus Valencia.
Navajo Prep 67, NACA 35
The Navajo Prep boys basketball team needed time to shake off the early start for its game against the Native American Community Academy, but eventually took control to pick up a 67-35 victory at the Braves Invitational hosted by Santa Fe Indian School this morning.
“The game started at 9:45, but we didn’t get out of bed until 10:30. We played really, really sloppy in the first half,” Prep coach Rick Hoerner said. “It was the first time we were sloppy and playing undisciplined. I can always count on my guys to play hard and do the smart thing, but we weren’t really doing either in the first half.”
Prep (3-1) led 29-22 at halftime and outscored NACA (0-3) 27-5 in the third quarter to pull away.
Tyler Pete led the Eagles with 13 points. Treston Yazzie and Jonathon Slim added 10 points each.
Prep will play Dulce (2-1) in the fifth-place game Saturday afternoon.
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