Bloomfield, Kirtland Central lose on the road
Bobcats' rally falls short in Gallup; KC lacks energy in Grants
FARMINGTON — After more than a week off, the Bloomfield boys basketball team rallied back on the road against Gallup tonight but could never get over the hump, losing 57-52.
The Bobcats (2-3) hadn't played since a Dec. 3 loss against Los Lunas, but they didn't show much rust, initially taking a 2-point lead into halftime.
After the break though, the visitors were slammed by Gallup (2-5) to the tune of a 22-13 third-quarter run. It took increased intensity on the defensive end for Bloomfield to charge back in the fourth.
"We picked up our man pressure on defense and got a couple of turnovers," Bloomfield coach Randy Crockett said. "We got to within 3 (points) but never got any closer."
Gallup guard Seth Manuelito was a thorn in Bloomfield's side, constantly penetrating the lane and scoring a game-high 22 points.
Brendon Charley managed a team-high 13 points in the loss.
Bloomfield will now turn its attention toward the Eddie Peña Holiday Classic in Grants, which runs Thursday to Saturday. To stop their two-game skid, Crockett said the Bobcats will have to defend and rebound better.
"We have to do a better job of keeping people out of the lane and do a better job on the boards. We got out-rebounded by a smaller team tonight," Crockett said. "Those are our two main focuses."
Bloomfield will take on Grants (4-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Grants 74, Kirtland Central 56
Kirtland Central didn't bring it tonight in Grants.
The Broncos (4-4) have followed a four-game winning streak with a three-game losing streak after being thoroughly outplayed by Grants and losing 74-56 on the road.
"We were never in this game," KC coach Brian Dowdy said. "We had no effort, no intensity. Grants wanted it more than us. That pains me as a coach to say, because those are things I pride myself on, but that's the truth tonight."
Grants held a 22-11 lead after the opening quarter. Dowdy said he played everyone on his team tonight, but aside from a few little spurts here and there, the Broncos were generally lifeless.
"I haven't seen our kids like this this year. It's bizarre," Dowdy said. "We played with zero heart. Grants just beat us to everything — loose balls, rebounds, it didn't matter."
Jariah Setzer led KC with 15 points. Carlin Dodge added 10.
The Broncos don't have a lot of time to right the ship, as Durango, Colo. (5-1) — the same school that beat them by 12 on Saturday — comes to Bronco Arena for a rematch Tuesday night.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.