Bloomfield, Piedra Vista each lose by 12 in respective tourney games

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FARMINGTON — After an abysmal game in which the Scorpions only scored 23 points against Artesia, the Farmington boys basketball team came out angry against Aztec tonight.

Farmington crushed its District 1-5A foe 67-22 on the second day of the Poe Corn Invitational and will now face Los Alamos in the tournament's fifth place game Friday at noon.

"Unfortunately for Aztec, they kind of ran into an angry team," Scorps coach Paul Corley said. "We really bounced back well on both ends, and the defense looked phenomenal."

Farmington (9-2) took a 26-10 lead into halftime and then almost mirrored that score in the third quarter alone by hitting six 3-pointers in the third and owning the quarter 25-10.

The Scorps hit nine treys on the night.

"We made some adjustments that worked well in the first quarter, then in the third quarter they came out and exploded on us," Aztec coach Matthew Steinfeldt said. "Our offense didn't respond because our offense was absent. Farmington did a great job in their press, and we did a terrible job trying to break that."

Aztec (4-6) turns right around to play Bloomfield, another District 1-5A squad, in Friday's seventh-place game at noon. Steinfeldt said he thinks that game is a great opportunity for his team to show some resolve after suffering a rout.

"We're excited to play another team from up north, even though we have to travel for it," Steinfeldt said. "We went against Farmington and struggled mightily, but we get a chance to rebound within 24 hours and play another District 1-5A opponent. I think Bloomfield is going through some of the same woes as us, and it should be a good demonstration of character to see which team wants to bounce back the hardest."

Los Alamos 56, Bloomfield 44

Also in the Poe Corn Invitational, Bloomfield dropped its sixth straight game tonight in Roswell, losing 56-44 to Los Alamos.

Coach Randy Crockett's Bobcats (2-7) turned the ball over at inopportune times, and that cost them the opportunity to usurp the Hilltoppers (5-5) after a resurgent third quarter.

"We were down at the half, then we got to within 3 in the second half but just had three or four costly turnovers in a row," Crockett said. "Next thing you know, we're down 9."

Adriano Stevenson led Bloomfield in scoring for the second straight night with 17 points.

Hope Christian 61, Piedra Vista 49

Devon Manning and the rest of the Piedra Vista coaching staff called the Panthers out following their 41-point loss on Wednesday, and the team responded today with a much better effort.

Hope Christian (7-1) held on to beat PV 61-49 in the first round of the Rio Rancho Tournament consolation bracket.

"We challenged them to see how much pride they had," Manning said. "We could have folded over, but we played just as good a team as Eldorado and played them hard."

PV was much more patient in the 12-point loss, according to Manning, but the Huskies were able to make more plays down the stretch.

Jarrett Graham had 22 points for the Panthers (7-6), who play either Socorro, Texas, or Mayfield at 1 p.m. in Friday's seventh-place game.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577. 

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