Local teams struggle on first day of Poe Corn

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — The Aztec boys basketball team had a bit of a let-down performance in the first round of the Poe Corn Invitational today in Roswell, losing to the host Goddard Rockets 63-48.


“It was probably one of our worst performances of the year. We came out really flat to begin,” Aztec coach Matthew Steinfeldt said. “We gave up a 20-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and allowed (Goddard) to extend it to 45-24 at halftime.”

Steinfeldt said the Tigers did a good job in the fourth quarter to cut into Goddard’s lead, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Chase Morrison led the Tigers with 12 points.

Aztec will meet Farmington in the consolation bracket.

“I’m excited to be playing Farmington. I thought we were going to be playing them (Thursday), just that we’d be playing on the other side of the bracket,” Steinfeldt said. “It will be a great barometer to see where we’re at and if we’ve made enough progress to compete with the top team in our district.”

Artesia 29, Farmington 23

The Scorps didn’t have anything going in the first round of the Poe Corn Invitational and suffered a 29-23 loss to Artesia today in Roswell.

“Both teams, I feel like, had serious holiday hangovers,” Farmington coach Paul Corley said. “I thought both teams played horribly. It wasn’t a defensive battle, just offensively, we missed so many layups, and turnovers killed us. It wasn’t pretty for either team, and (Artesia) played a hair better than we did.”

Artesia led 21-20 after the third quarter, and the Bulldogs hit a couple of 3-pointers to separate.

Corley said the loss falls on both him and the players. He said he needed to do a better job of coaching, and the Scorps’ lack of focus and intensity hurt them.

Farmington will play Aztec in the consolation bracket Thursday.

Roswell 89, Bloomfield 62

The Bloomfield boys basketball team committed too many turnovers against Roswell at the Poe Corn Invite in Roswell and fell to the Coyotes 89-62.

“They jumped out on us big in the first quarter because we turned the ball over against their press,” Bloomfield coach Randy Crockett said. “We just committed too many turnovers and that fed their offense.”

Crockett said the Bobcats cut into the Coyotes’ lead in the second quarter, but another turnover-plagued third quarter allowed Roswell to rebuild its lead.

Adriano Stevenson, who had missed the past few weeks with an ankle injury, returned to lead Bloomfield with 14 points.

Ty Padilla added 12 points in the loss.

Bloomfield will face Los Alamos in the consolation bracket.

Crockett said keeping the bigger Hilltoppers off the offensive glass will be key if the Bobcats hope to pick up a win.

Eldorado 69, Piedra Vista 28

The Piedra Vista boys basketball team isn’t catching any breaks at the Jalene Berger Holiday Hoops Classic in Rio Rancho.

The Panthers opened the tourney with a 69-28 loss to Eldorado today, and will next play Hope Christian, which has won a state title in seven of the last eight seasons, in the consolation bracket Thursday.

PV’s offense has struggled to operate against the Eagles (4-1), scoring just 10 points in the first three quarters.

“Eldorado is a good team and put pressure on us defensively, and we couldn’t get into a flow,” PV coach Devon Manning said. “Once Eldorado took away an option, we decided to try to do it on our own. We didn’t get anything going until the fourth quarter, but that was 40 points too late.”

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