Brown's late free throws push PV past Socorro
Bobcats tame Tigers 74-62 to snap six-game losing skid
- Piedra Vista took seventh at the Rio Rancho Tournament with a tight win over Socorro, Texas.
- Farmington won the Poe Corn Invitational's fifth-place game over Los Alamos.
- A fast start helped Bloomfield knock off Aztec in the Poe Corn seventh-place game.
FARMINGTON — The Rio Rancho Tournament wasn't too kind to the Piedra Vista boys basketball team until this afternoon.
PV made sure it came home with at least one victory in the three-day tourney by earning a 55-54 win over Socorro, Texas, in Rio Rancho.
Jarrett Graham led the Panther offensive attack again with 21 points and was named to the all-tournament team, but coach Devon Manning said Graham wasn't alone in navigating PV to victory today.
"The good thing about the end of the game was we had a lot of guys hit big shots, it wasn't just Jarrett," Manning said. "Shanden Todacheeny and Christian Chavez hit some big 3s for us. A lot of guys stepped up."
The Panthers (7-6) overcame four first-half 3-pointers from Socorro's Ezequiel Franco, as well as a 9-point first-quarter deficit, to outscore the Bulldogs by 9 in the next frame.
Down 1 with 20 seconds to go in the game, Brady Brown was fouled after catching a pass underneath the hoop. The junior then calmly sank both free throws, and, on the ensuing play, Jason Compton intercepted a full-court heave to essentially end the game.
The Panthers, who earned seventh place by ousting Socorro, try to remain above .500 when they visit Santa Fe in a make-up game on Tuesday.
Farmington 55, Los Alamos 39
The Scorpions claimed the consolation championship at the Poe Corn Invitational by using a fast start to clip Los Alamos 55-39 today in Roswell.
Nick Granger led Farmington (10-2) in scoring with 12 points, and he posted half of that total in the first quarter, when he buried a pair of 3-pointers. Scorps coach Paul Corley said a strong start keyed the win.
"We came out and jumped on them 18-6 in the first quarter," Corley said. "We really established our lead and took control of the game early. That was really important for us."
The Hilltoppers (4-6) cut the lead to 4 toward the end of the third quarter, but Farmington roared out of the fourth-quarter gate on an 8-0 run to give itself some breathing room.
The Scorps try to keep rolling on Thursday at Shiprock (4-7).
Bloomfield 74, Aztec 62
Bobcats coach Randy Crockett was relieved to get his first win since November this morning against Aztec.
The Bobcats said goodbye to a six-game losing skid by blitzing the Tigers early and winning the Poe Corn Invitational's seventh-place game 74-62.
"It feels good to get a win," Crockett said. "I think it was important to get a win, just for our confidence."
Bloomfield (3-7) got out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and stayed hot until the mid-game buzzer by taking a 20-point lead into halftime.
But the Bobcats had their shortcomings. Crockett said his players fouled far too much in the second half, which allowed Aztec (4-7) to chip away at the lead from the charity stripe.
"It was a pretty good offensive game on both sides, but we fouled them a lot in the second half when we shouldn't have been fouling them," Crockett said. "The boys have to learn a lot about how to finish games."
Adriano Stevenson dropped 19 points on Aztec, which was a Bloomfield team high.
The Bobcats try to make it two in a row on Tuesday at Bernaillo (4-7). Aztec hosts the Rumble in the Jungle Tournament, which kicks off Thursday.
Tigers coach Matthew Steinfeldt could not be reached for comment after the game.
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