FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central boys basketball team sneaked out of Bayfield, Colo., tonight with a 64-60 overtime win over the Wolverines.
After a closely fought game from start to finish, KC went into overtime and took control right away with 4 quick points and never relinquished the lead.
“The whole game was pretty close, back and forth,” KC coach Brian Dowdy said. “It was a solid effort, and I’m happy with how the defense played. We did just enough to win it.”
Nearing the end of regulation, Dowdy said guard Jariah Stezer hit a key 3-pointer to bring the Broncos even with Bayfield.
KC had multiple chances to take the lead in the final minute, but failed to execute the plays the team drew up, sending the game to overtime.
KC only scored 5 points in the first quarter, but found its rhythm in the second with a 23-point quarter to take a 28-27 lead at halftime.
Bryson Dowdy led the Broncos with 21 points. Setzer added 17.
Bloomfield 68, Bernalillo 53
The Bloomfield boys basketball team wasted no time taking control over Bernalillo, taking a 19-9 lead after the first quarter and rolling to a 68-53 victory tonight in Bernalillo.
“The biggest thing we did was we trusted our offense a bit more, and the kids knocked down their shots,” Bloomfield coach Randy Crockett said. “It was just a good job of executing our offense.”
Crockett added that defensively the Bobcats did a great job getting out on Bernalillo’s shooters, saying the Spartans rely heavily on their 3-point shooting, but the Bobcats extended their zone defense to keep pressure on the shooters.
Four players scored in double digits for Bloomfield.
Ty Padilla led the way with 15 points. Damien Sanchez added 14, Adriano Stevenson finished with 13 and Brandon Charley chipped in 12.
Santa Fe 55, Piedra Vista 49
The Piedra Vista boys basketball team had maybe its best performance of the season, but mistakes at the worst time doomed the Panthers to a 55-49 loss on the road to Santa Fe.
“This was probably one of our most complete ball games from the tip to the end,” PV coach Devon Manning said. “We just made stupid mental, elementary mistakes in this game. Too many mistakes.”
The Panthers trailed by 5 points entering the fourth quarter and turned over the ball on their first two possessions, which resulted in layups for the Demons.
They cut the lead to one possession a couple of times, but gave up offensive rebounds that led to more easy points.
Manning said Jason Compton had a strong performance for PV, scoring 15 points.
On Thursday, PV will face Bloomfield, the program Manning led for four seasons before going to PV.
“Bloomfield always circles PV on the schedule because it’s been a while since they’ve beaten PV in basketball. And the fact that they’re going against their former coach is going to make them go after this game a little harder,” Manning said. “Hopefully, our guys understand that Bloomfield is coming full throttle and we have to match the intensity they’re going to bring.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.