Keaton Christy helps Farmington fly by Gallup 61-49
FARMINGTON — Just four days ago, the Bloomfield boys basketball team had seemingly established itself as a front-runner for the District 1-5A title.
But now, after losing twice in three days, Bobcats coach Randy Crockett said he feels like his team has to run the table if it hopes to win district.
Tonight's loss was particularly deflating for Bloomfield, which was stunned 63-60 in overtime by Miyamura (11-11, 2-4) at Bobcat Gym.
Bloomfield (11-10, 4-2) held a steady 3- to-4-point lead for most of the night, but was never able to run away from the Patriots. The Bobcats turned the ball over at key points of the game when it looked like they were ready to go on a run.
Miyamura hit a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, then outscored the hosts 7-4 in the extra period.
"They outplayed us, outexecuted us and outhustled us," Crockett said.
Bloomfield lost to Farmington on Thursday, but prior to that game, the Bobcats sat alone in first place of District 1-5A. Tonight's loss drops them to third.
Crockett said his team has its work cut out for it heading into the last four games of the regular season, but his message to his players is to keep playing hard.
"We can't afford to drop any more games if we want the chance to win district. We put ourselves in a tough spot," Crockett said. "But we'll keep fighting until the end. I told the boys, 'I'm not going to quit coaching, you can't quit playing.'"
Adriano Stevenson poured in 22 points for Bloomfield, and Brendan Charley added 12.
The Bobcats play at Aztec (5-17, 0-6) on Thursday.
Farmington 61, Gallup 49
The Scorpions won their fourth straight game tonight, defeating Gallup 61-49 on the road.
A deep rotation and Keaton Christy's hot shooting guided Farmington (19-3, 5-1), which pulled into a tie for first place in the district with the win.
Christy exploded for 20 of his game-high 24 points before halftime. He hit four 3-pointers in the game.
FHS led 17-15 after one quarter of play before gaining control of the contest in the second quarter.
"We played nine kids, Gallup really just plays five, so I think we wore them out in the second quarter," Scorps coach Paul Corley said. "Just forced the tempo on them like we did against Bloomfield."
Sol Rascon added 17 points, and David Riley helped out with 11 for FHS, which maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half against Gallup (8-13, 2-3).
The Scorps host Kirtland Central (13-8, 5-1) in a battle for outright first place of the district on Thursday.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.