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ALBUQUERQUE — The dream run came to an end for Holcomb on Saturday. Facing the back-to-back defending Class 3A champion Pecos Panthers in the Class 2A boys final, Newcomb's offense struggled to score and fell, 58-37.

How it happened

Pecos (27-3) jumped out to a 16-9 lead after one quarter and continued to add to its lead in every quarter.

Newcomb (29-3) was unable to make a single 3-point shot in the first three quarters, going 0-for-13 from long range and 2-for-11 (18 percent) in the final quarter for a 2-for-24 (8 percent) shooting performance.

The Skyhawks shot 14-of-57 (25 percent) from the field and 7-for-17 (41 percent) from the free-throw line.

Though a disappointing end to the season, the members of Skyhawk Nation gave players a long standing ovation after the game, and now the team will add a Red Trophy (second place) to its trophy collection.

They said it

"(Pecos) made shots and we didn't make shots. They average 80 points a game. We held them to 58 and 27 at half. We defended. We just didn't make shots, had some careless turnovers and some free throws. I'm proud of this group...We really didn't get the respect of other people because of where we're from and where we're at. Hopefully this wakes up a lot of people. We've got some basketball players here.

"(The season) was amazing. To think we could possibly end with 30 wins and finish with 29. This group is close to 80 games in its career. Can't say no more than that. I told them before the game that they'll understand how impactful they've been for families, around the community, for the students, for their little nephews and brothers that enjoy to come and watch them play. They're just kids, but they understand the impact they've had."

– Dominique Richardson, Newcomb head coach

Stat leaders 

Deion Johnhat led the Skyhawks with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Shannon Bitsilly scored eight, Deondre Begay added seven. Kelkenny Watchman scored four points, Jared John and Tytus Brown each scored three and Chad Begay added two points.

Xavier Padilla led Pecos with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Ismael Villegas scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Matthew Asher can be reached at 575-628-5524, Masher@currentargus.com or @Caveman_Masher on Twitter.

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Game notes

Fourth quarter

Pecos claims the 2A title with a 58-37 victory to claim its third straight state title after winning the Class 3A titles the last two years.

Xavier Padilla led Pecos with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Ismael Villegas scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Deion Johnhat led the Skyhawks with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Shannon Bitsilly scored 8 and Deondre Begay added 7 for Holcomb.

Pecos continues to add to its lead. With 90 seconds left, Pecos pulls its starters. They lead 55-31 in the final minute.

Third quarter

Pecos adds to its lead. Panthers are up, 43-25 with 1:25 left. No other scoring for rest of quarter. Xavier Padilla leads Pecos with 20 points. Pecos is 11-for-26 from the field, 2-for-8 from distance and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.

Newcomb is led by Deion Johnhat's 8 points. Deondre Begay has 7. Newcomb is 7-for-25 from the field, 0-for-10 from the 3-point line and 2-for-7 from the charity stripe.

Second quarter

Pecos closes out the half on a 5-0 run in the final 75 seconds and leads 27-16. Xavier Padilla has 14 point for the Panthers. Pecos is 11-for-26 from the field, 2-for-8 from distance and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.

Newcomb is led by Deondre Begay’s 7 points. Skyhawks are 7-for-25 from the field, 0-for-10 from the 3-point line and 2-for-7 from the line.

First quarter

Pecos leads, 16-9. Panthers shooting 6-for-12 from the field, 1-for-4 from distance and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.Xavier Padilla leads Pecos with 7 points.

Newcomb is shooting 4-for-14 from the field, 0-5 from distance and 1-for-2 from the charity stripe. Deondre Begay leads his team with 5 points. Deion Johnhat and Kelkenny Watchman each have 2 points.

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