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Roundup: No surprises in first round games

December 7, 2018

Anyone expecting huge surprises for the first day of the 59th annual Bobby Rodriguez Capital City Tournament in Santa Fe High’s Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium will have to wait until Friday.

The big schools advanced on the boys side, as Capital, Santa Fe High, Roswell and Valencia reached the semifinals and put the city one step closer toward another Jaguars-Demons matchup Saturday. The girls side brings an early-season matchup between District 2-3A stalwarts Las Vegas Robertson and Santa Fe Indian School in one semifinal. Santa Fe High survived the absence of Taylor Salazar in the second half to reach the other semifinal against Portales.

Boys

Santa Fe High 71, Los Alamos 30

It was over almost from the moment the Hilltoppers committed their first turnover, as they had five in the first four minutes. The host Demons (4-0) raced to a 15-1 lead and never looked back in the final first-round game of the night.

Santa Fe High plays Valencia, which beat Santa Fe Indian School 62-42, at 7 p.m. Friday for a spot in the Capital City Tournament championship.

Los Alamos (0-4) wilted against the Demons’ full-court press, as it scored just one point in the opening quarter and found itself down 41-17 at the half. Santa Fe High also had six players combine for seven 3-pointers.

Fedonta “J.B.” White led the Demons with 14 points in three quarters, while Antonio Lovato added 11 and Cody Garcia scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter. Brian Irwin paced the Hilltoppers with seven points.

Capital 69, Alamogordo 32

The Jaguars were steady throughout their rout of the Tigers, as they scored the last five points in the first quarter to build a 16-6 lead and upped it to 34-18 at the half.

Capital (4-1) had 10 players score, with Dominic Luna and T.J. Sanchez each having 12 points, while Seth Arroyos added 10. The highlight of the day came early in the fourth quarter when reserve Ryan Jacobs came off the bench and scored three points, much to the delight of his teammates.

Capital takes on Roswell, a 67-56 winner over St. Michael’s, in a 3:30 p.m. semifinal.

Valencia 62, Santa Fe Indian School 42

The Jaguars finally got their offense on track in the second half. They outscored the Braves 38-24 to expand a 24-18 halftime lead and advance to a semifinal. SFIS (0-1) will play Los Alamos in a consolation semifinal at 12:30 p.m.

Roswell 67, St. Michael’s 56

The Coyotes (3-0) scored the last two baskets of the second quarter to take a 27-26 lead at the half, and used that momentum to spur a 26-13 run in the third quarter to take control of the opening-round game.

Miguel Baray scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half for Roswell, and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Taymon Burrola added 11 points in a supporting role.

St. Michael’s (1-1) had Jevon Montoya score 13 of his 14 points in the second half, while Thomas Wood added 12 and Dominic Morgan eight.

Girls

Santa Fe High 34, Valencia 26

The Demonettes had things going their way, taking a 10-3 lead after a quarter. They maintained a 15-8 lead when Salazar had a Lady Jaguars player fall on her surgically repaired left leg. She limped off the court and went to the trainer’s room, done for the day.

Her status for Friday’s 5 p.m. semifinal against Portales is up in the air.

The Lady Jaguars, though, struggled to score. It took them until Julia Aragon’s putback with 40 seconds left in the third quarter to tie the score at 19-all. The joy was short lived as Ariana Hernandez hit a baseline jumper with 14 seconds left to break the tie. Santa Fe High proceeded to go on a 13-2 run to win the game.

Marilena Fernandez led the Demonettes with 13 points and Alexis Espinoza added five. Elena Lucero led Valencia with eight points.

Santa Fe Indian School 40, Capital 21

The Lady Jaguars saw most of their offense on the sidelines, as four players sat out with injuries, including leading scorer Kyannah Cole.

Still, Capital head coach Darren Casados was disappointed in his team’s energy level as the Lady Braves jumped out to a 13-0 lead and moved on to a 2 p.m. semifinal game against Las Vegas Robertson, a 52-43 winner over Los Alamos.

“No team can go down 13-0 and expect to come back,” Casados said. “It takes a lot of energy. Yeah, our defense was OK. It shows up, but you still have to score.”

SFIS built a 25-8 lead at the half, and even overcame a two-point third quarter that cut its lead to 27-15 entering the final 8 minutes. Cameron Connors had nine points to lead the Lady Braves, while twins Leanna and Camilla Lewis each had seven.

Capital plays Los Alamos at 8 a.m. Friday in a consolation semifinal.

Las Vegas Robertson 52, Los Alamos 43

The Lady Cardinals (2-0) outscored the Lady Hilltoppers 21-13 in the third quarter to turn a 21-17 halftime lead into a 42-30 advantage that was never threatened.

Alianza Darley took control of the game in the second half, scoring 15 of her team-high 19 points. Meanwhile, Tessa Ortiz erupted in the third with eight of her nine points.

Jenee Montoya led the way for Los Alamos (1-3) with 11 points, while Becca Green added nine.

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