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McCurdy beats Monte del Sol, 83-49, claims district tournament title

March 3, 2019

The Monte del Sol boys basketball team can’t say it didn’t have its chances to beat the McCurdy Bobcats.

The teams, who were facing off for the fourth time this season, met Saturday in the District 2-2A championship in Memorial Gymnasium, and the outcome didn’t change. McCurdy won again by a resounding 83-49 to claim the 2-2A title and improve to 22-5.

The Bobcats outscored the Dragons 19-9 in the second quarter to build a 29-15 lead at the half, then used a 32-14 run in the third quarter to make it 61-27.

“When a team beats you four times, and in the championship by 30, it’s obvious they’re the better team,” Monte del Sol head coach Alfredo Lujan said. “I wish them well in the postseason.”

Ubaldo Barela paced McCurdy with 19 points, while Kemmer Croff and Andres Martinez each had 12. Peter Lujan led Monte del Sol (17-11) with 20 points, and Santi Archuleta added 13.

McCurdy will await the announcement of the Class 2a bracket on Sunday to learn its seed, while the Dragons will learn if they have another game to the season.

“I think with our record, we should get in the top 12, fingers crossed,” Lujan said.

New Mexico School for the Deaf 53, Walatowa 52

The Roadrunners completed their second straight season sweeping both the district regular-season and tournament title, but had to withstand a determined Cougars team in the 7-1A championship in Larson Gymnasium.

The win allowed NMSD to set a school record for wins as it improved to 21-5.

“It was a close one,” Roadrunners head coach Letty Perez wrote in a text message. “Many good opportunities were missed and both teams had had foul trouble.”

Deven Thompson had a double-double with 22 points and 20 rebounds, and Bruce Brewer Jr. added 13 points and collected five steals.

Girls

Pojoaque Valley 55, Los Alamos 41

The Elkettes (23-4) secured their first district tournament title since 2009 as Michael Martinez had a game-high 19 points, Taylor Roybal added 13 and Ashten Martinez scored 12.

“I haven’t done my stats yet, but she has to be in double figures in rebounding, and she had some good assists and minimal turnovers,” coach Seledon Martinez said. “With that said, Taylor played well tonight and hit some big shots, and Ashten hit some big shots, too.”

The Lady Hilltoppers had Alex Calderon lead the way with 12 points.