Demons hold off late charge to beat Los Lunas, 49-43
This time, the Santa Fe High Demons were the aggressors at the right moment.
After a disappointing loss to Rio Rancho on Friday, the Demons made a dominating second quarter hold up as they held off the late-game charge of the Los Lunas Tigers to win 49-43 in a nondistrict boys basketball game in Los Lunas.
Santa Fe High (8-1) held the Tigers (5-1) to just two points in the second quarter to turn a 16-11 lead into a 27-13 advantage at the half. The cold shooting continued for Los Lunas, as it found itself down 34-16 after Demons sophomore Cruz Martinez hit one of two free throws with 4:11 left in the third.
Los Lunas finally found the range and finished the quarter on a 10-2 run to get within 36-26. The run continued as the Tigers scored eight of the first 10 points to open the final quarter to trim the margin to 38-34.
When Joe Dominguez drove from the wing for a layup with less than a minute left, the Demons’ lead was down to 45-43. However, sophomore post Fedonta “J.B.” White responded with a shot off the glass with 33 seconds left, then hit a pair of free throws with 21.2 seconds left to seal the win.
Those free throws were the last of a 21-point performance by the 6-foot-6 White, who hit three 3-pointers in the first half. Zanen Zeller led the Tigers with 21 points.
Santa Fe High returns home to take on intracity rival St. Michael’s at 7 p.m. Friday.
Monte del Sol 60, Raton 50, OT
The Dragons needed an Alex Lopez jumper with 3.5 seconds left to force overtime against the Tigers in a nondistrict game in the Institute of American Indian Art Wellness Center. In the extra period, Monte del Sol scored the first seven points to put the game out of reach. Peter Lujan and Santi Archuleta each had four points in the overtime period to lead the way for the Dragons. Archuleta finished with a game-high 21 points, while Lujan had 20, including a 3-pointer with 1:02 left that tied the score at 47-all.
Matthew Quartieri and Aden Vanderwater each had 12 points for the Tigers, and Jose Archuleta added 11.
Monte del Sol improved to 4-2, while Raton fell to 6-5.
New Mexico School for the Deaf 72, Pine Hill 18
The Roadrunners are finally fully healthy, and they used a balanced attack to cruise past the Warriors in a nondistrict road game.
Deven Thompson led NMSD (6-1) with 24 points, 18 rebounds, four steals and six blocks, while Bruce Brewer Jr. added 19 points and seven assists. Luis Villalobos also had a double-double with 15 points and and 10 boards.
“The Roadrunners’ offense is very fluent, and we played the way we were capable of defensively,” NMSD assistant coach Leo Gutierrez wrote in a text message.
Pecos 68, Estancia 29
The Panthers dominated the nondistrict game in Louis G. Sanchez Memorial Gymnasium, building an 18-3 lead after a quarter and never looking back in handing the Bears (5-2).
Xavier Padilla scored 14 of his 26 points in the first half as Pecos (5-2) took a 36-13 lead, while Anthony Armijo had 11 of his 14. Omar Dominguez had 13 points to cap the double-digit scorers for the Panthers.
Coronado 52, Desert Academy/Santa Fe Waldorf 48
The Wild Wolves led 41-37 heading into the fourth quarter, but ran out of gas as the Leopards dominated the final 8 minutes by outscoring Desert Academy/Waldorf 15-7.
“We need to improve our performance in the fourth quarter,” Wild Wolves head coach Enrique Otero said. “It is a combination of fatigue and staying focused. I, the coach, need to work on that.”
Liam Otero had 36 points to lead Desert Academy/Waldorf (1-4) and hit six 3s in the process. Tim Fuchs led Coronado (1-3) with
Pecos 49, Estancia 29
The Lady Panthers had to dig deep — like to their second unit — to erase an early 5-0 deficit in a nondistrict game in Louis G. Sanchez Memorial Gymnasium.
The reserves scored the last five points of the first quarter to tie it at 5-all, then outscored the Lady Bears 14-5 in the second quarter to take control of the game with a 19-10 lead that was never threatened.
Pecos head coach Ron Drake likes the way his team is playing defense, as no opponent has broke the 50-point barrier.
“We’ve got some fast guards, and they like to pressure the ball,” Drake said. “Sometimes, they go too far out [near the halfcourt line] but they like to pressure.”
Cassie Muller had 15 points to lead Pecos (5-2), while Brittney Martinez added 11 and Desiree Sena 10.
Pojoaque Valley 45, Belen 30
The Elkettes outscored the Lady Eagles 11-3 in the second quarter to take a 19-16 lead, then pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 14-6 run to win the nondistrict game in Ben Lujan Gymnasium. They improved to 7-0.
Taylor Roybal had 16 points to lead Pojoaque, and Ashten Martinez added 11. Janae Ornelas paced Belen (3-3) with nine points.