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School for the Deaf advances to the Santa Fe Indian School invite championship

January 6, 2019

The Roadrunners of New Mexico School for the Deaf are leaving a a good impression.

NMSD advanced to the championship game of Santa Fe Indian School’s Braves Invitational on Friday after beating the Española Valley junior varsity, 56-44, in Pueblo Pavilion. The Roadrunners had to rely mainly on their starting five, because only six players dressed for the game. It helps to have a 6-foot-10 player few teams can solve in senior Deven Thompson.

He had 38 points, 13 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots to pace the School for the Deaf, but he got help from junior wing Luis Villalobos and his eight points and eight rebounds.

Bruce Brewer Jr., the Roadrunners’ freshman point guard, dished out nine assists.

“This was a really big win for us,” School for the Deaf assistant coach Leo Gutierrez said. “We did a great job defending against a quick team and a strong basketball program. We came in with a good plan.”

Girls

St. Michael’s 60, Sandia Prep 38

This time, the St. Michael’s girls basketball team made its opponent give chase.

A day after struggling to rally from a 19-point first-quarter deficit in the opening round of Albuquerque Sandia Prep’s Sundevil Invitational, the Lady Horsemen kept the host Lady Sundevils in chase mode. They built a 19-4 lead after a quarter and never looked back in a 60-38 win in a consolation semifinal Friday night in Albuquerque.

St. Michael’s (6-6) plays Moriarty for fifth place at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.

Lady Horsemen head coach Martin Esquibel said the early lead gave him a chance to use his bench liberally, although that allowed Sandia Prep to get within 32-20 at the half. It also gave him a chance to hammer home a message to his reserves.

“I challenged the subs when they got an opportunity to get back out there [on the court],” Esquibel said. “I told them you might not be as strong offensively, but defense takes effort and you got to play tougher defense.”

After the lead grew to 47-25 entering the fourth quarter, the reserves held their own in closing out the game.

A nice surprise was eighth-grade wing Lauryn Pecos, who scored the first eight points for the Lady Horsemen and finished with 16 points.

Cia Alvarez and Joelyn Fernandez each had 10.

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