Centauri guard, sophomore KC Jarvies (20) tries to gather in a rebound with heavy pressure from Alamosa sophomore Cody Garcia (22).
Courier Sports Editor
ALAMOSA—For the second day in a row, Alamosa fans left Alamosa High School with a smile on their faces as the Alamosa Mean Moose boys won the nightcap of a basketball doubleheader, 47-40. The No. 3 ranked Centauri Lady Falcons downed the Alamosa Mean Moose to start the night, 55-21. The doubleheaders came on the heels of Thursday night’s wrestling dual between the two schools that saw the No. 3 ranked Mean Moose down the No. 1 ranked Centauri Falcons, 40-29.
Meyer double-double paces Moose
Alamosa senior Zach Meyer nabbed yet another double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds in Friday night’s contest that pitted two Intermountain League teams that are on the cusp of being ranked in the Top 10 in Class 3A. Alamosa junior Ryan Martinez, who gathered five rebounds, was the Moose high scorer with 12 points.
In addition to Meyer and Martinez, senior Samuel Bilderbeck scored 11 points, sophomore Ethan Caton scored seven, sophomore Cody Garcia and junior Bailey Garcia each contributed three points while sophomore Josh Cody added an additional point.
Centauri’s Justin Gallegos led the Falcons by hitting six field goals for 12 points. Sophomore KC Jarvies scored six points while senior Russell Shawcroft and sophomore Mitchell Wilson each scored five. Junior Clay McCarroll and sophomore Jeremy Cornum each scored four points while senior Colten Mitchell rounded out the scorers with two points.
Alamosa won the rebounding battle by bringing in 35 boards while Centauri, who was led by Jarvies with nine, nabbed 28 total.
As a team, Centauri connected on 30.6 percent (15-of-49) of their shots and 57.1 percent (8-of-14) of their free throws.
The Mean Moose only hit 16-of-42 (38 percent) of their shots from the field and 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) of their free throws.
The game started off with both teams trading buckets and Gallegos taking control for the Falcons by scoring six points in the quarter alone. Alamosa led 9-8 but a foul by Bilderbeck sent Jarvies to the line for two shots with 27.8 seconds showing on the clock. He was only able to connect on 1-of-4 shots in the quarter to tie the game at nine entering the second quarter.
The Falcons used seven free throws, a trey by Shawcrof and a jumper by Jarvies to outscore the Moose and give them a 21-20 lead at the halftime break.
Meyer controlled the third quarter assault by Alamosa in the third quarter by nailing two from beyond the arch for six points. Bilderbeck added two jumpers and a free throw as Alamosa outscored Centauri 13-8 in the quarter to take a 33-29 lead into the final quarter.
The lead would not shrink much in the final quarter as six personal fouls allowed 10 free throws to be taken, two by five different players. Alamosa was 80 percent in the quarter but two jumpers by Martinez and a jumper by Bailey Garcia sealed the game for Alamosa.
Both teams return to league action on Saturday as the Centauri Falcons, who are now 8-3 overall and 0-1 in IML action host the No. 2 ranked Pagosa Springs Pirates, who are 8-1 on the season and fresh off a 59-41 win over Sargent on Thursday night, with tip off slated for 7 p.m.
The Alamosa boys, who are now 8-3 overall and 1-0 in IML, travel down the road to Monte Vista to take on the 6-4 overall and 1-0 IML Monte Vista Pirates. Once again tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
No. 3 Falcons down Moose in decisive fashion
The Centauri Falcons held Alamosa to a scoreless second quarter en route to a 55-21 IML win over the Alamosa Mean Moose Friday. A 14-point performance by junior Tori Fringer coupled with two 13-point performances from senior Taylor Wilson and senior Kathleen Ruybal paced the Falcons.
Junior Kendra Garcia and junior Jasmine Gallegos scored 8 and 7 points, respectively, to round out the Falcon scorers.
Freshman Elise Tolley was once again the top scorer for Alamosa with seven points. Sophomore Taylor Nye scored five points and junior Marissa Manzanares scored four points. Freshman Brooke Trujillo and senior Blake Faucett scored two points while sophomore Taylor Hackett added one.
Alamosa played well with the Falcons in the opening quarter by only trailing 13-9 entering the final quarter before the 21-0 explosion by the Falcon offense made the halftime score 34-9.
A 5-point third quarter by Gallegos helped Centauri outscore Alamosa 11-10 before the benches from each team came in during the fourth quarter to seal the game.
The 11-1 overall and 1-0 IML Falcons host the No. 6 ranked Pagosa Springs Pirates, who are 8-1 overall, on Saturday night with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The Mean Moose, who are now 4-7 and 0-1 in the IML, travel to Monte Vista to take on the Pirates, who are now 2-7 overall and 0-1 in the IML.
Pirates down Wolverines in overtime
MONTE VISTA—A SportsCenter caliber play by junior Keith Romero helped the Monte Vista Pirates defeat the Bayfield Wolverines 58-55 in overtime here at Monte Vista High School on Friday.
The Pirates were trailing the game 50-49 with just under 40 seconds remaining in the game. Bayfield added to their lead with a couple of free throws to set up a last second desperation shot. Luckily for the Pirates the ball found Romero’s hands.
As time was expiring, Romero took a 1-handed shot from the opposing free throw line, about 65 feet away, and sunk the game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
“I had a good feeling when I let go of the shot,” said Romero of the shot to send the game into overtime. “I always play every game till the final buzzer goes off.”
“We are going to try and get it on YouTube or SportsCenter,” said an excited Head Coach James Canaday. “We have the shot on film and our athletic director will work on that on Monday.”
The Pirates, who are playing with a couple of injuries, had some freshmen players step up. “It was a good tough win for us,” said Canaday. “The key to the win was definitely rebounding, we outrebounded them, and we blocked out several key shots.”
Romero was the game’s high scorer with 25 points. “Scoring 25 is good but I don’t care how many points I have as long as I try my hardest and my team gives it their all I’m happy,” said Romero. “Getting the win versus a team like Bayfield helps a lot now we just got to keep working hard for the games to come.”
In the overtime period, Monte Vista’s Presley Garcia scored all six points, four were free throws, to help the Pirates offset a 3-pointer to get the win. Garcia scored 13 points on the night.
As a team, Monte Vista was 12-of-15 (80 percent) from the free throw line.
Lady Vikings defeat Lady Titans in final minute
CENTER—The Center Lady Vikings opened up Class 2A Southern Peaks League action with a 40-39 over the Crested Butte Lady Titans here at Center High School on Friday night.
The Vikings, who led 29-19 entering the final quarter allowed the Titans to really go on a run and take a 6-point lead in the closing minutes.
Fortunately for the Vikings, sophomore Rebecca Paez stepped up and contributed two huge shots in the fourth quarter to offset some points. “If it wasn’t for Paez stepping up and making those shots, we may have found ourselves in a 10 or 12-point hole,” said Center Head Coach Scott Poole.
The Vikings battled back and with just under a minute showing, junior Maya Martinez hit a 3-point play the hard way to give them the 40-39 lead. The defense would hang on and make a huge rebound and run the clock out to get the win.
“It was a pretty good start to league action for us, I’m proud of the girls,” said Poole. “In previous years we would have packed it in but we came back and pulled out the win. It was real big and a fun game to coach in.”
According to Poole, “Martinez has really elevated her game.” That was true as she was responsible for 18 points. Sophomore Megan McKibbon contributed nine points while senior Alexa Lobato scored four.
“Both Martinez and McKibbon worked hard on the glass and made some huge rebounds,” Poole stated. “Especially on defense, they made rebounds when we needed stops down the stretch.”
The Vikings, who improved to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in SPL action, will travel to Sanford on Saturday.
Trojans down Rams in non-conference game
SAN LUIS—The Antonito Trojans used a 21-point performance from Jon Mondragon to help pace them over the Centennial Rams, 60-46, here at Centennial High School on Friday night.
In addition to Mondragon’s points, Chris Romero scored 15 points on the night while Eric Vargas and Julio Alcala scored six points each.
The Trojans won each quarter and held a 10-point lead, 28-18, at the halftime break.
The Rams were led by senior Tyler Atkins, who scored 17 points on the night.
Monte Vista 34
Del Norte 80,
Cripple Creek-Victor 31
Custer County 43,
Sierra Grande 32
Sangre de Cristo 78,
South Park 15
Mountain Valley-Moffat 22
Crested Butte 37,
Custer County 47
Sierra Grande 60,
Del Norte 86,
Cripple Creek 24
Sangre de Cristo 42,
South Park 33
Moffat/Mountain Valley 38