Alamosa junior Ryan Martinez (30) attempts to pass the ball outside after some heavy pressure from Monte Vista freshman Presley Garcia (52).
Courier Photo by Eric R. Flores
Courier Sports Editor
ALAMOSA—An inability to score field goals from under the bucket and get impact players involved in the scoring assisted the Monte Vista Pirates to a 46-42 Intermountain League win over the Alamosa Mean Moose here at Alamosa High School on Saturday night.
Alamosa, who was ranked No. 7 in last week’s Colorado Preps’ weekly rankings, lost last Friday night’s IML contest at Centauri really scrambling the standings. The Moose, who are now 13-5 overall and 5-2 in the conference, are now ranked No. 9 in the Colorado Preps’ poll. Saturday night’s loss is not factored in.
The Pirates, who are now 8-7 overall and 3-3 in the conference standings, sit a half game behind the Falcons and could possibly leap frog them in the final two weeks. They entered Saturday’s game with a huge IML win over Bayfield.
“The hard thing (winning both games over the weekend) is traveling to Bayfield and being successful and coming over here because they have a great basketball program,” said Monte Vista Head Coach James Canaday. “They do a really good job with their team and they have a good coaching staff it was huge for our program, it was a big weekend.”
The Moose were only able to connect on 15-of-46 (32.6 percent) of their field goals including 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) of their 3-point attempts. A huge chunk of the missed 3-pointers came in the final minute when the Moose found themselves down by four. Instead of going for buckets by open players near the net, they attempted to go for the long ball only for three straight attempts to clunk off the rim and finally into the Pirates hands where they were able to ice the game at the free throw line.
Alamosa hit 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) of their free throw attempts.
Junior Ryan Martinez was the highest scorer for the Mean Moose with 17 points while junior Bailey Garcia scored seven points. Senior Sam Bilderbeck scored five points while freshman Ethan Caton scored four points. Freshman Clayton Brubacher, sophomore Cody Garcia and senior Zack Meyer scored three points apiece.
They were able to reign in 30 rebounds with Meyer leading that charge with seven. They did commit 22 turnovers and 19 personal fouls.
Monte Vista connected on 16-of-41 (39 percent) of their shots from the field including 3-of-10 (30 percent) of their 3-pointers while also scoring 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) of their free throws. They committed 19 turnovers and 14 personal fouls on the night while collecting 27 rebounds.
Junior Keith Romero paced the Pirate scorers with ten points while junior Randy Velarde and freshman Presley Garcia scored nine points of their own. Junior Jaziah Martinez scored eight, junior Mitchell Valderpool and senior Jose Sarinana each scored four and junior Adrian Moreno scored two. Romero led the rebounding effort with eight.
The game started off with Alamosa jumping out to a 5-point lead, however, the Pirates came back and tied the game at 10.
Ryan Martinez went on a roll for Alamosa by scoring six points including a 3-pointer while Bailey Garcia nailed a trey to help the Moose jump out to a 19-18 halftime lead.
Each team had scored nine points in third quarter to make the score 28-27, however, as the clock wound down, Jaziah Martinez worked his way and nailed an electrifying 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.
In the fourth quarter, Monte Vista built up a 40-30 lead but Alamosa countered with a 10-2 run of their own to make the score 42-40, Monte Vista.
As it appeared, Alamosa was going to tie the game or even take the lead with just over two minutes remaining. Unfortunately, a steal by the Pirates forced Bailey Garcia to get a bad foul and the referees gave him a technical foul allowing Presley Garcia to take four free throws.
That led to the flurry of missed shots by Alamosa before the game was sealed.
The Moose have two games remaining in the regular season including a rematch with the Pagosa Springs Pirates, who are now in first place in the IML because they were idle on Saturday. They were originally scheduled to take on Centauri, however, snow over Wolf Creek Pass forced the Falcons to return back home when it was deemed unsafe to go over.
The Moose will take on the Pirates on Saturday before they wrap up their regular season on Feb. 21 against Bayfield.
Monte Vista will be in action tonight (Tuesday) when they travel to Center for a non-classification clash with the Center Vikings. They return to IML action on Tuesday, Feb. 19 when they travel to take on the Falcons. They will wrap up league action on Thursday, Feb. 21 when they host Pagosa Springs. Their regular season finale will be on Friday, Jan. 22 when they travel to Del Norte to take on the Tigers.
“We beat Bayfield twice, and we don’t want to play a pigtail game. If we can win all the way through it will be a relief. You never know whats going to happen in pigtail games and that’s scary,” said Canady of the upcoming schedule. “The league is wide open now; we kind of threw a monkey wrench into it, all the games matter so much.”
The Falcons, who are in a tie with Alamosa a half game behind Pagosa Springs, have a 12-4 overall record and a 3-2 conference record. Aside from their contest with Monte Vista, the Falcons have two other IML games. They will host Bayfield on Saturday before playing their make-up game with Pagosa Springs on Friday, Feb. 22.
Lady Moose dominate Lady Pirates
ALAMOSA—The Alamosa Mean Moose girls’ basketball team rebounded from their Friday night loss and defeated the Monte Vista Pirates 47-18.
The first quarter of Saturday’s game was a closely contested game with Alamosa taking a 6-4 lead entering the second quarter.
The second quarter was a free throw shooting contest as a combined 15 free throws were taken, however, Alamosa once again won the quarter 11-10 to take a 17-14 halftime lead.
The third quarter was all Alamosa as their full court press defense held the Pirates to zero points while they forced multiple turnovers to score 18 points. Alamosa did not let up until two minutes remained in the game as they only allowed four points in the second half and they took the 47-18 IMl win.
Freshman Brooke Trujillo was the spark plug for the Mean Moose as she scored 15 points including seven in the third quarter. Sophomore Taylor Hackett also had a good game as she found herself open under the bucket several times and scored 10 points on the night. Juniors Nicole Broyles and Marissa Manzanares each scored six points while senior Blake Faucett scored five points. Freshman Elise Tolley and junior Madison Howard each had two points. Tolley led the team in the rebounding category with seven.
Monte Vista’s leading scorer was Shelby Hindes with five points while Itzel Ortiz scored four points and Alyssia Torres scored three. Terrese Sanchez and Jessica Brown scored two points while Ashley Martinez and Courtney Christiansen each scored a single point.
Lady Panthers outlast Lady Rams
SAN LUIS—The Sierra Grande Lady Panthers eventually held a 17 point lead before allowing the Centennial Lady Rams get back into the game late in the fourth quarter, however, their comeback fell short as the Panthers nabbed a 52-43 non-classification win over the Rams on Saturday afternoon here at Centennial High School.
The Panthers, who were led by seniors Brianna Archuleta and Brooke Lucero, scored 19 points in the second quarter to get a lead and 15 points in the third quarter to build up their huge lead for the win.
Archuleta scored 16 points as she was 7-of-10 from the free throw line while Lucero scored 12 points, six of them coming on two 3-pointers.
The Rams were led by Alexis Albert, who scored 18 points.
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