Mean Moose varsity basketball player Ryan Martinez, left, helped lead Alamosa to a 54-39 win over the Bayfield Wolverines. Samuel Bilderbeck, second from right, was another valuable player during Thursday’s home game.
Courier photo by Rudy Herndon
ALAMOSA — With less than four minutes to go, the first group of onlookers began to walk away from an ongoing boys’ basketball game that pitted the Alamosa Mean Moose against the Bayfield Wolverines.
By that time, they may have thought it was a forgone conclusion that Alamosa’s hometown heroes would prevail, given their sizeable lead over the Wolverines. And as the remaining minutes gave way to seconds, those premonitions turned out to be spot-on.
The final score of Thursday night’s home game was 54-39 in the Moose’s favor.
Ryan Martinez and Zachary Meyer scored the team’s first wins of the night, and Cody Garcia helped push it ahead during the first quarter. Meyer returned for an encore dunk, followed by Ethan Caton.
But the Wolverines bounced back at the top of the second quarter, and put in a strong team effort that erased the Moose’s narrow lead at that point.
For every impressive shot that Caton, Martinez and Samuel Bilderbeck made, the Wolverines had them matched.
By the end of the first half, the teams were tied 23-23.
The Moose regained their footing in the third quarter, with strong contributions from Martinez, Meyer and Bilderbeck.
At the 34-second mark, they led the Wolverines by 42-32. It didn’t seem like there was much else they could do in the final seconds of the quarter.
But then, Bailey Garcia stepped forward, and delivered what could have been the biggest thrill of the night. With just one second left over, Garcia tossed the ball, and it landed exactly where it should have.
The crowd roared.
The Wolverines never quite recovered from that point onward.
For the first few minutes of the final quarter, the game seemed to be all about Bilderbeck, whose perfectly executed shots propelled the Moose toward their victory.
Some fans were already starting to leave when Clayton Brubacher made a name for himself with two equally perfect shots in a row.
The team as a whole continued to keep the Wolverines on the defensive, and with just over one minute left to go, Noah Sellman got in the final two shots of the night.
Mean Moose Head Coach Brandon Brubacher praised the Wolverines for their strong defense, which held Alamosa at bay for a good part of the game.
“I think that Bayfield came out and played a really strong first half,” he said. “They’re a good team and they’re well-coached. They did a good job on defense.”
But he was even more impressed with the Moose as a whole for their team effort during the second half.
“I’m just proud of our guys,” Brubacher said. “Our seniors especially … They put a lot of hard work into this.”