Roundup: Roswell, SFHS bat­tle for boys ti­tle

Santa Fe New Mexican - - SPORTS - By James Bar­ron jbar­[email protected]­i­can.com

It will be the re­match few peo­ple thought about and the matchup that came nine months too late for Cham­pi­onship Satur­day at the Bobby Ro­driguez Cap­i­tal City Tour­na­ment in Santa Fe High’s Toby Roy­bal Memo­rial Gym­na­sium.

While the city buzzed about a po­ten­tial re­match be­tween in­tracity ri­vals Santa Fe High and Cap­i­tal for the boys ti­tle, the Roswell Coy­otes in­stead will play the Demons’ foil for the tro­phy after beat­ing Cap­i­tal 68-66 in a a semi­fi­nal. Santa Fe High, mean­while, over­came a 30-point per­for­mance from Va­len­cia’s Gar­rett Wade to se­cure a 71-56 win in the evening game.

The two teams played on the fi­nal day of last year’s tour­na­ment, which had a round-robin for­mat, and the Coy­otes beat the Demons 55-52 for the ti­tle. The cham­pi­onship game is sched­uled for 7 p.m. Satur­day.

Mean­while, the girls ti­tle game matches Las Ve­gas Robert­son against Por­tales, two for­mer Class 4A foes split apart by the lat­est round of clas­si­fi­ca­tion and align­ment this sum­mer. The two teams were on a col­li­sion course to face each other for the state ti­tle last year, un­til Po­joaque Val­ley upset the Lady Cardinals 58-52 in the 4A quar­ter­fi­nals.

Both teams re­turn a sig­nif­i­cant por­tions of last year’s ros­ter. Robert­son beat Dis­trict 2-3A ri­val Santa Fe In­dian

School, 58-44, in a semi­fi­nal, while Por­tales rolled over host Santa Fe High, 49-25 in the other semi­fi­nal.

SFIS and the De­mon­ettes will play for third place at 2 p.m. Satur­day, while the girls cham­pi­onship is at 5 p.m.

Boys

SEMI­FI­NALS SANTA FE HIGH 71, VA­LEN­CIA 56

The Demons re­lied on their pres­sure de­fense, and it forced 23 turnovers. It was enough to help the Demons with­stand a 13-0 run. The Va­len­cia Jaguars (3-2) got within 42-37 on Wade’s cor­ner 3-pointer with 3:52 left. He had 12 points dur­ing the spurt.

Santa Fe High re­sponded with an 11-2 run fu­eled by three turnovers and six points from guard An­to­nio Lo­vato. He was one of four play­ers to reach dou­ble fig­ures with 13 points.

“[Wade] played re­ally well, which was good for us be­cause it tested us,” Demons head coach Zack Cole said. “Right when the game was about to get away, he turned it on and kept us close. It put us in a sit­u­a­tion where we had to take care of the ball down the stretch and make free throws. We didn’t re­bound well, but we re­bounded well down the stretch.”

Cruz Martinez led Santa Fe High (5-0) with 18 points, in­clud­ing three 3s in the first quar­ter. The Demons used a 16-4 run to take a 28-17 lead head­ing into the sec­ond. Chris­tian Ka­vanaugh added 15 points and Fe­donta “J.B.” White had 10.

CON­SO­LA­TION SEMI­FI­NALS ST. MICHAEL’S 59, ALAMOGORDO 48 The Horse­men (2-1) found them­selves down 28-26 at the half, but outscored the Tigers 35-20 in the sec­ond half to ad­vance to the con­so­la­tion cham­pi­onship. They will face Santa Fe In­dian School at 12:30 p.m. Satur­day.

St. Michael’s lived at the free-throw line in the fourth quar­ter, hit­ting 10 of 16 to keep Alamogordo at bay. Hay­den Lee was a per­fect 4-for-4 and had six of his 11 points in the fourth. He was one of six play­ers who scored at least seven points. Lee was only one to reach dou­ble fig­ures as the Horse­men showed scor­ing depth. Thomas Wood had five of his nine points in the sec­ond quar­ter as St. Michael’s ral­lied from a 16-9 first-quar­ter deficit.

The Tigers (0-4) take on Los Alamos for sev­enth place at 9:30 a.m. Satur­day.

SANTA FE IN­DIAN SCHOOL 53, LOS ALAMOS 40

The Braves (1-1) were forced to be me­thod­i­cal against the more de­lib­er­ate Hill­top­pers, but a 16-5 first-quar­ter lead held up. SFIS’ James Bridges scored nine of his 17 points in the open­ing quar­ter, and Ja­son Abeyta had 11 of his 15 points in the sec­ond half. An­ders Pe­cos added 10 for the Braves.

Gavin Cam­pos led Los Alamos (0-5) with 11 points, and nine came in the sec­ond half.

Girls

SEMI­FI­NALS LAS VE­GAS ROBERT­SON 58, SFIS 44

The Lady Cardinals are just two games into the Jose “Ma­jic” Me­d­ina era, but he likes what he sees. Against a team that has as­pi­ra­tions of chal­leng­ing for dis­trict supremacy, Robert­son (2-0) dom­i­nated.

The only hic­cup came when the Lady Braves went on a 7-1 run to open the sec­ond half. They crept to within 25-22. The Lady Cardinals re­sponded with an 8-0 spurt capped by an Alianza Dar­ley steal and layup for 33-22 mid­way through the quar­ter.

“We took a time­out and tried to re­or­ga­nize our­selves and get our [de­fen­sive] ro­ta­tions go­ing again,” Me­d­ina said. “And we had to start fo­cus­ing again. Once we started fo­cus­ing and mak­ing the right passes, we were able to build our lead back up again.”

Jazmyne Jenk­ins led the Lady Cardinals with 21 points, and 13 came after the break, while Dar­ley added 16. Franki Chavez led SFIS (2-1) with 13 points.

POR­TALES 49, SANTA FE HIGH 26

The Lady Rams jumped out to a 23-5 lead and never saw it shrink to less than 13 points. The De­mon­ettes strug­gled to score with­out lead­ing scorer Tay­lor Salazar.

Santa Fe High (2-3) got seven points from An­gelie Griego, while Por­tales’ (2-3) Haylee Rippee scored 17 points in the paint.

CON­SO­LA­TION SEMI­FI­NALS ST. MICHAEL’S 40, VA­LEN­CIA 35

The Lady Horse­men en­dured a phys­i­cal, turnover-plagued bat­tle with the Lady Jaguars to ad­vance to the con­so­la­tion cham­pi­onship against Los Alamos at 11 a.m. Satur­day.

The teams com­bined for 43 fouls, which St. Michael’s (3-3) used to its ad­van­tage to get to the line 41 times, hit­ting 23 bas­kets. Joe­lyn Fer­nan­dez was an ef­fi­cient 12 for 16 from the line and had a team-high 17 points. Ha­ley Gar­cia and Carisa Padilla each had nine.

Deasha Gar­cia led Va­len­cia (0-5) with 15 points.

LOS ALAMOS 41, CAP­I­TAL 40

Becca Green banked a free throw with 3 sec­onds left to break a 40-all tie. It al­most wasn’t the only thing she broke.

“That thing al­most broke the back­board,” Los Alamos head coach Lanse Carter said.

Green, a 5-foot-11 post, fin­ished with 16 points to lead Los Alamos (2-3). Cap­i­tal’s (2-4) Ethena Silva and Heaven Arcin­iega each scored 10.

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