The Rams rally to beat the Mustangs
January 10—PORTALES — On paper, it appeared like a lock.
However as ESPN’s Chris Berman says, that is why they play the video games.
The Portales Excessive boys had two strong wins within the Portales Shootout on the Ram Athletic Middle and thought that they had little bother with a struggling Andrews workforce this season.
In fact, that was not the case. The Rams gained 55-48 on Saturday night time after wiping an eight-point deficit with a 16-0 streak to start out the ultimate quarter.
Senior guard Davian Lucero used 14 free throws on 11 and had 21 factors for the Rams (10-7), who shot 23 on 17 from the road on the final quarter and 24 on 35 total.
“Our legs have been drained,” stated Lucero, who scored 12 factors within the interval, 10 to eight, 8 from the road. “Coach (Randy McBroom) was like, ‘It’s a must to be robust if you wish to win this sport.’ Within the fourth quarter, we turned the state of affairs round.”
Till the final eight minutes, the entire world appeared as if the Mustangs (6-14), who misplaced the primary two within the match, have been going to spoil the celebration.
“They outperformed us within the first three quarters,” McBroom stated. “We talked about it being a matter of hardness.”
Andrews took a 5-0 lead and was solely briefly behind twice, each by two factors, till the ultimate episode. Veteran guard Ashton Galvan’s three-pointer with 4 seconds left introduced the state of affairs 41-33 after three stanzas.
“I do not suppose we are able to win this sport firstly of the season,” stated Lucero. “However we’re taking part in effectively on the proper time, the zone is approaching.”
Sophomore ahead Paxton Culpepper added 12 factors and senior guard Xodus Gomez added 10 for Portales, who’s again in motion at Texico subsequent Tuesday. Veteran ahead Steven “Bubba” Hernandez had three 3-pointers and 15 factors to maintain up with Andrews.
Portales 55, Cathedral 44 (Friday) – The Rams have been strong in getting the job accomplished towards Preventing Irish, with a strong win over Pojoaque on Thursday night time.
Culpepper scored 5 factors and Gomez and Lucero 4 every, and PHS opened the sport with a 13-4 burst from the third quarter, main by 16 factors. Lucero scored 13 factors within the competitors, whereas Culpepper added three triples and 12 factors.
“We performed a extremely good basketball workforce two nights in a row,” McBroom stated after the win. “They (the Coaches) are beginning to reap among the rewards for his or her exhausting work.
“They’re an excellent boy group. They play exhausting, they play for one another and it is nice.”
Culpepper and junior Zane Mayberry every had seven rebounds for the Rams, whereas Lucero and sophomore Jase Hightower added 5 steals. Gomez had 4 assists and 4 steals.
Veteran ahead Max Pina and veteran Diego Perez each scored 10 factors for Cathedral (10-12 after shedding to Pojoaque on Saturday).
Carlsbad 43, Portales ladies 33 (Friday) — In between Shootout video games on the RAC, the visiting Cavegirls (13-2) scored 16 factors over 1.8m veteran striker Allie Myers.
Carlsbad restricted the Woman Rams (7-8) to seven second-half tally, all coming within the ultimate canto, to clear a three-point halftime hole.
“He is tall and might bounce,” stated PHS ladies’ coach Wade Fraze of Myers, who missed his total junior season with an harm. “Our boys performed nice within the first half, however the wheels fell aside within the third quarter.”
Senior Mariana Sepulveda added 11 factors for Carlsbad, who completed sixth in Class 5A. Sophomore guard Myleigh Banda had 13 factors and 5 rebounds, whereas sophomore Angel Ornelas led the workforce with 4 assists and 5 steals.
The following spherical for PHS is Friday night time’s house date with Tucumcari.
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