Class 5A BOYS (with bracket)
RIO RANCHO — Prime-seeded Cleveland ousted Santa Fe from the boys state basketball event for the second 12 months in a row, because the Storm defeated the Demons 60-49 within the Class 5A quarterfinals on Tuesday night time.
Cleveland (12-1) is within the state semifinals for the fourth time in seven years, and the Storm face District 1-5A rival Atrisco Heritage (9-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cleveland.
There was a time that the eighth-seeded Demons (9-4) seemed like they have been going to spoil that outstanding streak, even after a 12-0 second-quarter run by Cleveland had Santa Fe down by a dozen, after which simply seven factors (25-18) at halftime.
A 15-9 Demons benefit within the third quarter, when Paul Lovato scored six of these factors contained in the paint, whittled the host’s result in 34-33 coming into the fourth quarter.
Lovato had an opportunity to offer the Demons their first lead since they scored the sport’s first seven factors, however his shot missed. Nate Hasberry of the Storm grabbed the rebound and Evan Gonzales’s off-balance shot on the different finish made it 36-33.
Diego Ortiz’s bucket for Santa Fe made it a one-point sport once more, however the Storm then went on a 14-4 run over the subsequent three minutes and maintained a lead of no less than six factors the remainder of the way in which.
The Demons have been attempting to win the competition from behind the arc, the place Cruz Martinez and Cody Garcia every sank a pair of 3s — however the Demons missed (unofficially) 16 of their tries from 3-point vary.
In the meantime, led by senior Gonzales’ three 3s — accounting for the one 3s his staff would want en path to a game-high 23 factors — Cleveland solely missed 5 from behind the arc, preferring to bang it inside to seniors Hasberry, who completed with 18 factors, and Tre Watson, who added 12.
“I are available right here each night time simply attempting to get the ‘W’,” Gonzales stated. “Tonight I used to be discovering my open spots and knocking them down. … My teammates do a fantastic job of discovering me once I’m open.”
Lovato led the Demons with 16 factors; Garcia completed with 15 and Martinez had 12.
Down the stretch and determined to cut back the deficit, Santa Fe resorted to fouling, and the Storm made the Demons pay, scoring their last eight from the foul line.
“You recognize what? They’re an excellent staff,” Storm coach Sean Jimenez stated of the Demons. “That is actually a ‘Pit sport.’ … It’s not going to be cookies and Kool-Assist.”
As for Gonzales, Jimenez stated, “He stepped up. And that’s what we’ve been ready for all 12 months.”
No. 4 ATRISCO HERITAGE 70, No. 5 SANDIA 55: Danny Brown, Sandia coach, fretted about Atrisco Heritage’s capturing, and for good motive.
The Jaguars rained 3-pointers on Brown’s Matadors — 13 in all, together with a flurry of them within the second half to realize management — and fourth-seeded Atrisco Heritage beat No. 5 Sandia 70-55 on Tuesday night time in a quarterfinal.
The Jaguars (9-2) are at No. 1 Cleveland (12-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday within the semifinals. Atrisco Heritage handed the Storm its solely loss, on April 23.
“After we hit like that,” Atrisco Heritage coach Adrian Ortega stated, “it’s gonna be onerous to beat us.”
Senior guard Isaiah Brooks had eight of these 3s and completed with a team-best 31 factors for Atrisco Heritage.
With the sport 33-32 for the Jaguars early within the second half, they started pouring it in from past the arc, a lot to Sandia’s chagrin, significantly since Atrisco Heritage on a number of events hit a 3 after first grabbing an offensive rebound on a earlier shot to increase the journey.
“That’s how you already know this staff has an enormous coronary heart,” Brooks stated. “We play for each rebound, each hustle play.”
Brooks began the barrage with a 3 for a 36-32 lead. Then teammates Javier Mendoza and Tony Pacheco hit from lengthy vary. Then Brooks once more, after which Chris Parra.
These have been all the sphere targets Atrisco Heritage made in a 15-4 run that put the Jags in entrance 48-36. And Sandia (9-2) didn’t significantly threaten once more.
“The staff performed onerous tonight, we executed tonight,” stated Brooks. “We mainly did what we needed to do.”
Stated Ortega: “For me, I feel it was our protection. We did an excellent job on (Sean) Johnson, and we made some changes in transition within the second half. And our protection makes our offense go.”
Johnson, Sandia’s main scorer, completed with 23 factors. However lots of these factors got here after the sport was determined.
The Matadors led briefly within the first half, however 3-pointers — two by Brooks, one other by Deion Padilla — put Atrisco Heritage into the lead, the place it stayed the remainder of the sport.
“On the finish of the day, our youngsters must execute our sport plan, which they did to a ‘T’,” Ortega stated.
— James Yodice
Class 4A BOYS (with bracket)
NO. 1 Del Notre 43, NO. 8 Highland 30: Sophomore guard Shane Douma-Sanchez scored 14 of his game-high 21 factors within the second half to guide Class 4A’s No. 1 seed, Del Norte (10-1), previous visiting No. 8 Highland (7-4) 43-30 within the state quarterfinals on Tuesday night time.
Douma-Sanchez, who averaged 26.4 factors per sport throughout the common season, was restricted to simply seven throughout the first half because the Knights went into the locker room with a 21-15 lead.
On a couple of event, Douma-Sanchez was met by a number of Hornet defenders as he tried to penetrate into the lane, which lead to some compelled photographs and turnovers within the early going.
“They took him away. They tried to make different guys make performs,” stated Del Norte coach Jeron McIntosh. “They only made it robust. Each time he tried to get to the lane, they doubled him. He needed to cross it out and attempt to (get) it to different individuals.”
The Knights’ main scorer discovered his groove within the second half, scoring 10 consecutive factors within the third quarter — together with an off-balance 3-pointer off the glass within the waning seconds — to stake his staff to a 34-22 lead heading into the ultimate interval.
In the meantime, Highland performed with out star publish Jose Murillo (20 ppg, 15.5 rpg), who exceeded the allowed quantity of mixed video games between prep and membership basketball prior the state event. Regardless of that absence, the Hornets hung robust, getting as shut as 34-28 with 5 minutes remaining after a 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
“They performed actually onerous, (and) they made a pair runs,” McIntosh stated. “We have been capable of hold the lead and form of prolong. However each time we tried to increase the lead, they might come again and make one other run.”
The start of the top got here after that Highland run, when Douma-Sanchez whipped a cross-court cross to Estevan Vargas for an open 3 after which scored on a fast-break layup moments later for a 39-28 Del Norte lead with 2:50 to go. The Hornets scored simply as soon as the remainder of the way in which.
“Any time you need to change 20 and 10, that’s robust,” McIntosh stated in reference to Murillo’s absence. “They miss him quite a bit. Subsequent 12 months he’ll be again, and so they’ll be actually robust.”
Del Norte will play host to No. 4 seed Espanola Valley on Thursday at 7 p.m. within the 4A semis.
“This has been enjoyable,” McIntosh stated. “It’s good to have our followers right here.”
NO. 1 DEL NORTE 43, NO. 8 HIGHLAND 30
HIGHLAND (7-4): Irving Garcia 3, Jojo Woody 5, Alexis Dominguez 11, Darius Richardson 3, Gustavo Ayala 6, Fernando Hernandez 2. Totals: 12-FG 3-7 FT—30
DEL NORTE (10-1): Estevan DeVargas 3, Judah Casaus 11, Josh Tellez 5, Feathers Valencia 3, Shane Douma-Sanchez 21. Totals 16-FG 3-4-FT 43.
Highland 9 6 7 8—30
Del Norte 10 11 13 9—43
3-Level FG: H 3 (Garcia, Dominguez, Woody); D 8 (DeVargas, Casaus 2, Tellez, Valencia, Douma-Sanchez 3). Group Fouls: H 12, D 9. Fouled Out: None.