St. Michael’s won its fifth game in a row Saturday, crushing Las Vegas Robertson 70-39 in the final game of the round-robin St. Michael’s Invitational at Perez-Shelley Memorial Gymnasium. The Horsemen (10-6) used a 19-6 run in the second quarter to turn the game into a blowout by halftime.
Justin Flores had a game-high 12 points while Jeff Groenewold followed a 19-point outburst in Friday’s second round with 10 more against the Cardinals. Ryan Tafoya had seven points to lead Robertson, which dropped two of three games in the tournament.
In Saturday’s other game, Silver beat Bloomfield 51-39.
Santa Fe High 63, Valencia 55
In Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium, the Demons (8-9) got double-figure scoring from four players in a nondistrict win over the visiting Jaguars (4-12).
Wyatt Honstein had 18 points, Elliot Nicholas 15, Jordan Booth-Homer 13 and Preston Robinson 11 as Santa Fe High raced to an early 12-point lead and never looked back.
“We were up 31-17 at the half and I thought our effort was much better than what it has been in recent games,” said David Rodriguez, Demons head coach.
Santa Fe High opens the District 2AAAA season Wednesday at Española Valley.
Capital 60, Grants 42
At Capital, the Jaguars put the visiting Pirates to bed early with a 22-2 outburst in the second quarter. Christian Martinez led the way with a game-high 18 points as a revolving door of substitutes occupied the floor late in the second half.
Taylor Martinez added eight points and Michael Sanders seven for the Jaguars (13-2), who visited Albuquerque Academy on Tuesday, then face St. Michael’s and Española Valley to close out the week.
Santa Fe Waldorf 41, Desert Academy 31
At NMSD, the red hot Wolves (12-1) won their 11th consecutive game behind a balanced attack that saw just one player reach double-digit scoring.
Elliot Radsliff had a game-high 17 points as Waldorf opened a 23-12 lead at halftime.
Desert Academy coach Jonathan Salalzar said his team had a tough time bouncing back from an upset win over Magdalena on Friday night.
“We played an emotional game [Friday] and we came out a little flat,” he said. “I think it’s just a wake-up call for our boys. We’re still young [just one senior], but we have to realize we have to bring it out every night.”
Michael Montoya had 13 points to lead the Wildcats (6-5).
Mora 84, Mesa Vista 33
It was the Rangers’ (12-4) first game at home since their first loss to Pecos on Dec. 29, and they gave their fans a good show.
After shutting the Trojans (1-14) out in the second to enter the half up 53-10, Mora head coach James Branch said he decided to focus on not running up the score and pulled his starters for the rest of the nondistrict game.
Mora junior Cody Najar ended with 23 points for the game’s high score, followed by junior Amrick Vasquez with 17 and senior Lorenzo Chavez with 14.
Monte del Sol 66, Dulce 59
The Dragons jumped out to a 35-24 lead over the Hawks after the first two quarters that saw them in good stead.
Dulce (7-8) made a run at Monte del Sol, holding the Dragons to only 12 points to make it 47-40 at the end of the third quarter. The Hawks posted 19 points in the fourth but Monte del Sol (8-9) matched them to take the nondistrict win.
Dragons’ senior captain Dennis Mares took game-high honors with 25 points, followed by junior Antonio Tapia with 17.
Santa Fe Prep 47, Springer 45
Two free throws by junior D.J. Casados with 0.2 seconds to go in the game clinched the nondistrict win for the the Blue Griffins (14-2).
Despite trailing the Devils (7-9) most of the game, Santa Fe Prep was able to rally late in the fourth when Casados hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 45-all with 45 seconds left on the clock. The foul on Casados finished it out.
Casados and senior Tex Ritter led their team with 15 points apiece.
Springer senior Darren Montoya had the game high score with 16 points, followed by junior Joey Wade with 15.
S.F. Indian School 57, Piedra Vista 45
In Farmington, the Lady Braves got a big game from the latest in a long line of post players at its disposal in a nondistrict win over the host Lady Panthers.
Freshman RanDee Toya came off the bench in the second half, scoring eight of her 10 points to lead SFIS back from a one-point halftime deficit. The 5-foot-11 power forward spelled starter Danielle Nelson after Nelson got into foul trouble in the third quarter. Toya had three buckets in the paint and hit two free throws, putting SFIS in the lead for good.
Bridget Lee led the way with 12 points, Nelson had 11 and Victoria Lovato 10. Justina Coriz had nine. She and Lovato led the perimeter game while basically everyone else did the work inside.
At 16-2, the Lady Braves are off to their best start in Roybal’s six years with the program. The win helped them finish 5-1 in a six-game, nine-day stretch in which they played just one game at home. Their next game is Jan. 29 against Santa Fe High.
Mora 52, Mesa Vista 35
In Mora, the Rangerettes (12-2) got 18 points from Chantel Rivera, 11 from Gerty Herrera and 10 from Brianna Pacheco in a nondistrict rout of the Lady Trojans.
Mora shook off an early 9-6 deficit by using a 20-6 run in the second quarter to assume a double-digit lead at halftime. The margin grew to as many as 18 points.
Selina Siquieros had 25 points to lead Mesa Vista (8-8).
Santa Fe Prep 69, Springer 65
The Lady Red Devils (6-7) outscored the Blue Griffins 14-2 in a brutal first quarter.
Then Santa Fe Prep (7-7) proceeded to run up a total of 63 points in the last three quarters, to come within two points of Springer in the fourth. Ultimately, it came down to free throws — Springer went 21-of-30 at the line, while Santa Fe Prep was 13 for 20.
Eighth-grader Tiana Garcia led Springer with 25 points for the game’s high score.
Santa Fe Prep senior Olivia Cicci had 22 points, followed by Maddy Fort with 16.
Santa Fe Waldorf 50, Desert Academy 13
At NMSD, the Lady Wolves (6-5) made the most of limited numbers they had in a nondistrict win over the equally shorthanded Lady Wildcats.
Waldorf suited up only five players. Sophia Richard had a team-high 29 points and 18 rebounds while Keifer Nace had 13 points and five assists. Chipping in with a season-high six points was Alex Chastenet. She also grabbed eight rebounds.