The work-in-progress Mora boys basketball team will take a win in its building process.
Mora (2-1) trailed by seven points with less than 2 minutes left in the third-place game of the Taos Invitational, but a trapping defense changed momentum and allowed the Rangers to escape with a 62-59 win over Wingate on Saturday in Otero Gymnasium.
The comeback was complete when Lorenzo Chavez found Cody Najar for a transition basket and a 61-59 lead with :10 left. Americk Vasquez added a free throws to ice the win.
“I was proud of our kids for not quitting,” said James Branch, Rangers head coach. “We are a work in progress but I thought we’d be further along. A work in progress with a win is fine by me, though.”
Najar finished with 28 points, while Chavez added 17 and Vasquez 10. Wingate, which outscored Mora 17-7 in the third quarter for a 51-47 lead, were led by A.D. Jim with 13 and Kyle James with 11.
Miyamura 52, Santa Fe Prep 37
The Patriots jumped out to a 19-9 lead after a quarter and then made the Blue Griffins (6-1) chase them with their stall tactics on their way to the Rehoboth Tournament championship.
Miyamura outscored Prep 5-3 in the second quarter for a 24-12 lead before extending the margin to 37-21 entering the final quarter.
Diego Perea led Prep with 11 points and made the all-tournament team along with teammate D.J. Casados.
Monte del Sol 65, Navajo Pine 60
The Dragons (2-2) trailed by eight points in the fourth quarter of the Bosque Shootout round-robin tournament, but the play of Omar Ndiaye saved them. He hit a couple of 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead the team.
Monte del Sol made the charge even with junior guard Denis Mares plagued with four fouls. He finished with 12 points.
“What kinda hurt us was the foul trouble,” said Nick Rivera, Dragons head coach. “When we played our game and our style and attacked the basket, we would get to the free-throw line and score. But there were times where we had to change the personnel and make some adjustments.”
Piedra Vista 66, Los Alamos 42
The Hilltoppers started off hot, taking an 8-0 lead, but the Panthers quickly regained control and cruised to the nondistrict win in Griffith Gymnasium.
Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said his team’s perimeter defense was inconsistent, and Piedra Vista made them pay.
“We weren’t closing out good and they got off on the 3-point line,” Dominguez said. “I think half of their field goals were 3-pointers. Some of them were contested but other times we just didn’t recover in time.”
The Hilltoppers dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Santa Fe Preparatory 62, Desert Academy 17
The Blue Griffin of 2012-13 are playing the way head coach Anika Amon thought they would last year.
This edition pushed the pace and forced the Lady Wildcats into a plethora of turnovers in staking Prep (3-1) to a 20-2 lead after a quarter and 34-8 at the half.
“Our press was effective in the first quarter and we were able to back off that and try to run off the ball a little more,” Amon said.
Desiray Anderson had a team-high 15 points, and grabbed seven rebounds to go with seven steals. Bianca Gonzales added 10. Tori Heath had six points to lead Desert Academy.
Coronado 54, Mesa Vista 47
Arianna Chacon scored eight of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Lady Leopards.
Brandy Valdez pumped in 18 points and had four rebounds to keep Mesa Vista in it, but it was undone by tepid free-throw shooting and its inability to handle Coronado’s press in the fourth quarter.
Mesa Vista (1-2) was just 8 of 28 from the charity stripe, as the Lady Leopards clinched it with a 16-9 fourth-quarter run.
“We just fell apart,” said Josh Archuleta, Lady Trojans head coach. “And we were leaving too many points on the board. We paid for it in the end.”