Nevermind the record, just know this — the St. Michael’s boys basketball team has yet to lose to a Class AAA team.
The Horsemen faced its stiffest challenge yet, but they outmuscled Pojoaque Valley for a 41-34 win in Perez-Shelley Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday night to improve to 7-0 against AAA competition while improving to 11-6 overall.
That mark is what caught St. Michael’s head coach Ron Geyer’s eyes, especially because of the potential implications when it comes to seeding for the AAA bracket.
“Our goal is to win those games,” Geyer said.
Defense again led the Horsemen charge, as they allowed the Elks only 13 points in the second and third quarters to build a 34-24 lead. Pojoaque’s drought was exacerbated by hitting just 4 of 23 shots from 3-point range.
The Elks (9-7) battled back, though, allowing St. Michael’s (11-6) no field goals in the fourth quarter to trim the margin to four points, but what had been a Achilles’ heel for the Horsemen was their saving grace. They hit 7 of 11 free throws down the stretch.
“That was a big key for us,” Geyer said. “We were 21-for-30, and they were 6-for-10. It’s something we work on all the time, and it definitely won the game.”
Justin Flores led St. Michael’s with nine points, while Matthew Herrera had 14 for Pojoaque.
McCurdy 78, Dulce 59
So this is what a healthy Bobcats team looks like.
McCurdy used a 27-10 scoring spurt in the second quarter to open a 46-26 lead and kept pouring it on in a nondistrict game in Memorial Gymnasium. A one point, the Bobcats held a 34-point lead, and head coach Ruben Archuleta emptied the bench to avoid any bad luck.
“I didn’t want anything to happen with us up by 30,” Archuleta said. “So I emptied the bench.”
McCurdy (12-5) had a quintet of double-digit scorers, led by Daniel Arroyo’s 15 points. Allen Sandoval, Santiago Lovato and Richard Wisecarver each had 12 and Chris Serrano added 11.
Mora 61, Dulce 33
It was an encouraging sign for the Rangerettes. When all five starters can sit and watch the fourth quarter of a nondistrict game at Dulce, you know it’s a good night.
Mora led 50-18 heading into the final 8 minutes. The Lady Hawks, though, weren’t full strength.
“They were missing their stud player — Alyssa Veneno,” said Mark Cassidy, Mora head coach. “That takes a lot out of their team, so that helped.”
Chantel Rivera had a game-high 14 points for the Rangerettes, while Destiny Pacheco had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Brianna Pacheco added 11 points and 12 rebounds as Mora (13-2) dominated the paint.
Monte del Sol 34, Santa Fe Waldorf 32
The Lady Wolves (6-6) had a chance to tie the score with 3 seconds left, but Sophia Richard travelled as she attacked the basket and the Lady Dragons, who beat Waldorf 40-38 last week, escaped with another win.
The outcome might have been determined in the third quarter, as Lady Wolves guard Keifer Nace left the court with a head injury.
“It definitely hurt us getting our point guard out,” said Daniel Wendland, Waldorf head coach. “She is a vital component of our team, and it was hard for us to get into rhythm offensively.”
Monte del Sol was led by 14 points from Alyssia Lujan and 11 from Amelia Gutierrez. Richard had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Wolves.
Abq. Volcano Vista 50, Abq. Academy 19
Zero-for-13 from 3-point range was not going to do it for the Class AAAAA Lady Hawks.
So former Española Valley and Capital head coach Lisa Villareal adjusted her team’s mindset in the second half. Volcano Vistas pounded the ball into the paint and outscored the Lady Chargers 31-12 after the half in a nondistrict game.
“We told the girls, ‘We got to go inside to Ebony [Hodge] and Raven [Herrera],” Villareal said. “We need to give ourselves a break and let them attack the basket for us.”
Hannah Fenske led the Lady Hawks with 11 points, and Bianca Perez added 10.