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la junta prevails in TSJC invitational Tournament

Area teams test their mettle in a weekend full of basketball action

by David Tesitor

Raton Tiger Ethan Martinez drives the ball past Primero Bulldog Zander Lamorie in game two of the TSJC Invitational Tournament. Primero defeated Raton 60-29. Photo by David Tesitor

TRINIDAD — With six area teams in the WJ coverage area in the TSJC Invitational Tournament, in an effort to be fair in coverage, we are offering a summary analysis for teams outside the top four teams in both the boys’ and girls’ brackets. Refer to the scoring summary to see the final results. In the end, the La Junta boys and girls swept the finals. Second place went to the Springer girls and Manitou Springs boys. Third place went to the Trinidad girls and Primero boys. (See scoring summary for all final scores).

One of the most exciting games of the tournament was the girl’s championship. La Junta and Springer went onto double overtime before the game was settled with the Tigers on top 59-54. Springer took a three point lead into the locker room at the half and a 45-29 point lead entering the final quarter. La Junta exploded for a 15-4 run in the final eight minutes to take the game into overtime. Red Devil, Hannah Burton had 13 points in regulation and five in OT, but it was not enough. The following is a brief daily summary of all games played.

Springer Red Devil, Alicia Arias passes off the ball between two Bobcat defenders in Game 3. Springer defeated Custer County 53-37 and went on to face La Junta in the Championship round. Photo by David Tesitor

John Mall vs Trinidad Boys Day 1

Trinidad Miners Lawrence Sandoval and Ray Garcia each had 12 points on route to the Miners victory over John Mall in day one of the tournament, sending Trinidad into the championship brackets and the John Mall Panthers into the consolation rounds. The Miners opened a 15-9 first quarter lead then shut down the Panthers in the second taking a 33-15 lead into the locker room at the half before cruising to victory. Alejandro Morales scored nine for the Panthers.

John Mall vs Trinidad Girls Day 1

The Trinidad Miners had little trouble when they took on the John Mall Panthers shutting down the Panther offense and holding them to 21 points. Leading 29-10 at the half, the Panthers could not make a comeback run. AriOnna Medina of JM was the game’s leading scorer with 13 points. For the Miners, Justis Dionisio scored 12 while teammate Kaylee Chavez scored seven.

Hoehne Farmer Galvin Barker drives past La Junta Tiger, Dyson Oquist in first game action.. La Junta won the game 58-37. Photo by David Tesitor

Hoehne vs La Junta Boys Day 1

The Farmers struggled against the La Junta Tigers in their first game as they failed to advance to the championship brackets. Trailing by a score of 32-19, the Farmer offense scored four points in the third to the Tiger’s seven. In the fourth, La Junta shut down Hoehne scoring 19 points for an easy win. Drew Santisteven and Cameron Thornton were high scorers with nine points apiece. Santisteven hit three 3-point buckets.

Hoehne vs La Junta Girls Day 1

In their first game of the tournament, the Farmers lost to La Junta despite 13 third quarter points from Shaelyn Walton. In the game, Walton scored 16 points with limited playing time. Kamryn Baca-Cordova was next high scorer with seven. Trailing 13-11 after one, the Tigers outscored Hoehne 19-5 in the second to take a 31-16 lead at the half. Hoehne exploded with 16 third quarter points to trail by four going into the final quarter before losing.

Primero vs Raton Boys Day 1

Vince Damelio of Primero tied the Raton Tigers with his high of 29 points in the first game of the tournament as the Bulldogs held the Tigers to only 13 first half points to their 28. Raton could not get on track all afternoon as Primero pressed the Tigers, forcing several turnovers. Bulldog Joey Archuletta scored 11. High scorers for Raton included Aden Vanderwater with nine and Darien Lewis, also with nine that included three 3-pointers.

Primero vs Raton Girls Day 1

Raton put up 23 points in the second half to pull away from Primero to claim victory. Primero was shut down in the third with only four points which allowed Raton to pull away. Tiger Baylor Walton was high scorer with 10 points and teammate Melanie Lujan scored eight. For Primero, Kristen Martinez scored nine and Andie Ortega scored eight.

John Mall vs Custer County Boys Day 2

The Panthers shut down the Custer County Bobcats in the second half of their game on Friday to claim victory and move the Panthers into the consolation finals against Hoehne. Trailing by one point after the first quarter and tied at half with 24 points apiece, the Panthers held the Bobcats to eight second half points. Leading the Panthers was Alejandro Morales with 13 points, Nikko Vallejos with eight and Lawrence Sandoval with seven. John Mall vs Custer County Girls Day 2

The Lady Panthers lost their second game to Custer County as they continued to struggle offensively. Trailing 20-8 at the half, the Panthers could not come back. AriOnna Medina scored 13 of the Panthers 27 points in the game.

Raton’s Baylor Walton threads the needle as she goes between Ally Garduno and Jamielynn Vallejos of Trinidad Saturday evening at the 2017 TSJC Tourney. Photo by Holly Mayfield

Hoehne vs Raton Boys Day 2:

The Farmers defeated Raton as the Farmer offense came alive. Federico Orozco scored 24 of the team’s 54 points; Santisteven hit 11. The game was closer than the final outcome as the two teams were tied at nine after the first. Hoehne led 24-19 at the half, but it was the strong Farmer offense scoring 13 points in the third and holding the Tigers to only four that put the game away.

Hoehne vs Primero Girls Day 2:

In their second game against Primero, Shaelyn Walton exploded with 27 of the team’s 55 points. Kamryn Cordova-Baca and Averie Navarrete each had 11 points. Leading at the half by the score of 43-27, the Farmers defense shut down Primero in the third period, holding the Dogs to four points to pull away. Kristen Martinez was the Bulldog leading scorer with 20. Primero vs La Junta Boys Day 2 The Bulldogs struggled against La Junta in day two, being held to only 29 points. The Bulldogs trailed by six after one and by 10 at the half and could not catch up in the second. Vince Damelio, Antonio Cordova and Joey Archuleta each scored six for the

Primero. Trinidad vs Raton Boys Day 2

The Raton Tigers got 31 points from Cole Sienknect as the Tigers defeated Trinidad to move into the championship finals. The Tigers led 14-5 after one and 24-12 at the half before putting the game away in the third. For Trinidad, Anthony Amador was the team’s high scorer, hitting three 3-point shots.

John Mall vs Primero Girls Day 3

The John Mall Panthers took seventh place in the tournament with a victory over the Primero Bulldogs 43-36. The Panthers opened a 14-10 point first quarter lead and a 26-23 at the half. In spite of four 3-point shots and 23 points from Kristen Martinez, the Panthers leashed in the rest of the Bulldog pack. Cassidy Dotter led the Panthers with 17 points while AriOnna Medina had 10.

Raton vs Custer County Boys Day 3

The Raton Tigers got on the winning track as they defeated Custer County to claim seventh place. The Tigers led the entire game, pulling ahead by seven at the half and a ten point lead going into the final quarter. Ismail TaFocia came in to play in the final game and was the leading scorer for Raton with 12. Reyes Argon scored 11.

Hoehne vs John Mall boys Day 3

In the game for fifth place, the Hoehne Farmers and John Mall boys gave the fans plenty of offense as the two teams combined for 131 total points in the contest. Three players from each school scored double digits. For the Farmers, Freddie Orozco scored 19, Drew Santisteven had 13 and Nick Navarrete 10. For John Mall, Niko Vallejos scored 17, and Phillip Valdez and Alejandro Morales each had 11 points. The Farmers led at the half by 14 points and were able to stop the Panther charge in the third quarter to hold onto the 69-62 win.

Hoehne vs Custer Girls Day 3

The Lady Farmers took fifth place behind Shaelyn Walton’s 19 points and Kamryn Baca-Cordova’s 12 to take a 47-35 victory. The Farmers controlled the game from the opening tip and subbed the nonstarters in the last quarter to give them game experience.

Primero vs Trinidad boys Day 3

Primero came from behind in the fourth quarter to outscore Trinidad 15-6 to force overtime in a battle to determine third place. The Bulldogs then outlasted the Miners to take the 59-54 point victory. Vince Damelio scored 21 points for Primero while Isiah Vigil scored 18 points including four on overtime.

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