Dulce Boys Beat Cuba In The Quarterfinals, Fall To Pecos In Semis At State

Dulce’s Anfernee Callado
Dulce’s Anfernee Callado. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Dulce Boys Beat Cuba In The Quarterfinals, Fall To Pecos In Semis At State

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

Dulce High School’s run at the 2017 Class 3A boys state basketball tournament ended in the state semifinals with a 71-51 loss to top-seeded Pecos High School March 9 at the Santa Ana Star Center. The two teams had met earlier in the season in the championship game of the Northern Rio Grande tournament Jan. 7 at Pojoaque Valley High School. Pecos had won that game 66-48 by overcoming a slow start and pulling away in the second half. The second meeting in the state semifinals followed a similar script.

Dulce’s Anfernee Callado drives to the basket against Cuba. Callado scored 32 points in the Hawks 94-76 victory over the Rams. Photo by George Morse for teh Valley Daily Post

Dulce jumped out to a 7-0 lead against the Panthers at the Star Center, only to have Pecos make a 14-1 run in the last four minutes of the first quarter. Pecos, known for preferring a fast pace and having the depth of players to keep it up the entire game, poured it on in the second quarter to take a 35-18 lead at halftime. Dulce tried to make up ground in the third quarter and outscored the Panthers 18-13, but still trailed by 12 points 48-36 going into the fourth quarter. Pecos, who shot a sizzling 58-percent from the field in the second half and had a 40-22 advantage on the boards, pulled away in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 23 points before settling for a 20-point victory.

Pecos had five players score in double figures, led by Mario Archuleta’s 20 points. Tyrese Morgan was the only player to score in double figures for Dulce, finishing with 18 points.

Dulce’s Tyrese Morgan scored 23 points against Cuba. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

The Hawks had advanced to the semifinals by defeating Cuba High School 94-76 in an action-packed game in the Class 3A quarterfinals March 8 at Bernalillo High School. Both teams, normally local rivals, had not met during the regular season. The Rams and the Hawks both favored a fast-paced, pressing style of play and the first half was played at a breakneck pace with both teams moving up-and-down the court in the blink of an eye, scoring almost at will.

The first half featured a scintillating performance by Dulce’s Anfernee Callado. Cuba took an early 14-9 lead. Dulce erased that lead with an 8-0 run that started with a basket by Morgan, followed by a three-pointer from Scott Chavez. Callado finished it off with an old-fashioned, three-point play that gave the Hawks a 17-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the game was played at warp speed with the two teams evenly splitting 62 points. Callado gave the Hawks a 37-33 lead with a three-pointer. The Rams came back to take a 42-39 lead after a basket by Micah Castillo. Callado nailed a three-pointer to put Dulce ahead 44-42. Cuba’s Koby Aragon answered with a three-pointer that put the rams up 45-44 with time running out in the first half. Callado quickly drove downcourt, pulled up behind the three-point arc and launched a bomb while surrounded by Cuba players. His shot hit nothing but net and he was fouled. Callado made the ensuing free throw to complete a four-point play and give Dulce a 48-45 lead at halftime.

Callado finished the first half with 19 points. Cuba’s Aragon nearly matched him with 17 points.

Dulce’s Tyreek Redwine goes to the basket against Cuba. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

In the third quarter, the Hawks launched an aerial assault that bombed the Rams into submission. Chavez nailed two three-pointers to give Dulce a 54-49 lead. A long bomb by Morgan made the score 59-49 in favor of Dulce. Callado then nailed back-to-back three-pointers that put Dulce ahead 67-53. By the end of the third quarter, Dulce held a 76-56 lead.

The Hawks led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter before settling for an 18-point victory. Callado finished with 32 points. Tyrese Morgan, who had sat out much of the first half in foul trouble, scored 15 points in the second half and finished with 23 points. Chavez had 14 points including four three-pointers and Tyreek Redwine scored 11 points for Dulce.

Aragon finished with 20 points to lead the Rams.

Dulce finished the season 21-7 overall. The Hawks were seeded fourth going into the Class 3A boys state tournament