By George Morse
Espanola Valley High School
The Sundevils improved to 5-1 on the season with a 64-38 victory over Santa Fe Indian School Dec. 12 in the opening round of the Al Armendariz tournament in Santa Fe. It was Espanola’s second win over the Braves in two days. The Sundevils defeated the Braves 81-56 Dec. 10 at Espanola. The Sundevils have a big test Friday when they face Armendariz tournament host Capital High School in the semifinals at 6:30 pm. The Jaguars, formerly strong district rivals of the Sundevils, are 4-1 on the season. Capital’s lone loss this season was to Santa Fe High School 48-46 in overtime Dec. 7 in the championship game of the Capital City tournament at Santa Fe High.
The Espanola Valley girls basketball team is now 3-2 on the season after defeating Clovis High School 51-37 in the opening round of the Rio Rancho tournament Dec. 12 at Rio Rancho High School. The Lady Sundevils face host Rio Rancho High School Friday at 7 pm.
Pojoaque Valley High School
The Pojoaque Valley High School girls basketball team beat West Las Vegas High School 64-53 in the opening round of the Alice King tournament Dec. 12 at Moriarty High School. The Elkettes are now 4-1 on the season. Pojoaque’s only loss was a heartbreaker 49-48 to St. Pius X High School Dec. 6 at St. Pius when a foul was called on the Elkettes with less than a second (.7) left in the game. Pojoaque will face a yet to be determined opponent Friday in the tournament semifinals
The Pojoaque boys basketball team is 2-5 on the season. The Elks lost to host Belen High School in the opening round of the Hub City tournament 39-37 on a tip in just before the final buzzer. It was Pojoaque’s third tough loss this season. The Elks lost to Gallup 65-61 Dec. 3 where late turnovers and missed free throws cost the Elks the game. The other tough loss was 63-62 loss to Sandia Prep School Dec. 6 in the semifinals of the Sandia Prep Sundevil Invitational. Pojoaque held a 62-61 lead with .6 seconds left in the game. Sandia Prep’s Cooper McWilliams was fouled. He missed both free throws, but rebounded his second miss and threw the ball off the backboard and it went through the basket just before the final buzzer to give Sandia a 63-62 victory. Pojoaque lost to St. Michael’s High School 69-51 Dec. 10 at Pojoaque. Pojoaque plays Miyamura High School Friday at 4:30 pm in the consolation round.
McCurdy Charter School
The McCurdy Charter School boys basketball team beat Dexter High School 55-31 in the opening round of the Tularosa tournament Dec. 12 at Tularosa High School. The Bobcats are 2-1 on the season. McCurdy lost to Escalante High School 77-65 in their opening game Nov. 30 at Escalante. The Bobcats beat Santa Fe Prep School 57-29 Dec. 7 at McCurdy. The Bobcats face Tularosa High School Friday in the Tularosa tournament.
The McCurdy Lady Bobcats were idle this week. They return to action Dec. 19 in the opening round of the Ben Lujan tournament at Pojoaque Valley High School against an opponent yet to be determined. The Lady Bobcats are 2-2 on the season.