Pojoaque improves to 3-0

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Pojoaque improves to 3-0

By George Morse

The Pojoaque Valley High School Elks improved to 3-0 on the season with a solid 68-45 victory over the Kirtland Central High School Broncos Dec. 4 at Pojoaque. Pojoaque ran off 10 unanswered points to start the game and the Broncos never recovered.

“The team’s progressing nicely,” Pojoaque Coach Joey Trujillo said. “Our defense is solid and we’re sharing the ball.”

The Broncos couldn’t hit a shot or hold onto the ball in the first quarter. Pojoaque forced six turnovers in the first six minutes and before Pojoaque even drew a whistle the Broncos had committed five fouls.. The Elks led 16-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Pojoaque kept the pedal to the metal in the second quarter. The Elks scored the first nine points to take a commanding 25-6 lead. The Broncos tried to rally back and got to within 12 points of the Elks at 26-14. That was as close as Kirtland Central would get for the rest of the game. Devon Escobedo buried a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Pojoaque a 31-14 lead at halftime.

Tevan Flowers scored Pojoaque’s first eight points of the third quarter and the Elks maintained their 17-point lead going into the fourth quarter ahead 45-28.

Pojoaque put any chance of a comeback by the Broncos out of the picture by scoring the first seven points of the fourth quarter to open up a 24-point lead, their largest of the game. Balanced scoring by the Elks saw nine different players put points in the scorebook. Flowers had 12 points for Pojoaque and Escobedo added 11 points for the Elks.

There were no double-digit scorers for the Broncos, who fell to 0-2 on the season.

“We talked about playing defense on all 94 feet (of the court) and not just at half court,” Coach Trujillo said. “Our defense speeded the game up and took them out of their comfort zone.”

Pojoaque travels to Artesia to play in the City of Champions Tournament next week. The Elks face El Paso Austin High School Nov. 10 in the opening round.