Pojoaque Picks Up Second Win

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By GEORGE MORSE
Valley Daily Post
 
The Pojoaque Valley High School boys basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season with its second win to improve to 2-1 on the season.
“I like where we’re at right now,” Pojoaque Coach Joey Trujillo said. “We’re finding our identity. I liked the defensive intensity. We shared the ball and made good decisions.”
The Elks came out on fire in the first quarter behind seniors James Garcia and Dominic Roybal. Garcia had nine points and Roybal eight points as Pojoaque poured in 22 points while holding Sandia Prep to just six points. Garcia added seven more points in the second quarter and Roybal six points.
The high-scoring duo combined to score 30 points in the first half as the Elks took a 41-21 lead at halftime.
The Elks extended their lead in the third quarter, quashing any chance of a comeback by the Sundevils. Isaiah Herrera scored all of his eight points in the third quarter. The Elks extended their lead to 30 points 60-30 heading into the fourth quarter.
Coach Trujillo emptied his bench and every player on Pojoaque’s roster saw playing time. Roybal finished with 18 points and Garcia 17 points. The Elks cruised to a 67-43 victory.
The Elks host Socorro High School Friday. Pojoaque competes in what may be the toughest Class 4A district in the state (2-4A). All five teams (West Las Vegas, St.                   Michael’s, Taos, Robertson, Pojoaque) in District 2-4A advanced to the Class 4A state basketball tournament last season and two advanced to the semifinals.
West Las Vegas lost to Hope Christian High School in the championship game.
Coach Trujillo believes the Elks have a schedule that will prepare them for the brutal battles in district play.
“Our schedule is very tough this year,” he said. “We’ll see a lot of different styles. We keep making our practices harder and harder so that practice is actually harder than games. We’re trying to get to that point.”

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