North Falls in Championship Game After Heart-Stopping Win

by Editor / Jun 05, 2019 / 0 comments
Espanola Valley High School's Ryan Trujillo had 23 points for the Northeast Large School All-Stars against the Southwest All-Stars. Northeast lost to Southwest 88-84 in the Large School championship game June 1 at Manzano High School in Albuquerque.

North Team Falls In Championship After Heart-Stopping Win

By George Morse

 The Northeast All-Star Large School Boys Basketball Team pulled off a heart-stopping 93-91 victory in the first game of the North-South All-Star series May 31 at Valley High School in Albuquerque. Northeast had rallied from 16 points down to tie the game at 91-91 with time for one more play. Northeast inbounded the ball to Espanola Valley High School’s Ryan Trujillo, who gave it up to Santa Fe High School’s Antonio Lovato. Lovato drove to the basket, then dished off to Manzano High School’s Tyler Allen, who sank the game-winner.

Northeast couldn’t duplicate the magic again in the Large School championship game June 1 at Manzano High School in Albuquerque. The Southwest Large School All-Stars hung on for an 88-84 win.

Southwest took an early lead thanks to hot three-point shooting. Rio Grande High School’s Jeramy Lopez sank a pair of three-pointers and Atrisco Heritage High School’s DeMarcus Sutphen knocked down two more to give Southeast a 14-6 lead.

The Northeast came back and Santa Fe’s Christian Kavanaugh started a 7-0 run with a three-pointer and two free throws by Lovato finished it to make the score 25-22 in favor of the Southwest. Back-to-back three-pointers by Albuquerque High School’s Devin Serrano helped keep the Southerners in front and the first half ended with Southwest holding a 44-35 lead.

In the second half, Southwest led 52-40 when Trujillo went on a run, scoring nine straight points. He started the run by sandwiching a pair of three-pointers around a pullup jumper. Northeast was trailing 60-51 when they started a surge that eventually saw them take the lead after thrice tying the game.  A putback by Trujillo tied the game at 62-62. Southwest was leading 70-67 when an old-fashioned, three-point play by La Cueva High School’s Isaiah Ortega tied the score 70-70 with 5:59 left in the game.

With 4:48 left to play, Hope Christian High School’s Isaiah Dockery hit a three-pointer from the corner to give Northeast a 75-72 lead. The Southerners answered with a key 9-0 run that began with a layup by Silver High School’s Tristin Moore on which he was fouled. He sank the ensuing free throw, his seventh in a row, to tie the score. Ruidoso High School’s Josh Romero followed with a basket. Las Cruces High School’s Marcus Scott scored on a short jumper and a basket by Moore gave Southwest an 81-75 lead.

A driving layup by Lovato got the Northerners to within one point 83-82 with 54.2 seconds left. Once again, Moore came through from the foul line, sinking a pair of free throws for an 85-82 lead with 38.3 seconds left. A turnover by Northeast led to a pair of free throws by Romero that all but sealed the win.

Trujillo finished with 23 points to lead Northeast.

“There were nothing but hard workers on this team,” he said. “It was just fun. We established a bond.”

Northeast was coached by former Espanola Valley Head Coach James Branch.

“We had a really good group of Nortenos,” he said. “We competed.”


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