Sundevils Defeat Panthers, Fall To Demons And Pirates

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Espanola's Ryan Trujillo shoots a free throw against the Grants Pirates Dec. 1 in the Al Armendariz toutnnament at Capital High Schoo. Trujillo scored an eye-poppinng 21 points in the fourth quarter and led all scorers with26 points. Grants won 60-51 to finish third in the tournament.

Sundevils Defeat Panthers, Fall to Demons and Pirates

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The Espanola Valley High School boys basketball team lost to GrantS High School 60-51 Dec. 1 to finish fourth at the Al Armendariz Tournament hosted by Capital High School in Santa Fe. Despite an incredible 21 fourth-quarter points by point guard Ryan Trujillo, Espanola could never overtake the persistent Pirates.

Taking an 11-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, Grants never trailed in the game and consistently came up with key baskets when it looked like the Sundevils were coming back. In the second quarter, the two teams kept trading basket. A three-point play by Espanola’s Justino Rascon was answered by a three-pointer by Grants’ Damen Moleres. Espanola’s Christian Azipuro countered with a three-pointer. Chancy Gallegos scored for Grants. Trujillo countered with two free throws. Isaiah Johnson had a three-pointer for the Pirates. Azipuro hit another three-pointer. After Espanola missed a chance to tie the score by missing the front end of a one-and-one, Johnson scored on a backdoor layup off a nice feed from Adrian Ortega.  Ortega then scored inside to make the score 25-19 in favor of Grants at the halftime break.

In the third quarter, the Pirates took a 33-22 lead after a three-point basket by Jeffery Jaramillo. An old-fashioned, three-point play by Gabriel Serrano cut the Pirates’ lead to eight points. Grants led 35-27 heading into the fourth quarter.

Nicholas Trujillo, Ortega and Morales all scored for Grants in the fourth quarter.  Ryan Trujillo kept answering for the Sundevils. After a Trujillo drive and layup cut the Pirates’ lead to 48-43, Moleres coolly drained a long three-pointer from the top of the key with 2:36 left in the game. That basket sparked a 7-0 run by the Pirates that put Grants in control late in the game with a 55-43 lead.

For the rest of the game, Grants seemed willing to let Trujillo take it to the basket because the Pirates always seemed able to come up with an equalizer at the other end. Trujillo had eight points in the final minute of the game, but Grants held off the Sundevils for the victory.

Ryan Trujillo led all scorers with 26 points. Azipuro had eight for Espanola. The Sundevils were without Zach Mascarenas, who did not suit up for the game. Freshman Ollie Fell injured an ankle in the first quarter and did not return to action.

Grants got balanced scoring with Ortega scoring 15 points. Nicholas Trujillo scored 14 points and Moleres 12 for the Pirates.

The Sundevils started the tournament defeating Pecos High School 74-67 Nov. 29 in the opening round. Mascarenas had 23 points for the Sundevils, while Brian Martinez scored 12 points and Rascon 10 points for Espanola. In the semifinals Nov. 30, Espanola faced a talented team from Santa Fe High School that features 6-foot, 6-inch sophomore Fedonta White. White had 23 points that included a pair of rim-rocking dunks in the first half. The Demons feasted from the perimeter and took an 82-66 victory. Santa Fe would win the tournament championship, defeating host Capital 69-62 Dec. 1 in the championship game.

                                                                                                Lady Sundevils

The Espanola Valley High School girls basketball team bounced back from an opening-round loss 50-35 to Cleveland High School and won its next two games to capture the consolation championship at the Armendariz tournament. Espanola defeated Pecos 43-36 in the consolation semifinals and then beat Grants 49-43 in the consolation championship.

Espanola's Luis Molina drives down the lane against Grants.

​Espanola's Justino Rascon shoots a jumper against Grants.

​Point guard Ryan Trujillo runs the ofense for Espanola.

​Espanola's Ryan Trujillo takes a pass from teammate Justino Rascon.

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