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January 25, 2019



By David Edward Albright, TALON

After three tough losses at the Portales Tournament, Portales 62-43, Lubbock Christian 54-32 and Lovington 48-42, the Tiger Boys Basketball Varsity faced local 5-A opponents.

On January 17 Scorpion Gym was loud and rockin' before the playing of a recorded version of the National Anthem sung by Farmington High student and now national celebrity, Chevel Shepherd. Aztec starters, Anthony Rios, Gabe Wood, Mikey Phillips, Dom Faverino and Javier Valenzuela came out with high-energy and a tough defense demonstrated by a steal by Valenzuela and a three by Wood for the first points of the game. Valenzuela scored on a nice touch mid-range jumper, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead. Highly-active Farmington coach, Jay Collins, took a timeout and the pace soon changed for the Scorpions---now in a full-court press.

The trend of the game was established at the outset of quarter two, with two steals and easy layups by Farmington, taking a 15-11 lead, and forcing an Aztec Coach Matt Steinfeldt to call timeout, then get his team into a press.

Final quarter began with Tigers down, 49-23. Wood finessed a beautiful bounce pass inside to Rios, who layed it in. Valenzuela drove the lane but missed the sweet spot on the board. Phillips dropped in a pretty, high-arching left-handed three, but Farmington got balanced scoring and another long three. Final score: Farmington 67, Aztec 37.

Coach Steinfeldt shared via text, "I thought our boys continued to play with great intensity. Our defense has been playing great in the half court set. Some of our offensive struggles spillover and cause our opponents point total to rise. We handled the press considerable better this time around, but still a few costly mistakes hurt us. We are looking forward to playing PV at home on Saturday."

PV stayed in their very effective full-court press and scored easily off turnovers to take the win, 72-46. The Tigers will strive to break the losing streak against Miyamura in Gallup, January 24. They take on the Bloomfield Bobcats for another 'Cat Fight', January 26.


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