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Roswell wins opener at Santa Fe Tournament

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SANTA FE — St. Michael’s basketball team learned what a lot of other teams will learn when they face the defending 5A state champs Roswell Coyotes. Not only are the Coyotes loaded with their starting five, but they can go 10 players deep.

Coach Moses “Dude” Burrola has a lethal combination of the B&B that no one is talking about yet, but they will once Roswell gets into the meat of the season. Normally, one might refer to them as the “broil and bake brothers.” Coyote fans notice a difference between the two brothers when they are in the lineup together.

Tarren Burrola is a 6-foot-1 junior guard who wakes up looking for his shot. He has a scorer’s mentality. He is the type of player who broils a team with the way he can score points in bunches from the 3-point line.

Taymon Burrola is a freshman with scary athleticism and can create his own shot off the dribble, often baking opponents with an array of moves that leave defenders guarding him standing still.

This is why the Coyotes wanted to get back on the court and wash that nasty taste out of their mouths after losing a lead to the Hobbs Eagles at home Saturday.

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The Coyotes took on St. Michael’s at the Bobby Rodriguez Capital City Tournament, soundly defeating them 67-47, Thursday afternoon.

Roswell (3-2) took an 18-10 lead in the first quarter and led 31-23 at halftime.

“It took us a while to get going,” coach Burrola said. “We looked sluggish, but our defense was pretty solid all game.”

The Horsemen tried trapping the Coyotes to see if they could handle pressure. Roswell broke the traps and was able to get looks at the basket, but missed shots. St. Michael’s had a spy on sharpshooting Tarren Burrola, which was effective for part of the game, but Burrola has a shooter’s mentality, and he kept shooting as he led his team with 17 points.

Big man Logan Eaker scored 14 points dominating the middle. Eaker had to go to the bench after getting into foul trouble.

Taymon Burrola had 12 points. Off the bench, Roswell received big efforts from Dominic Nava and Christian De La O as they forced turnovers and jumped into passing lanes on the defensive end of the floor.

The Coyotes played this game and will be without their quick spark plug guard Jasia Reese, who suffered a broken nose over the weekend. This sets up another showdown with 6A Hobbs, who defeated them at the Coyote Den on Saturday, 97-88. Roswell remembers how they blew a 14-point lead with 4:56 to play in the game only to lose in overtime.

“With Reese out, we are going to have to rely on other guys to step up,” coach Burrola said. “As far as Hobbs goes, we worked on protecting the ball in game-like situations. It is a good game for us to see pressure and to be able to handle it better. These types of games against really good teams only make our young guys better later on in the season.”

Roswell plays at 12:30 p.m. today against Hobbs.

Artesia 50, Goddard 39

Three Artesia Bulldogs scored in double figures Thursday as the host team defeated the Goddard Rockets 50-39 in the opening round of the City of Champions Classic.

For Artesia (1-0) it was the first game of the year, while for the Rockets (3-3) it was their sixth contest of the season.

“Our goal of winning our tournament is still there,” said Artesia head coach Michael Mondragon. “The kids played hard, they’re listening and they’re being coachable.”

Sophomore guard Clay Houghtaling led the way for the Bulldogs scoring 12 points. Junior guards Cody Smith and Kale Mauritsen each had 11.

Mondragon admitted that the Bulldogs were rusty since they were missing a majority of their squad due to football, which won the 5A state title last weekend over Belen.

Senior Taylor Null, who was the quarterback in last weekend’s victory over Belen, played in the forward spot on Thursday. He fouled out and scored six points. Senior post Joe Willingham, who also played in the football state title game, had four points.

“There’s a lot of things we’ve gotta fix,” Mondragon said. “We also did a lot of good things too, at one point out there we had four juniors and one sophomore and not much varsity experience there, so it’s good for them. They’re gonna learn and then take those learning lessons and find a way to win is a good thing.”

The Rockets had two players score in double figures. Senior center Dalin Stanford had 11 points and sophomore guard Xavier Garcia had 10 points.

The Bulldogs will play tonight at 8 p.m. in the semis on the championship side of the bracket, while Goddard will play today at 1:30 p.m. on the consolation side.

Dexter 42, Cobre 33

Dexter opened up with a hard fought victory over Cobre, 42-33, Thursday in the Tularosa Tournament

Nick Cobos sparked a second half rally with multiple steals. The Demons were led in scoring by Joseph Cobos with 10 points, David Miramontes added eight.

Dexter will play at 6 p.m. against Ruidoso Friday.

Girls

Gallup Lady Bengals 52, Goddard Lady Rockets 45

ARTESIA — The Goddard Lady Rockets (4-4) opened the tournament Thursday morning with a 52-45 loss to Gallup (5-1).

Senior Eden Wiggins had 17 for Goddard and junior Bailey Beene had 13 for the Lady Rockets.

Gallup senior Ashley Antone led her team with 14 points.

Goddard faces Kirtland-Central today at 8:30 a.m.

Artesia 66, Ruidoso 31

The Lady Dogs (2-0) were led in scoring by two seniors in their win over Ruidoso (0-4).

Kali Crandall had 15 and Gracie Puentes had 12.

“I think the girls were anxious to play again,” said Artesia head coach Jeff Houghtaling.

It had been more than a week since they started the season at the Bulldog Pit with a win over Santa Teresa.

“We’re still first game jitters kind of thing a little bit, but once we got into rhythm, we were able to get a few baskets,” he said.

He added, “overall I thought we played pretty hard and played with good effort.”

Artesia has advanced to the semis on the winner’s side of the bracket and will play the Silver High Fighting Colts tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Silver 45, Lovington 28

Houghtaling said the Fighting Colts will be Artesia’s “first test.” He said Silver likes to play man-to-man, adding that Santa Teresa and Ruidoso like to play in zones.

“It’s gonna be a real challenge for us, they’ve got a really good combination of guard play and one really good tall post player. We’re really going to be challenged,” he said.

Mayfield 59, Roswell 39

Defending a tournament championship is tough. Ask Roswell.

The Lady Coyotes came into the Rio Rancho Tournament as the two-time defending champion. Defending their championship this year just got a little bit tougher, after losing to Mayfield, 59-38 Thursday.

Roswell scored six points in the second quarter.

“We had trouble in the second quarter,” Coyotes coach Fernando Sanchez said. “We played even with them the rest of the game.”

Roswell will play 3 p.m. today against Onate.

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