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Goddard looks for consolation prize in Champions Classic

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ARTESIA — Late Friday night the Bulldogs (1-1) and Bengals (4-1) were involved in a tight contest. The winner would play Rio Rancho today in the title game of the City of Champions Classic.

In the closing seconds of the game, Artesia senior Taylor Null sank a three pointer to tie the game at 46.

Then a short time later, fellow senior Chaney Hardt sank another three pointer and the Bulldogs had a 49-46 lead.

It was short lived as the Bulldogs fouled Gallup’s Asa Holyan with four seconds left on the clock. He sank his free throws giving the Bengals the 51-49 win.

Gallup and Rio Rancho play at 4 p.m. today for the championship trophy.

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Artesia plays El Paso Parkland tonight at 7:30 p.m. for third place. The Rams downed the Matadors 76-57.

Goddard 52 Carlsbad 33

After losing to Artesia Thursday in the opening round of the City of Champions Classic, the Goddard Rockets are playing for the consolation prize.

Junior Derek Carrica led all Rocket(4-3) scorers with 14 in the win over Carlsbad (2-3) Friday afternoon.

Rockets head coach Anthony Mestas praised the play of Carrica and Goddard’s other big man senior Dalin Stanford.

“It’s hard for people to guard those big guys,” he said. “Derek played lights out today, he was rebounding the ball and shooting the ball well and he was going up and attacking the rim.”

Stanford had 9 for the Rockets in the win.

Goddard will play Las Cruces Onate at 1 p.m. today at the Bulldog Pit.

The Knights (7-1) defeated Lovington 77-57.

“It’s going to be a tough match up,”Mestas said. “We’re big and they’re fast they’re little and  they like to get up-and-down. It’s going to be a good match up for us.”

Girls

Silver High Lady Colts 50, Artesia Lady Bulldogs 43

The Fighting Colts (6-2) had two players score in double figures in the win over the Lady Bulldogs(2-1).

Junior LeAsiah Jaure had 16 points and sophomore Katelyn Limardo had 15 in the win.

Artesia was led by senior Stacia Martinez with 9 points.

The Fighting Colts take on Carlsbad today at 2:30 p.m. in the ladies title game and Artesia plays Gallup tonight at 6:00 p.m. for third place.

Carlsbad advanced to the championship with 63-33 win over Gallup.

Kirtland Central Lady Broncos 56, Goddard Lady Rockets 52

Today at 8:30 a.m. Goddard(4-5) takes on Ruidoso(0-5) in the seventh place game.

Despite having 16 points from junior Bailey Beene and 13 a piece from senior Eden Wiggins and Camaryn Villapondo the Lady Rockets were defeated by the Lady Broncos, (5-2)  who will play Lovington (2-5) today at 11:30 a.m. for the girls’ consolation championship.

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