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Dexter skins Tucumcari; Artesia wins in Gallup

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Isaac Irigoyen of Dexter grabs a rebound against Tucumcari Thursday night. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

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DEXTER — Thursday night the Dexter Demons needed an extra frame to defeat the Tucumcari Rattlers 60-55.

This was the third meeting between the Demons (8-4) and the Rattlers (6-7).

Dexter took the first game Dec. 9 at a tournament in Tularosa 67-53. Days later on Dec. 14 Tucumcari exorcised the Demons in Tucumcari 71-55.

Throughout most of regulation play, the Rattlers had the edge over the Demons. In the closing stages of the final period it looked like Dexter was going to get the victory. However, with no time left on the clock, Tucumcari was able to tie the score at 52 thanks to a long-range shot.

Fast forward to the final minutes of the extra period, the score was tied at 55. Demon junior Isaac Irigoyen breaks the deadlock thanks to a layup.

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Then in the closing seconds, junior Sergio Ramirez and fellow junior Jaime Chavira sank some key free shots to defang the Rattlers.

Arthur Cobos, Demon head coach, said his bench and second-in-command were major factors in the game.

“I give credit to my assistant(Sonny Duran), I get wound up and he calms me down,” Cobos said.

He pointed out to Cobos that the Demons got an extra five minutes with a clean slate.

“I think it showed we had the bench,” Cobos said. “I’m not afraid to put anybody in, as soon as someone comes out, the next guy moves in, he’s just as strong.”

Cobos added, “it was great, the guys who don’t normally do stuff offensively, (junior) Nick Cobos, he’s learning his speed is there and he just has to finish at the basket. He’s figuring it out.”

The Demons were hot from three-point land in the first half. Dexter’s leading scorer was Chavira with 22 points, he had nine points from downtown in the second period.

“We have a lot of shooters,” Coach Cobos said. “I don’t want them to get dependent on the three.”

He said at the start of the season the team was averaging at least nine shots from the downtown area.

“It’s great, but when they’re not falling, it happened to us in Portales, not one of them was falling,” he said. “The difference in the score shows.”

The Demons get the chance to rest for a few days before hosting New Mexico Military Institute on Jan. 9. A couple of days after that Dexter hosts their own tournament.

Artesia 69, Deming 60 

In Gallup, the Bulldogs were led by junior guard Cody Smith’s 19 points in the opening round of the Gallup Invitational.

Senior post Joe Willingham had 17 points for Artesia (7-4), senior Chaney Hardt and sophomore Tyler Houghtaling also scored in double figures for the Bulldogs.

“We played hard,” said Michael Mondragon, Artesia’s head coach. He added the Bulldogs did, “a great job in transition offense.”

“We’re finding ways to win games and forward,” Mondragon said.

Artesia moved on to the championship side of the bracket and will play tonight at 6 p.m. against Window Rock, Ariz.