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Gateway ‘outfoxed’ by Fort Sumner

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The Gateway Christian Warriors gather before Tuesday night’s game against Fort Sumner-House in Roswell. The visiting team won the contest 69-58. (Mike Smith Photo)

Before Tuesday’s contest with the Fort Sumner-House Foxes, Gateway Christian Warriors Head Coach Dan Smith was looking forward to the matchup between his squad and the out-of-town crew.

“I’m excited for the matchup,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to see where we currently stand.”

The visitors (9-6) outfoxed the home team (12-4) 69-58.

“The boys played hard tonight,” Smith said after the game.

In the opening period, it looked like fans from both sides were going to be treated to a nail biter as the Foxes had an 18-16 lead.

In the second period, the Warriors were becoming the hunted by the Foxes as senior Brent West and junior Jude Segura sank a pair of long range shots and junior Corey Terrell was able to sink some shots from short range.

The Foxes outscored the Warriors 23-16 in the second period extending the lead to 41-32 at the half.

Smith said the Warriors had a hard time making transitions throughout the contest.

In the third quarter, the long range shots continued to be the best friend for the Foxes and Segura continued to pace his team scoring 7 points. The Foxes outscored the Warriors 16-12 and upped the lead to 57-44 when the quarter ended.

In the final period, Gateway outscored the visitors, however fouls plagued the Warriors as the Foxes scored the majority of their points from the foul line.

Segura led the way for both sides scoring 23 points.

“The kid played hard,” Smith said. “He seemed to get a lot of easy baskets.”

Terrell and West also scored in double digits with 12 and 14 points respectively.

The Warriors were led by junior Jaydon Stephens with 15 points. Senior Alonzo Grajeda had 12 points and sophomores Joe Waide and Wes Tipton had 10 points a piece.

The Warriors will have to put Tuesday night’s loss out of their minds in a hurry as Mescalero Apache makes a Thursday night trip to Roswell. The game tips off at 7 p.m.

“The kids are able to let it go and move on to the next game,” Smith said.

The Warriors will travel to Fort Sumner on Jan. 26 for the rematch.

“Looking forward to the rematch,” Smith said.