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Colts drop second district contest to Hope Christian

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NMMI Sports Press Juan Reyna looks to pass the ball to Enrique Salazar against Hope Christian.

In the second district 4-4A match-up for both teams, NMMI’s combination of low percentage shooting and too many turnovers allowed the visiting Hope Christian Huskies to walk away with a 57-25 win.

“Our defense keeps us in games,” said head coach Sean Schooley. “We just can’t turn over the ball 30-plus times.”

The Colts started slow in three of the four periods, unable to manage their first points in each of those stanzas until more than three minutes had passed.

In the first, that first tally didn’t come until the 3:55 mark, when Institute post Enrique Salazar broke the ice with an easy lay-in off an assist from point guard Charles Lewis – but by then Hope had built a 14-point lead.

The Huskies won the first period, 20-6, then extended that margin by five before heading to the locker room at halftime, 35-10.

The Colts began the third with six turnovers, but solid defense helped prevent much of a Husky run. Once again, the first Institute shots wouldn’t fall until more than four minutes had expired, this time Lewis connecting with 6-7 center Chris Blair – who lead the Colts in scoring with eight – for the inside bucket. The Huskies took the third, but only by two, 12-10.

NMMI guard Hector Reyna netted four of his six points in the fourth period, but the only other Institute point in the period was a free throw by Salazar, giving Hope a 10-5 advantage in the forth.

With the loss, NMMI drops to 2-10 overall and 0-2 in district; Hope moves to 12-7 and 2-0.

Next up for the Colt will be another district contest, this time on the road in Morairty on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

NMMI Sports Press