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No. 1 seed Texico beats Dexter with offense

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A Dexter Demon congratulates members of the Texico Wolverines after their 46-80 loss at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho Wednesday morning. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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The Dexter Demons started their morning off by facing the No. 1 seed Texico Wolverines at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. This second round Division 3A state tournament game would feature a lot of offense and not much defense. The undefeated Wolverines would catch fire early and they wouldn’t cool down, beating Dexter 80-46.

“I’m just proud of the boys — we faced a No. 1 team in the state, undefeated for a reason, and they didn’t stop until the last buzzer,” Dexter coach Arthur Cobos said.

Dexter started the game up 1-0 before Texico went on a 13-0 run in the middle half of the first quarter. The Demons would get their offense going and respond with 4 points straight. The quarter ended with Texico up 18-7.

Demon’s assistant coach Sonny Duran said, “I just want to say a little bit, just about our effort. Even though we got down quick in the first quarter, we didn’t stop playing. Hats off to them — hats off to Texico and their coaching staff, they played well and coached well, and beat us, that’s it.”

The second quarter would play out much like the first with both offenses scoring at will. Dexter began to find their range from the three-point while Texico took over in the paint, making layup after layup. The Wolverines went into the half, up 40-26.

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“The boys — we learned a lot this season — it wasn’t just basketball,” Cobos said.

The second half of the game wouldn’t give Dexter a chance to catch up to their opponent. The team played hard the rest of the game but the early lead was too much to overcome and the Demon’s season came to an end.

“(It’s) tough to end like that, but then we kind of look back to where we started and how we started and — I’m proud of them,” Cobos said. “We’ll be losing three seniors, and so everybody will come back next year and — we’re still on board. Everybody’s still on board.”

Cobos continued, “You gotta enjoy what we did do as well. Everybody’s looking for the Blue Trophy, but you’ve still got to celebrate the good things that happened. It wasn’t just basketball, it was other things.”

Duran said after the game, “We have a good group coming next year and, I think we’ll be back. I’m sure we’ll be back next year, tougher, as well. This is good experience, and this is an experience none of these kids have ever been with — not even the seniors have ever come to Albuquerque to play for playoff. It’s good — It’s good that we came, it’s good that we played a No. 1 team like that and (we) can only get better.”