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Rockets run over Santa Teresa, 82-45

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Goddard’s Brandon Montanez drives in for two points in Goddard’s win against Santa Teresa Saturday. (Scott Stevenson Photo)

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There are certain opposing teams during the season that your team has to beat. The Santa Teresa Desert Warriors is one of those teams that the Goddard Rockets beat and did so convincingly, 82-45, in a Saturday matinee game at Ground Zero.

Santa Teresa, 3-16, really didn’t pose much of a challenge in the 37-point blowout loss.

In the win, Goddard matched the most points scored this season. They also scored 82 points in the win over Los Alamos at the Poe Corn tournament last month.

The game was in sharp contrast to the one the Rockets played against Clovis on Tuesday night. The Wildcats had potential Division I collegiate recruits on that roster.

As for Santa Teresa — they had a roster. So what did the Rockets gain from playing the Desert Warriors?

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“We got everyone in the game, we shared the basketball. I like what I saw from Brandon (Montanez), he was throwing some nice, beautiful passes down the court,” said Goddard coach Anthony Mestas.

No doubt his passes were crisp and clean like the one he drilled between two defenders to Damian Aragon in the first quarter.

When he wasn’t distributing the rock, he was like former Houston Cougar Clyde the “Glide” Drexler.

Just like Dexter, Montanez possesses a quick first step that if a defender doesn’t see him, he’ll glide to the basket before anyone knows it.

The late boxing champion Muhammad Ali had a quote for that, “I am so quick I’ll be in bed before the light goes off,” or something of that nature.

Montanez might not be that quick but he and the Rockets turned the lights off early on Santa Teresa.

Montanez finished with 21 points. Noah Reese was in double figures, too, with 18 points. He scored six points in the first quarter.

The Rocket’s defense also gave Santa Teresa headaches. They couldn’t get the ball in the post and be forced to shoot from outside.

They missed their first seven shots from the outside, and to add insult to injury, committed six turnovers. By the time the dust had settled, Santa Teresa trailed 13-5 at the end of the first period.

The second period produced much of the same. Santa Teresa began the second quarter with four consecutive turnovers.

The Rockets got good shots of those turnovers but missed and didn’t rebound well. “That’s one of those things we have to clean up. There were many times where we didn’t get rebounds so this was a good game to work on that,” said Mestas.

While the outcome of this game had been decided early, Mestas was able to empty his bench and gave much deserved playing time to his reserves.

“We rewarded some players for practicing hard and played in the game,” Mestas said. Austin Ramey who made the most of his playing time scored 15 points.

Anthony Panto was a force in the paint with eight points and when Jared Hicks touched the ball, he wound up scoring four points.

The Rockets will be off 10 days now and will host Portales when they begin defense of their district title.

So will the time off be beneficial for the Rockets? “Honestly, I do like this time off, we have a couple of kids who are recovering from injuries. They’ve been getting treatment from our trainer,” Mestas said.

What the Rockets also will do is study Portales. “We’ll break down the film on them,” said Mestas.

Conventional wisdom says the road to the district championship will run through one of those two teams.

“It’s going to be a tough district and it’s going to be competitive again,” said Mestas.

Goddard (8-12) will face Portales at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Ground Zero.

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