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CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Portales senior Zach Campbell gets inside to score over Texico’s Miguel Reyna during Tuesday’s boys clash at Texico. Campbell scored 14 points, but the Rams suffered a 54-50 overtime loss to the Wolverines.

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TEXICO — Texico had chances to put Portales away at the free throw line in overtime on Tuesday. The Wolverines mkade just enough to get the job done.

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Portales senior Zach Campbell gets inside to score over Texico’s Miguel Reyna during Tuesday’s boys clash at Texico. Campbell scored 14 points, but the Rams suffered a 54-50 overtime loss to the Wolverines.

Senior Kevin Naceanceno, who missed two earlier in the extra session, hit 3-of-4 in the final 30 seconds as Texico closed out a 54-50 victory over the Rams.

Senior Miguel Reyna scored 17 points and junior Justin Rucker added 13 for the Wolverines (17-2), ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, who avenged one of their losses late last month at Portales.

“It wasn’t pretty on either one of our parts,” Texico coach Scott Karger said. “But I told the team, ‘It’s the ugly ones you’ve got to win to reach your goals.”

The Rams (11-10) took a 6-0 lead in the first minute on 3-pointers by seniors Nathan Chavez and Isaiah Alvarado. Two 3-pointers by Chavez, who finished with five for the game and 17 points, keyed an 8-0 run which put Portales in front 20-12 in the second quarter, but the Rams went 9 1/2 minutes with just one field goal and the Wolverines went up 29-26 on a 3-point play by Naceanceno midway through the third period.

The game seesawed after that. Rucker’s basket with 41 seconds left made it 47-47 and sent it into OT, and the Rams were held scoreless in that period except for a 3-pointer by Chavez with 22 seconds left.

Both teams were without a starter. Senior forward Daniel Sanchez missed his third third consecutive game with an ankle injury, while senior post Jonah Walls sustained a hernia and pulled groin in a District 4-2A loss to Clayton last Friday.

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Portales’sophomore Kambrey Blakey draws a foul from Texico’s Chasity Sharp on her way to the basket during Tuesday’s girls matchup at Texico. Blakey scored 17 points to help the Lady Rams post a 48-42 win over the Lady Wolverines.

“I felt like our kids played well — (it was) a shot here or a bounce there,” said Rams coach Ricky McBroom, whose team begins District 4-3A play at home on Friday against Ruidoso. “I think our kids left it all on the floor, and I think we’re ready for district.”

Portales girls 48, Texico 42 — The Lady Rams fell behind 15-7 after one quarter, but overtook Texico with a 14-4 surge in the third period.

Sophomores Kambrey Blakey (17) and Sheraya Cox (13) combined for 30 points for the Lady Rams (18-2), ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. Senior Savannah Vincent added nine rebounds and shared team assist honors with Cox, each with five.

First-year Lady Rams coach Wade Fraze said his team was at far from its best.

“We didn’t come ready to play; it was our absolute worst game of the season,” he said. “Texico outplayed us in every position. They outtoughed us all night long.

“Sheraya got us out of several messes, bringing the ball down (against pressure) and getting us out of trouble.”

Sophomore forward Brianna Reyna scored 22 points for the Lady Wolverines (11-7), ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. She hit 11-of-15 free throws, but the rest of the team was just 3-for-10.

“Missing free throws obviously hurt us,” Texico coach Richard Luscombe said. “They’re (Lady Rams) talented. They do some things that are difficult to guard.”

Reyna went out with her fourth foul late in the third quarter, and that hurt the Lady Wolverines.

“We rely on her a lot, but I thought the other girls stepped up and contributed tonight,” Luscombe said.

SUMMARIES

Tuesday

Non-district

Boys

Texico 54, Portales 50

Portales (11-10) — Matt Martinez 0 2-2 2, Jarret Faust 1 0-0 2, Ben Martinez 2 0-0 4, Isaiah Alvarado 2 0-0 5, Caleb Burciaga 2 0-0 4, Zach Campbell 7 0-0 14, Bronte Staugaard 0 0-0 0, Paul Conrow 1 0-1 2, Nathan Chavez 6 0-0 17. Totals 21 2-3 50.

Texico (17-2) — Justin Rucker 5 2-3 13, Gentry Doolittle 2 1-4 7, Brannon Karger 2 0-0 4, Kendall Naceanceno 2 4-7 8, Miguel Reyna 6 5-6 17, Mitchell Pinnell 2 1-2 5. Totals 19 13-22 54.

Portales 12 12 10 13 3 — 50

Texico 10 11 13 13 7 — 54

3-pointers — Portales, Chavez 5, Alvarado. Texico, Doolittle 2, Rucker. Total fouls — Portales 21, Texico 10. Fouled out — none. Junior varsity — Portgales 57, Texico 33. C team — Portales 73, Texico 27.

Girls

Portales 48, Texico 42

Portales (18-2) — Francis Armijo 2 2-3 8, Bailey Rowley 1 0-0 2, Sheraya Cox 6 1-4 13, Kambrey Blakey 6 5-6 17, Savannah Vincent 2 1-2 5, McKenzie Bucksath 1 1-2 3. Totals 18 10-17 48.

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Portales’sophomore Kambrey Blakey draws a foul from Texico’s Chasity Sharp on her way to the basket during Tuesday’s girls matchup at Texico. Blakey scored 17 points to help the Lady Rams post a 48-42 win over the Lady Wolverines.

Texico (11-7) — Shelby Vannatta 0 0-1 0 0, Sarah Daniels 2 0-0 4, Jasmine Gannon 1 2-4 4, Chasity Sharp 3 0-1 6, Audrey Wren 1 0-2 2, Chyanne Scarborough 1 1-2 4, Brianna Reyna 5 11-15 22. Totals 13 14-25 42.

Portales 7 14 14 13 — 48

Texico 15 11 4 12 — 42

3-pointers — Portales, Armijo 2. Texico, Reyna, Scarborouogh. Junior varsity — Portales 53, Texico 41. C team — Portales 38, Texico 21.

 
 

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