The groups that may nearly definitely be seeded No. 1 and No. 2 for the Class 5A boys basketball playoffs sail into the postseason using a crest of momentum.
Volcano Vista hammered Cleveland 70-42 within the District 1-5A event remaining on Saturday night time, whereas Sandia put collectively one among its greatest video games of the season because the Matadors dealt with West Mesa 65-44 within the District 2-5A remaining.
Different highlights from Saturday included the La Cueva ladies upsetting Farmington and the Albuquerque Academy ladies taking part in their manner into the state event with an upset victory over Hope Christian within the District 6-4A title recreation.
Los Lunas’ boys, Albuquerque Excessive’s ladies, Albuquerque Academy’s boys and St. Pius’ ladies additionally received district event championships on Saturday within the metro space.
Sandia’s huge three — Andrew Hill, Dalen Moyer and Ely Lovato — mixed for 41 factors, and Thomas Adams gave the Matadors an enormous capturing spark within the second quarter as Sandia (23-5) rode an 18-0 run in that quarter to take management.
The Matadors at one level made 4 consecutive 3-pointers, two by Adams, to go in entrance 30-19 after trailing the fourth-ranked Mustangs (21-8) 19-12.
Elijah Brody of West Mesa, the District 2-5A participant of the 12 months, had 20 factors to steer the Mustangs.
At Volcano Vista, the defending state champion Hawks (25-1) by no means trailed towards the one crew that beat them, the Storm (20-8).
Cleveland did pull inside two at 35-33 with 3:25 left within the third quarter, however Volcano Vista closed the sport on a 35-9 burst.
Kenyon Aguino led the Hawks with 17 factors. Sean Alter added 14. Cleveland guard Daniel Steverson, the 1-5A participant of the 12 months, had a team-best 15 factors.
n In Los Lunas, the Tigers (23-6) acquired up early, and had been by no means actually threatened as they beat Santa Fe (18-11) 54-45 within the District 5-5A remaining. Jalin Holland had 24 factors and 9 rebounds for Los Lunas.
n At Academy, the Chargers, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, beat No. 3 Hope Christian 74-57 to seize the 6-4A event crown.
A.J. Rivera had 17 factors for Academy (23-3), Dillon McCleskey 16 and Justin Masks 15 within the victory. The Chargers made six 3s in an enormous first quarter — three from McCleskey, a junior — as Academy led by 18 factors early.
n In Farmington, La Cueva’s ladies acquired two late 3-pointers from Toni Lucero, together with what proved to be the game-winner with a few minute to go, because the fifth-ranked Bears (21-7) edged the second-ranked Scorpions (24-3) 36-35 within the 2-5A remaining. Alexis Ayers had 11 factors to steer La Cueva.
n At Albuquerque Excessive, the eighth-ranked Bulldogs (25-2) simply beat Manzano 59-24 within the District 5-5A ladies championship recreation.
Ariana Sanchez led the Bulldogs with 20 factors. Leilani Love had 12 factors and 11 rebounds, and Jazmyn Griego dished out six assists.
n Academy’s ladies in District 6-4A locked up a playoff bid with a 54-48 victory on the Huskies’ ground Saturday night time. It was Academy’s first district event title since 2011.
Noelani Montoya had 16 factors, Addie Spratley 15 for Academy (13-15) because the Chargers’ inside gamers took benefit of the prolonged absences of Hope Christian put up Kathleen Obisike, who was in foul bother all through.
n Within the afternoon, St. Pius (20-5) dominated Highland 69-40 within the District 5-4A ladies remaining. Alyssa Maes had a season-high 30 factors, and Desirey Ortiz grabbed a dozen rebounds for the Sartans.
The state event brackets will likely be introduced at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Gary Herron of the Rio Rancho Observer contributed to this story.
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