Jaguar boys hoops starts its season with a split of road games

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It was like day and night on Valencia's season-opening road trip of the 2012-13 boys basketball season.

On Friday night, the Jaguars demolished Hot Springs, 52-23. On Saturday afternoon, the Jags were on the other side of the scoreboard, losing at Deming 57-17.

The 1-1 Jaguars were set to host Socorro on a game scheduled for after News-Bulletin press time on Tuesday. They visit Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

"I knew it would be a tough opening weekend," said first-year head coach Ezau Rios. "The boys played well on Friday, doing a good job of getting over their first-game jitters, during the first half.."

Rios hopes to see more from one of his few seniors. Josue Padilla, in the near future, as the post continues to recover from a pre-season ankle injury.

"I look forward to getting Josue more minutes as his ankle gets stronger, and to continue to see Josh Baca's growth and keep trying to figure out the rest of my guard rotation."

Valencia 52, Hot Springs 23

The Jags got balanced scoring in their season-opening win on the road. Josh Baca led the way with 12 points, while Chance Maciolek scored 11, Garrett Gibson had 10 points and Dominic Zamora scored seven.

The Jags only led 23-14 at the half. Valencia took over the game in the third quarter, going on a 16-3 run to build a 39-17 lead.

Maciolek had the team's only 3-pointer and the Jags went 11-of-24 from the foul line.

The new Jag coach said he was happy with the balanced scoring.,

Deming 57, Valencia 17

The Wildcats held Valencia scoreless in the second quarter, and the Jags never recovered, after trailing 35-8 at halftime.

The Jags could only muster nine second-half points as Deming cruised to a 47-11 third quarter lead on the way to a 40-point win.

"Gabe Urtiaga is definitely the kind of senior presence we need," said Rios of his guard who hit the only 3-pointer in the game for Valencia. "He stayed calm thru the entire weekend, and did a great job of setting the example we need, as far as work ethic and determination."

Gibson led the scoring for the Jags with six points. Dominic Zamora, Baca and Malachi Jolley added three points each. Padilla and Jordan Baca scored two points apiece and Roman Marquez had one point in the loss.

The positive thing from the Deming game was that we just kept working the whole game without worrying about the score," said Rios.


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