Three-pointers, bolstered lineup helps Eagle boys win

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Belen welcomed back some key contributors in Tuesday night’s boys basketball 69-47 thrashing of Los Alamos. The Eagles hit 12 3-point shots in the 22-point home win.

Belen (2-2 after Tuesday) was set to face Del Norte on Friday night in Albuquerque in a game scheduled to play after News-Bulletin press time.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo: Colton Lewis passes ahead to a Belen High teammate in Tuesday’s win over Los Alamos. The Eagles are idle until traveling to the Poe Corn Classic in Roswell on Dec. 27.

The Eagles are off until the Poe Corn Classic on Dec. 27, 28 and 29, in Roswell.

Against Los Alamos (0-5), a barrage of 3-pointers from Colton Lewis and Dontae Vigil, with some clutch foul shooting from Nick Kurtz thrown in, had Belen looking very strong.

It was Vigil’s return after a short absence and Kurtz’s first game after the football season concluded.

And that was without all-state post prospect Zach Martin in the lineup.

“If we share the ball and play together, we could do things like that,” said coach Pat Mondragon of his team’s near flawless performance against the Hilltoppers.

Martin is sidelined with an injury sustained in the middle of the football season and hopes to be cleared by Dec. 20.

“We will get one more addition a little later on in December,” said Mondragon. “He will be good to go. He will be fine.”

Belen built an early lead on Vigil’s stellar defensive play, shutting down some of the Hilltoppers’ top players.

A Vigil steal and swooping scoop layup at the other end gave Belen an 11-6 lead and ignited the crowd.

“I liked to see how many students came out tonight,” said Mondragon. “We would like to have some more people come out and watch us.”

Belen led 13-9 after the first quarter before the ‘Toppers went on a 5-0 burst to take their only lead of the game, 14-13.

Vigil essentially put the game out of reach with a twisting drive that split the Los Alamos zone defense, ending with another scoop lay up to put Belen ahead 30-19.

“I just watch his feet and key off of them,” said Vigil of beating Archuleta at the start of the play. “If a guy is on me too close, then I am going to burn them.”

After an Antonio Chavez trey, Vigil stole the inbounds pass, missed a left-handed lay up, and put in the left-handed rebound to make it 35-19.

“Dontae is a great player. He does so much for us,” said Mondragon. “He handles the ball for us and distributes well. He loves defense and when you have a kid like that running your offense it makes for a good night.”

Six 3-pointers in the third quarter extended the Belen lead to 53-32. Lewis, with three, and senior Ray Montoya, with two, gave Belen a 50-29 edge just four minutes into the second half.

Lewis opened up the biggest Belen lead, 58-34, when he hit a trey while triple-teamed on the left wing with 6:39 left in the game.

Lewis led all scorers with 19 points, Vigil scored all 13 of his points in the first half and Montoya finished with 12 points.

Kurtz added eight points and Thomas Cordova scored six in the win.

Los Alamos had two players in double-figures with Travis Richins scoring 15 and Skyler Veenis adding 11.


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