Jaguar boys drop road games to 4A opponents

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The Valencia High boys basketball team may have lost more than just a couple of tough contests on the road over the weekend. The Jaguars fell to Bernalillo on Friday night, 70-48, and then lost to Del Norte, 66-46, on Saturday.

But the biggest loss may have come against the Knights as post Garrett Gibson went down with a knee injury in the second quarter with the Jags still in striking distance.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo: Valencia High senior Gabe Urtiaga looks for a teammate in Saturday’s loss at Del Norte. The Jaguars play at Los Lunas High this week in the Village of Los Lunas Holiday Classic. Their first game in the tournament is against Bosque Prep at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

It is unclear whether Gibson will be ready for the opening game of the Village of Los Lunas Classic on Thursday. The Jags (2-8) are set to take on Bosque at about 4:30 p.m. in the opening round at Los Lunas. The injury was thought to be a sprained knee.

Valencia will be glad to get back at least close to home. The Jags have played eight of 10 games on the road this year. At least the Jaguar faithful only have to go to Los Lunas to follow the team during the three-day tournament.

Del Norte 66, Valencia 46

Gibson had five points when he went out of the Del Norte contest with the Jags just down by nine points.

Without one of its offensive options against the taller Knights (2-4), Del Norte took command as Gibson sat on the bench with an ice pack wrapped around his knee.

Valencia started the game strong and built an 11-6 edge before the Knights exploited their considerable size advantage. Richard Collingsworth put the cap on the comeback with a 3-pointer from the head-of-the-key, and Del Norte never trailed from that point.

Josh Baca provided the scoring punch for Valencia, netting 20 points. Chance Maciolek scored nine, Quentin Wanstall scored five, Dominic Zamora had three and Gabe Urtiaga and Ronnie Williams scored a bucket apiece.

Del Norte was led by Christopher Wright with 20 points, while Collingsworth finished with 13. The Knights led at the half, 35-22. It was the second night in a row that the majority of the lead was built in the second quarter. The Knights outscored Valencia by 10 in the second.

Bernalillo 70, Valencia 48

It was the second quarter that did in the Jag effort in the very tough confines of the Bernalillo gym. The Spartans (6-3) posted an 18-6 advantage in the second period to lead at the half, 29-16.

The fourth quarter saw a scoring explosion, aided mostly by the number of fouls called in the final frame.

Bernalillo outscored Valencia 27-21 in the last quarter to cruise to the comfortable 22-point win.

Baca led the Jaguar scoring with 15 points, followed closely by Gibson with 13. Zamora added seven points, Wanstall had five, Urtiaga and Jordan Baca added three points each and Maciolek had two.

Bernalillo had three players in double-figures. Brandon Saiz led the Spartans with 19, Tristen Arnett scored 17 and Aaron Montoya had 10.


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