Jaguar boys fall at Gallup in their 6-4A opener, 49-35

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A visit to Gallup is always tough, but for the Valencia boys, it was a painful learning experience in the first half as Gallup handed the Jaguars a 49-35 District 6-4A basketball loss Thursday.

Valencia (4-13 overall, 0-1 in 6-4A) is set to return to its home court to take on Miyamura (8-7, 0-1), who fell at Grants on Thursday, 50-47. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.

On the Bengals' home court, Valencia could not get it going in the first half. Gallup's full-court pressure and poor shooting resulted in just seven first half points for the Jags.

The Bengals (10-6, 1-0) led 25-7 at the break.

"We just couldn't convert," said Jag coach Ezau Rios. "The first five possessions, we got great looks, and just couldn't put them in."

Valencia was without point guard Quentin Wanstall and post player Josue Padilla. Wanstall's absence was noticeable, Rios said, particularly in handling the ball and setting up the offense, but noted that the inside game was productive, despite missing Padilla.

"We would have liked to have had him," said Rios, "but Garrett (Gibson) and Josh (Baca) did a really good job."

Gibson, with 18 points, and Baca, with 11, combined for all but six of the Jag points. Dominic Zamora had three, D.J. Heybourne scored two and Ronnie Williams had one point.

The Jags trailed 32-16 before putting up 19 points in the final quarter.

Gallup was led by Lionel Kinsel's 18 points, including two 3-pointers.


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