Eagles wings clipped in Miyamura loss

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After an impressive one-point win over defending state runner-up Gallup on Saturday, the sky looked to be the limit for the Belen Eagles boys basketball team.

But on Tuesday, the sky fell.

Miyamura cancelled out all of the good feelings with the Gallup win by thumping the Eagles, 59-50, on the Patriots' home court.

"We took them lightly and didn't show up to play," said coach Pat Mondragon. "We thought we were just going to show up and get done because of what we did on Saturday. It just didn't happen like that."

Belen needed to recover quickly as it was set to face Valencia on Friday night in a game after News-Bulletin press time.

"We are still OK," said Mondragon of his Eagles, 6-10 and 1-2 in District 6-4A after the Patriot loss. "We are still in line to fight for district. We just have a little more work to do now."

Belen struggled early and trailed, 29-21, at the half. They mounted a small rally to close to within 39-34 to begin the fourth quarter.

Belen closed to within two points, but could not get the key rebound or defensive stop.

"Our defense was not present," said Mondragon. "We never could get over the hump. We could not get the defensive stop."

Belen was led by Colton Lewis with 19 points on the strength of three 3-pointers. Ray Montoya had two treys for six points. Senior Zach Martin netted 14 points in the loss. Dontae Vigil added seven.

Miyamura had four players in double figures, led by Zack Shank with 17. Austin Smith had 12, while Anthony Lee and Vincent Begay scored 11 each.

"We got a little over confident and didn't come to play," said Mondragon. "We are not good enough to go out and blow teams out right now. We sure don't have the record to.

"I think sometimes we think we are a little better than what we actually are."


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