Tigers open up two-game district lead with Miyamura win, 43-34

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Ben Romero was steady, Quentin Mullins was a physical force inside and Chris Sanchez had more assists than points as Los Lunas beat visiting Miyamura, 43-34, in a boys District 6-4A basketball contest Friday night.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo: Quentin Mullins muscles his way up for a shot between Miyamura defenders, Ryan Begay (23) and Jared Meese (33), on the way to Los Lunas’ 43-34 win Friday over the visiting Patriots. Los Lunas is set to host Valencia at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

With the win, Los Lunas (14-5 overall) opened a two-game lead in the district standings with a 4-0 mark. Grants (7-12) Gallup (11-8) and Belen (7-10) are all 2-2.

Los Lunas will host county rival Valencia on Thursday. The Jaguars are coming off a 75-46 loss to Belen. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

Mullins consistently played well inside against a physical Miyamura front line. His three buckets and 5-of-6 shooting from the foul line kept the Tigers in the lead most of the night.

“The play was pretty rough, but it is a district game so every game will be pretty physical,” said Mullins, who was quick to credit his teammates.

“Their bigs liked to step out and shoot the ball, so by putting good defenders on them like Jacob Holland, it made it harder for them to hurt us from the mid range.”

Guard Chris Sanchez played unselfishly all night, feeding the ball to Romero and keying several fast breaks for the Tigers. He finished with five assists and four points.

But it came down to the shooting of Romero to keep Los Lunas in the lead. He hit 6-of-8 from the line in the fourth quarter to keep Miyamura from closing the gap. Romero finished with 18 points, including 10-of-12 from the free throw line and two 3-pointers.

Mullins finished with 11, Holland had seven and Dakota Eward put in three points.

“The biggest difference in my game this year is that I am just playing with confidence,” said Mullins.

“Coach (Travis) Julian and all the assistant coaches have worked a lot with me this year, and that has built my confidence along with greatly improving my skills. So it’s all to the coaches, really.”

Miyamura was paced by Vincent Begay with 14 points and Jared Meese with 10.


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