Bobcats corral Steers in semis
Magdalena’s bid to win the District 3-2A boys basketball championship came to an end Thursday night when the Steers dropped a 53-41 decision at Bosque School in the semifinals of the district tournament.
Magdalena (19-10), ranked 10th in Class 2A in this week’s coaches poll, now awaits Sunday’s announcement of state tournament seeds to find out if their season continues. Ninth-ranked Bosque School advanced to play unbeaten Laguna Acoma in tonight’s district championship game.
Bosque School (18-7) took control of Thursday’s game early on and dominated the first half. The Bobcats built a 28-9 lead by halftime.
With the outcome already determined after three quarters, the Steers out-scored the Bobcats 20-11 in the fourth quarter to make the final score respectable.
The Steers had lost two previous meetings against the Bobcats by a combined three points.
Bosque was led by Gabe Chavez, who scored 17 points, and Andres Rivera, who chipped in 10.
Ten players scored for Magdalena. Big man Rio Chadde led the Steers with 13 points.
Beating the Bears
The Steers advanced to the semifinals by beating Estancia, 52-35, on Tuesday in Magdalena.
The home team took control at the outset, holding the Bears (7-16) to just one basket in the first quarter.
“We did a real good job, especially on defense,” Mirabal said.
So did Rio Chadde on offense. The 6-foot-5-inch senior post scored eight of his game-high 13 points in the first period.
“In spurts, everybody did their part,” Mirabal said. “We rode Rio for a while, and then Miles (Parscal) and Dre (Montoya). Duster (Apachito) and Daniel (Hand) did a good job defensively. We got good contributions from everybody.”
Magdalena built a 26-10 lead by halftime. The Bears came charging back after intermission but the Steers held them off and pulled away during the final four minutes.
“Offensively, we just wanted to stay fresh. We were able to finish the game in the fourth quarter,” the coach said.
The Steers helped preserve the win by making 9-of-10 free throws in the final period, after going 3-for-7 prior to that.
Parscal added 12 points and Montoya finished with 10.
Estancia was led by Josh Jacquez, who scored 10 points.
-- Email the author at email@example.com.