Steers, Eagles match ends in disappointment for Quemado

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Magdalena
What some predicted to be the best game of the season — a “friendly rivalry” among neighbors —  turned out to be a bust for fans last Saturday, when the Quemado Eagles met the Magdalena Steers on the Steers home court. The game ended in a disappointing loss of 76 – 56 for the Eagles.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: The Magdalena Steers and Quemado Eagles faced off last Saturday in a local rivalry match that ended badly for the Eagles, with a 76 - 56 win for the Steers. Here, Steer No. 10 Michael Chambers goes up against Eagles No. 40 Stefan Beauchamp for the jump to start the game.

Quemado got the jump to start the game and drove down court to put two points up on the scoreboard on the first play. Magdalena responded with two points on their side of the board, and the game was on. Spectators were amped up for a good, tight game.
The Eagles pulled ahead by four, but then Magdalena hit a three-point shot and closed the gap.
Two fouls called in favor of the Steers caused a raucous from the Quemado crowd. Magdalena was on their shots, including free throws, and were up by 6 at the five-minute mark in the first quarter.
The Eagles did respond. They were off on their shots and lost ground with turnovers. Magdalena ended the first quarter with a 13-point lead.
Quemado came back in the second quarter. It was a 29 – 21 game with four minutes remaining in the first half, but Magdalena played tough offensively and defensively and took the lead back to 14 points by halftime, with 41 – 27 on the board.
The Eagles game improved some in the second half, but they continued to play below their level, and the Steers simply outplayed them.
“We didn’t have our head in the game,” said Eagles No. 34 Tristen Howard. “We started bickering with each other; that didn’t help.”
The Steers came into Saturday’s game with a big win over Hatch Valley, 75 – 31, from Jan. 10, and followed up with a win over Estancia on Tuesday, 80 – 68, on the road. They take on Desert Academy at home on Friday. Games start at 5 p.m.
The Eagles had three back-to-back road trips last weekend, with a win of 57 – 41 over Pine Hill on Jan. 9, another over Alamo Navajo 91 – 57, and then their loss to the Steers. They will travel to Reserve today for the Mountaineers Invitational Tournament.