Warriors meet Sandia Prep with mixed results

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Socorro fell to Sandia Prep on Tuesday night, but not without a fight. The final score was 42 – 49, Sundevils, but the spread fluctuated from two to 12 points, with each team holding the lead at different points in the game.
Sandia Prep got the jump and led the board with the first two points. The Warriors came right back, and were up by two 3 minutes into the game. They lost ground, but regained it again with a two-point lead with a minute left in the first, but ended the first quarter tied 12 – 12. By halftime, they were down 17 – 24.

Turnovers and missed shots hurt the Warriors early on and throughout the game. They ended the first half with 13 turnovers, including several steals by Sandia Prep which led to points.

The Warriors continued to waver early in the second half, allowing a point spread of 10, then 12 points. They didn’t really get their momentum until a minute and a half into the fourth quarter, aggressively pursuing rebounds, fighting to get open and looking for steal opportunities — and making more shots.

Zeb Esquivel, No. 3, seemed to be all over the court, from point to post. No. 33 Ethan Smith was also more aggressive. Both shot more, rebounded more and drew more fouls, but also committed more. Free throws helped the Warriors make up some much-needed points in the fourth, but not enough for a win. If they had played with the momentum they found in the fourth quarter throughout the game, they surely would have taken the lead and held it.
Smith was the game’s high point shooter with 13 points; Matthew Jojola, in spite of having an off day, was a close second with 12 points.

The Warriors Junior Varsity dominated Sandia Prep, playing a tight game. They had some excellent outside shots, including a few three-pointers, and played a good defense. They took the game handily with a final score of 62 – 28. The C Team lost their match against the Sundevils.

The Warriors travel to Albuquerque today for the Hope Invitational Tournament this weekend. Junior Varsity and C teams both have the weekend off.