Mountaineers give up third place trophy at invite

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Reserve
The Mountaineers hosted 16 teams, eight boys and eight girls, for the Mountaineer Invitational tournament last weekend in Reserve. Lordsburg and Academia Juarez took home the first and second place trophies for both divisions — girls and boys.

The Mountaineers and Quemado Eagles each won their first game of the tournament on Thursday — Reserve beating Bowie/San Simon 69 – 55 and Quemado out scoring Magdalena JV 59 – 47. Both Reserve and Quemado lost their games to Lordsburg and Academia Juarez, respectively, on Friday, pitting them against one another for Saturday’s final game for third place.

The Eagles got the jump and were on the board with two points in the first play of the game; the Mountaineers responded with two points on their first play, setting the tempo for the first quarter.
Both teams spent a good deal of the game on the foul line, with Reserve taking the lead on fouls and Quemado expanding the point spread late in the second quarter. In the end, the Eagles out-played and out-scored the Mountaineers, taking the trophy with a 29-point lead.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Quemado Eagle Colt Pierson, No. 53, takes the shot and draws the foul from Reserve Mountaineer Tyler Dempsey, No. 22, during the Eagles game against the Mountaineers on Saturday. The Mountaineers and Eagles faced off for third place in the Moutaineers Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Reserve. Quemado won the game 81 - 52.

Hometown Tournament Highlights

The Reserve Lady Mountaineers ended the tourney with a 60 – 31 win over Animas on Saturday.
The Quemado Lady Eagles finished the tournament with a 52 – 35 win over Magdalena JV.

The championship games for both the girls and boys division on Saturday, both between Lordsburg and Academia Juarez, drew a crowd to the stands. Lordsburg beat Academia Juarez 66 – 49 for first place, and the Academia Juarez girls fell to Lordsburg 49 – 58 in the final round.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Quemado Eagle Darryn Lackey, No. 13, goes up for the layup against Reserve Mountaineer Tristen Fletcher, No. 21, during the Eagles game against the Mountaineers on Saturday.