Warriors two-game winning streak broken by Robertson
The Socorro Warriors broke their two-game streak Tuesday night when they faced the Robertson Cardinals on their home court, for a loss of 53 – 63. Robertson continually made it passed the Warriors defense and out-scored them throughout the game. The Warriors held the spread to five points or less, with alternating leads in the first half. They came out strong at the beginning of the second half, but quickly lost steam, giving up points and losing the ball to turn-overs.
Socorro lost momentum in the fourth quarter, allowing Robertson to expand their lead and end the game up by 10 points.
“(Robertson) outplayed us tonight offensively. Defensively, we struggled.” Coach Lawrence Baca said. “We need everyone to put it together all at once to win against a team like Robertson.”
Matt Jojola, No. 35, scored the most, with 18 points; Gibo Padilla had 12 and Zeb Esquivel had 11.
Coach Baca said Robertson is an overall better team than their two previous opponents, Cobre and Hot Springs, but that the Warriors should have had another win Tuesday night.
“We are a better team,” Baca said.
The Warriors played a tough game against the Hot Springs Tigers on Jan. 31, winning 68 – 55.
Jojola had his best game of the season, with 32 points on the board. Ethan Smith was next with 13, followed by Padilla with 10.
The game was fast paced from tip-off, with Socorro on the board within the first play and Hot Springs responding immediately with two points of their own.
Hot Springs jumped ahead on fouls in the first three minutes of the game, and held a lead on fouls throughout the game, allowing Socorro to gain some momentum on the scoreboard. Socorro’s B and C teams also won their match-ups against the Tigers; B team with a 55 – 40 win, and C team 53 – 39.
Socorro came back on Saturday with a 79 – 68 victory over the Cobre Indians, again, partially due to fouls. The Indians ended the game with 28 fouls on the books, to the Warriors’ 22.
Jojola came close to his high score record from the previous night, with 30 points on the board. Smith ramped up his shooting, doubling his points to 20.
“Matt and Ethan have stepped up their game. That’s been the difference (the last two games).” Coach Baca said. “We need everyone to step it up at the same time to be competitive. Gibo has stepped up a little too, and Zeb. We can’t afford for one of them to have an off night right now.”
The Socorro Warriors will travel to Silver City on Friday at 4 p.m., while the Lady Warriors will stay here to host Silver City on their home court at 5 p.m.