Steers break 100 points in runaway game

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If you heard a loud boom on Saturday afternoon coming from west of Socorro, it was probably the sound of the Magdalena Steers blowout game against the Mountainair Mustangs on their home court. The Steers pulled off a record score of 107 points, while holding the Mustangs to a mere 30.

The crowd dwindled by the end of the third quarter; most no longer wanted to watch.

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain: Steers No. 2 Tyler Julian sails to the hoop on a drive down court, for two of his 17 points in the Feb. 8 game against the Mountainair Mustangs. Julian was the second highest scorer in the game. Magdalena held Mountainair at 30 points, while scoring a record-breaking 107 of their own.

The game started with a strong defensive tone, both teams missing their first attempts at the basket — Magdalena when they missed their first shot off the jump and didn’t get the rebound, and Mountainair when they lost the ball to a turnover heading down court.

Magdalena started out a little cold on their shots, but were warmed up by three minutes into the game.

The Steers were up 17 – 2 halfway through the first quarter, and ended the quarter 33-12.

The game was mostly clean, except for one flagrant foul that more closely resembled a football tackle than a basketball foul by Mountainair’s No. 22, resulting in Mountainair’s No. 22 removal from the game and another two points on the board for the Steers.

Magdalena made nine three-pointers out of 16 attempts; 76 of their 107 points were scored by four members of the team — Dre Montoya, No. 25, with 29 points; Tyler Julian, No. 2, with 17 points; and No. 10 Mike Chambers and No. 15 Brandal Padilla with 15 points each.

The Lady Steers also ran away with their game, winning 63 – 27 against the Lady Mustangs.

The Lady Steers took a little longer to warm up on the board. They started the second half of the game up 27 – 13 and held the Lady Mustangs at 13 points for the first five minutes of the third quarter, while racking up 23 points on their side of the scoreboard. They continued to demonstrate a very ominous defense, although they missed some shots in the second half and had some sloppy errors.

The Lady Mustangs ramped up their game in the final quarter, but too little, too late to close the gap by much.

The Steers and Lady Steers met up with Alamo Navajo on Tuesday night on Alamo Navajo’s home court.

The Steers will travel to Menaul for their 4 p.m. game Friday; the Steers and Lady Steers will host Jemez Valley at home at 1 p.m. Saturday.