Reserve Mountaineers rumble with the Quemado Eagles during Saturday’s game

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Defense was the weapon of choice for both teams starting in Saturday’s roundball game on Reserve’s home court. The Mountaineers got the jump to start the game, but neither team scored on their first posession.

Reserve was on the scoreboard first, with Quemado answering with two on their own next trip downcourt. The Mountaineers defense had some holes in it, and Eagles quickly stepped into a three-point lead and expanded on it, ending the first quarter 17 – 9 over the Mountaineers.

Both teams had some trouble with turnovers in the second quarter, and points were held to a minimum on both sides of the scoreboard until about a third of the way through. Quemado had some sloppy passes, and Reserve had some bad shots.

Reserve’s Garrett Najar, No. 11, hit the first three-pointer of the game, with just over three minutes remaining in the second.

Quemado was shooting most of their shots under the net; not attempting many three-pointers. When the Mountaineers picked up their defense, they forced the Eagles to the outside, where they were missing their shots. This slowed the Eagles down some to end the first half at 27 – 22, Eagles.

Quemado came back strong early in the second half, increasing the spread back to a 12-point game in the first two minutes, and then gradually broadening it further through the third quarter, which ended 46 – 32.

Both teams picked up the pace in the final quarter of the game, driving to the basket rather than running plays. Defense was full-court press on both sides. These changes quickly bumped up the foul game for each team, although the time at the free throw line was somewhat disappointing for both teams.

The Eagles continued to gradually broaden the score, and fouls began to plague the Mountaineers, with the game ending in a final score of 66 – 47.

The Eagles’ Matt Rodriguez came away with the most points — a total of 16 — and Mountaineer Najar, No. 11, was right behind with 15; Stefan Beauchamp had 10 points.

Both teams missed more than half of their free throw attempts.

Both teams face the Carrizozo Grizzlies for their next match-up. The Eagles and Lady Eagles host the Grizzlies at home this afternoon at 4 p.m.; the Mountaineers travel to Carrizozo on Feb. 22 with their Lady counterparts to meet the Grizzlies again in district play.