Steers tame Falcons with back-to-back wins

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Magdalena Steers closed the regular season with a 90 – 28 win over the Foothill Academy Falcons on Feb. 21, only to host them again for the Class 1A District 2 opening playoff game on Tuesday night for another win, 71 – 39.

Susann Mikkelson — For El Defensor Chieftain: Magdalena Steers No. 10, Michael Chambers, breaks through the Foothill Academy Falcons’ defense and heads for a lay-up in one long stride on Tuesday night during their first district game of the season.

By halftime of Friday’s final regular season game, the Steers were ahead 55 – 19. That jumped to 71 – 24 at the end of the third quarter.

The Steers second and third string played a good game, holding up the enormous lead for the most part. They looked similar to the starting lineup, with the exception of their shot percentages and some fine tuning needed on their overall game.

Friday’s high point shooters were Dre Montoya, No. 25, with 20 points and Tyler Julian, No. 2, with 18 points. Jorrell Miribal was next in line with 13 points.

When asked if he was ready for the playoffs, Coach Jory Miribal said, “We will be ready when the time comes. We are still working on it, but seeing improvements everyday.”

They proved to be more than ready for their first district match-up, although with Coach Miribal playing the second and third string more, the overall points were down some. Foothills Academy had also done their homework following Friday’s game, and came back with a little better read on the Steers during the district game. The Falcons improved on their shooting percentage a little and didn’t get into deep foul trouble, costing Magdalena a few additional points.

Tuesday’s game showed more of the Steers’ second string talent and drive.

Montoya and Michael Chambers tied for high score with 15 points each; Brandal Padilla had 12 points and Miribal had 11.

Magdalena stood in first place in Class 1A going into the district tournament on Tuesday night. They hold a record of 15 – 0 in their district, District 2, and 26 – 1 in Class 1A. They play again at 6 p.m. tonight, Feb. 27, at home.

The Lady Steers stand in first place in 1A District 2, and in third place for Class 1A. They played Tohajiilee on Wednesday night (following press time), and will play again at 6 p.m. Friday evening, Feb. 28, at home.