Warriors can’t break Colts

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Susann Mikkelson — El Defensor Chieftain: The Silver City Colts left Socorro Warriors Zeb Esquivel open for the jump shot on Senior Night last Friday, when the Warriors met the Fighting Colts for their final regular season game.

The Warriors had a strong start against the Silver City Colts in their last regular season game of the year last Friday night, for Senior Night. Matthew Jojola, No. 35, got the jump to Zeb Esquivel, No. 3; Esquivel took the ball up for a layup, putting two points on the scoreboard to kick off the game. Silver didn’t score on their first possession, but took the ball away from the Warriors and made two on their second attempt. Socorro responded with the game’s first three-pointer, pulling ahead 5 – 2.

It was a one to two-point game the entire first quarter, with Socorro holding onto the lead until the last 30 seconds of the quarter. Silver City scored a basket and then drew the foul on the next possession, ending the first quarter 10 – 13.

The second quarter saw a reversal of efforts, with Silver holding the lead and broadening the spread on the scoreboard, while the Warriors began to falter on their shots and allowed the Fighting Colts through the key on defense.

Socorro ended the half down by seven, but came back in the third quarter allowing Silver two consecutive baskets before hitting the board again for two points. Jojola, the Warriors top shooter, was off on his shots the second half, and the game seemed to fall apart for the Warriors.

Coach Lawrence Baca took a technical for words with the referee, allowing Silver to add two more points to the scoreboard. The Colts took the game and ran with it from there, with a final score of 44 – 66.

Ethan Smith, No. 33, and Esquivel were tied for highest score, with 10 points. Jojola was next with 8, a season low for him. Sean Moore had the most successful outside shots, with two three-pointers for the game.

A special Senior Night presentation preceeded the Varsity game, honoring the four seniors — Jerich Chavez, No. 40; Zeb Esquivel, No. 3; Matthew Jojola, No. 35; and Ethan Smith, No. 33. Special performances were given in their honor.

The junior varsity team won their game against Silver City 55 – 52, prior to the varsity game.

The Warriors ended the regular season sitting in third place in Class 3A, District 3.

“Now we just wait and see what they (the district judges) decide,” Coach Baca said following Tuesday night’s game. “It was a good, tight game tonight.”

The outcome of the district tournament will be decided after Saturday’s match-up between Silver City and Hot Springs.