The Texico Wolverines spoiled Tucumcari’s tournament hopes Wednesday by pulling ahead in the second quarter, and going on to win 70-51.
The first quarter was close. The game seemed destined to be another fight to the finish. Chris McCasland knocked down two early threes and ever improving Drew White hit some close shots off the glass. Tucumcari was up 15-11 with two minutes left, but Texico’s Johnny Rivera hit two threes in a row as Texico went into the second quarter up 17-15.
Texico picked up steam in the second period, going up by 10 three minutes before the half. Joe Aragon hit a bucket to bring the Rattlers within nine, but the Wolverines scored the last six points of the half as they went up 36-21. The third period proved no better for the Rattlers, as Texico went on a 12-0 run. McCasland hit another three for Tucumcari in the third quarter, but Texico had a 53-29 lead heading into the final period.
Tucumcari scored 22 points in the final quarter of their last game of the season. McCasland and Nick Wiegel provided the bulk of Rattler scoring, but Texico continued to sink their shots, scoring 17 points of their own in the fourth quarter.
The final was 70-51, a disappointing final tally for a Rattler squad that had lost to Texico by only four points earlier in the season. Tucumcari’s low point total can be attributed in part to the absence of high-scoring Ray Johnson who had a season-ending knee injury against Des Moines.
Txico 17 36 53 70
Tcum 15 21 29 51
Tucumcari: Chris McCasland 18, Joe Aragon 2, Felimon Chavez 6, Nemi Salvador 3, Drew White 7, NIck Wiegel 11, Larry Roybal 2, Robert Garcia 2.
Texico: Bryce Bailey 9, Logan Brown 5, Kevin Burns 2, Garrell Mayfield 4, Mark Peabody 7, Josh Pena 5, Johnny Rivera 14, Braden Vaughan 8, Aaron Vaughan 5, Joe Zaikowski 4.