Lions handle Rattlers, 63-49

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun

The Tucumcari High School boys basketball team came up short Tuesday in its quest to make it to the state tournament in Albuquerque.

Santa Rosa ended the Rattlers’ season 63-49 in a game marked by frequent Rattler turnovers.

Tucumcari finished with 18 turnovers while the Lions took care of the ball, netting only six turnovers.

The two teams were tied 18-18 in the second quarter when both teams traded three-pointers to make it 21-21. Santa
Rosa gained momentum going up 27-23 at the half.

The third quarter was not kind to the Rattlers as Santa Rosa’s momentum showed no signs of flagging. Five minutes into the period, A Lion three-pointer put Santa Rosa up 40-27.

The Rattlers were able to get to within ten points a couple more times, but Santa Rosa’s shooting was relentless down the stretch.

Rattlers Josh Villegas and Robert Munoz combined for 20 of Tucumcari’s 49 points. Freshman D. J. Martinez played his first varsity minutes and made a three-point play in the game.

The Rattlers shot 5 of 15 from the free throw line. It wasn’t the first time this year that hitting more free throws could have made a difference in the outcome for Tucumcari.

The Rattlers finished 9-14 for the season.

Tucumcari Scoring
M. Braziel 7, N. Salvador 5, G. Anaya 4, A. Apodaca 1, J. Villegas 11, R. Munoz 9, J. Benavidez 3, D.J. Martinez 4.