By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
Two schools in Quay County will be on the road to their own March Madness, the New Mexico State 1A basketball tournament.
The district 4 1A champions Logan Longhorns will play at 6 p.m. on Saturday against the District 1-1A runner-up Springer Red Devils at Logan.
The Logan Longhorns record is 14-9 overall and 8-0 in district play.
The Springer Red Devils record is 20-7 overall and 8-2 in district play.
“I watched Logan play against San Jon and their whole team complements one another,” said Springer coach Eloy Brazil. “We have been playing an up-tempo game and run a lot of man-to-man. For a big game like this, I’d much rather play at home than on the road. I want my players to be comfortable when they play. But I also emphasize to them that we cannot make mistakes that might help the other team.”
The District 4 runner-up, the San Jon Coyotes, will play at 6 p.m. on Saturday against the District 1 champion Cimarron Rams at Cimarron.
The Cimarron Rams record is 20-6 overall and 9-1 in district play.
The San Jon Coyotes are 13-10 overall and 6-2 in district play.
Coyotes coach Jeremy Stoner said he watched Saturday’s Cimarron-Springer game and the Bears “live and die by the 3-pointer.
“Our size is about equal and it’s going to be a battle underneath the goal for rebounds. They are a good team but they are beatable. We just have to have our ‘A’ game.”
“We are going to play the same game we have played all year,” said Cimarron coach Bobby Clouthier. “We play half man-to-man and half zone and keep our pressure strong.
“We have faced some tough 2A and 3A schools this season and have found that who wins all depends on who plays better basketball that night. I told the guys if we lost against Springer, there was still a chance for us to advance in Logan but come this Saturday if we lose we stay home.”
The New Mexico Activities Association will draw Sunday to seed remaining teams in Clss 1A.