(Seeds in parentheses)
(5) Jal (17-6) vs. (4) Fort Sumner (16-9)
• When/where: 3 p.m. today at Bernalillo H.S.
• First-round games: Jal defeated To’Hajiillee 73-53, while Fort Sumner won over Dora 67-48.
• Notes: Fort Sumner is hoping to win the 4/5 game for the third consecutive year, only this time it’s as the higher seed. The Foxes won the 1A state title as a No. 5 seed in 2009. … Foxes coach John Wootton said the Panthers like to use their bench and play an uptempo style. “They’ve got some decent size, and they seem to be athletic,” Wootton said. “They like to push the ball, and they’re not afraid to shoot it.” … Jal’s best player appears to be 6-foot-1 senior F Caz Copeland, Wootton said, while 6-3 senior C Sidney Cervantes is a strong defender capable of blocking shots. … Both teams won district regular-season and tournament titles. Jal’s only loss in District 8-1A was a 45-40 decision at Floyd (13-14), which has advanced to the state quarterfinals as a No. 11 seed.
• Up next: The winner gets either top-seeded Hagerman or No. 8 Menaul in a 4:45 p.m. semifinal on Thursday, also at Bernalillo.
(11) Floyd (13-14) vs. (3) Springer (24-3)
• When/where: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bernalillo H.S.
• First-round games: Floyd upended sixth-seeded Coronado 61-53; the Red Devils knocked off McCurdy 67-50.
• Notes: For what it’s worth, Springer also won at Coronado by eight points (78-70) in January. … The Red Devils come in on a 12-game winning streak, including a 74-68 victory in January at top-seeded Fort Sumner. … Springer relies heavily on 6-3 junior F Leonard Arias inside. Its perimeter game features 5-9 senior Gs Isaiah De Herrera and Irvyng Urquijo and 5-5 junior G Jacob Romero. … Broncos coach Rafael Roybal knows it’s likely to only get tougher from here. “You’re talking about a program (in Springer) that’s been in the final four five times in the last six years,” he said. “There’s no easy ducks up at state.”
• Up next: The winner gets either seventh-seeded Gallup Catholic or No. 2 Cliff in an 8:15 p.m. semifinal on Thursday at Bernalillo.
(5) Elida (15-10) vs. (4) Wagon Mound (19-7)
• When/where: 9:45 a.m. today at Bernalillo H.S.
• Notes: The Trojans like to play an up-tempo game, Elida coach Darrell Chenault said. “They’re a really good team,” he said. “They run and gun, shoot 3s.” He said Wagon Mound goes seven or eight deep. … Top players for the Trojans are 5-11 sophomore G Eric Olguin and 6-1 junior C Corey Muniz. Chenault said Olguin is a good ballhandler and a proficient 3-point shooter. … The Tigers don’t mind playing fast, Chenault said. “I think we’re OK with that style,” he said. “We just have to take care of the ball and try to get it inside.”
• Up next: The winner gets either eighth-seeded Mosquero or top-seeded Quemado in an 1:15 p.m. semifinal on Thursday at Bernalillo.
— Compiled by Dave Wagner