Texico basketball coach Richard Luscombe crouches with some of his team members during his 400th win Saturday during the EPAC tournament.
Texico wasn’t playing for the championship of the boys EPAC tournament on Saturday, but a third-place 65-58 victory over Fort Sumner was still significant.
It marked the 400th career victory at Texico for Wolverines coach Richard Luscombe at the school.
“I can remember playing and coming to this tournament for, basically, my whole life,” said Luscombe, who graduated from Dora in 1979. “I realize it’s a third-place game, but the competition level is still really good. And it was a game where I think we played one of our best games of the season.
“That itself is significance enough. Then you add the 400th on top of that.”
All of these 400 wins came at Texico, although Luscombe did have a stint at Lazbuddie, Texas, before he moved back to eastern New Mexico. In Lazbuddie, he won 84 games.
This is Luscombe’s 19th season as the Wolverines’ boys coach. In 2001, he guided Texico to a Class 2A state crown which culminated with a championship victory over Tularosa.
Ironically, No. 300 also came at the EPAC tourney, when Texico played in the 2003 championship game at Greyhound Arena.
“I was an eighth-grader, (and) I remember sitting on the bench,” said Luscombe’s son, Courtland, a senior who had a game-high 28 points against the Foxes.
At the end of the first quarter, a 3-pointer from Courtland Luscombe pushed the lead up over double figures, and Texico was never seriously challenged by its rivals to the west from that point.
“I think he was helping us as a manager when the 300th came along and was just a little guy,” Richard Luscombe said. “He had a real good game tonight and that made it nice.”
Luscombe and his wife Joann are the parents of three children: Courtland, a senior, Katlin and Carlee.
Katlin is a sophomore for the Texico girls basketball team.
After the landmark win, Luscombe had other “kids” in his mind, too.
“I’ve had a lot of good kids in the process,” he said. “You couldn’t get that far if you didn’t have a lot of good kids.”