TEXICO — There weren’t any magical moments to help the Texico Wolverines Saturday night.
Mesilla Valley was in control most of the way, particularly in the second half when the Son Blazers outscored the two-time defending Class 2A champion Wolverines 34-21 for a 63-50 victory in a battle of unbeatens.
It was a small measure of revenge for Mesilla Valley, which lost to Texico 58-55 in the state finals in 2008 — Texico was a perfect 20-for-20 from the free throw line in that one — and 58-57 in last year’s state semifinals when Wolverines junior guard Jose Posada hoisted in a last-second 3-pointer.
“I’m not predicting anything,” said Mesilla Valley coach Terry Adler, “but we’ll probably meet them again somewhere along the line. We’re just very fortunate to get out of here with a win tonight.”
Senior guard Cody Correa hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points — all in the first three quarters — for the Las Cruces-based Blazers (16-0). Junior post Sean Harris added 13 — eight coming in the final period — while senior forward Kyle Vasey scored 12.
Texico (14-1) had a pair of one-point leads in the second quarter, and the game was tied three times in the opening half, including 29-29 at the intermission. The Son Blazers scored the first four points of the third stanza and were never headed.
“I felt like they’ve been in a few more ‘bigger’ games this season,” Wolverines coach Richard Luscombe said. “That’s basically the same team they had last year.
“When they needed to make shots they did; that’s the mark of a good team. We’ve been able to get away with a few things against other teams that you can’t get away with against someone like that.”
The Son Blazers won a tournament at Alamogordo earlier this year against essentially Class 5A teams. They’ve also had two close wins over Bosque, another strong 2A program.
Mesilla Valley had three turnovers in the first quarter, then didn’t have another one until the middle of the third period. The Blazers finished the night with only seven floor errors.
Texico got 16 points from senior forward Seth Bailey and 13 from junior post Lucas Walthers.
Adler said his team went to a zone in the second half and tried to trap the Wolverines on the wings. He said he thought they were generally successful.
“The magnitude of this game, the importance of this game for us was big,” Adler said. “It was important for us to get that experience right now.”