Texico’s boys are seeking back-to-back Class 2A state championships this week. If they do it, the Wolverines will have to beat a couple of teams which might have revenge on their minds.
Texico, seeded fourth, faces fifth-seeded Bosque in today’s 3 p.m. quarterfinal at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. The Wolverines (26-3) edged Bosque in overtime at Texico in last year’s round of 16.
If they win today, the Wolverines are likely to meet top-seeded Mesilla Valley in the semifinals. It would be a rematch of last season’s title game in which the Wolverines went 20-for-20 from the free throw line to win 58-55.
“We’re going to have to play well,” said veteran Wolverines coach Richard Luscombe, who also led the team to a title in 2001. “I think any one of the eight teams has a legitimate shot at it.”
On paper, Texico might appear to be a solid favorite over the Bobcats (23-5). The Wolverines beat Bosque 59-42 in the finals of Texico’s tournament in December, and fellow District 6-2A member Santa Rosa has wins by 19 and 21 points over the Bobcats this season.
The losses to Santa Rosa are the only ones for Bosque in its last 16 games.
Luscombe is worried about Ryan Schaffer, Bosque’s 6-foot-9 senior center.
“Their big kid is obviously a concern,” Luscombe said. “And they’re getting some good guard play.”
In Class 1A, Fort Sumner (17-9) takes a No. 5 seed into a 5:30 p.m. matchup at Bernalillo High School against No. 4 Tatum (21-7).
The Foxes, runnersup in District 3-1A, faced the Coyotes twice last year, each team winning at home, but didn’t face Tatum this season. Two of Tatum’s losses were to fellow 3-1A members Floyd and Dora, both by 48-45 scores at Tatum.
Foxes coach John Wootton said his team, which won at Logan 75-54 in a round-of-16 game on Saturday, comes in playing at a high level.
“The last three games we’ve played better than we have during the rest of the season,” he said.
Fort Sumner’s senior class were freshmen the last time the Foxes reached this point. Senior forward Berry Stinnett has led the team in scoring each of the past three seasons and this year is averaging 15.3 points and 10 rebounds a game.
“Hopefully, we’ll play relaxed,” Wootton said. “We came out Saturday night (at Logan) and played pretty well.”