ENMU Tip-Off Classic features four games

CMI staff

Get ready for a full day of basketball at Greyhound Arena.

The Eastern New Mexico University Tip-Off features three high school games surrounding ENMU’s 5 p.m. contest against Northern New Mexico.

The opener pits Roswell High against Belen at 1 p.m., followed by Portales against Wingate at 3 p.m. After the ENMU-NNMC matchup, Clovis High faces Mayfield in the finale at 7 p.m.

An all-day pass to the event is $5.

ENMU brings a 3-3 mark into tonight’s contest after splitting a pair of games in last weekend’s West Texas A&M Thanksgiving Classic.

The NAIA Division II Eagles, meantime, sport a three-game winning streak and a 7-5 record, with five victories over NCAA Division II opponents. They are coming off a 92-72 home win over University of the Southwest in their last outing, led by 17 points from 6-foot-7 senior forward A.J. Peralta.

Senior guard Matthew Brito leads NNMC in scoring for the season (16.3 ppg), while Peralta is next (11.7 ppg) and also averages a team-best 7.1 rebounds per outing. Brito (New Mexico Highlands) and Peralta (McMurry) are transfers from NCAA Division II programs.

ENMU is 2-0 all-time against Northern New Mexico. A game scheduled here last year was canceled due to injuries which left the Eagles extremely short-handed.

With a win, fifth-year ENMU coach Andrew Helton would pass Sterling Gibson (1973-78) for sixth place on the all-time ENMU wins list. He is currently 52-62.

This will be ENMU’s final home game before the holiday break. The Greyhounds in Portales again until hosting Cameron in their Lone Star Conference opener on Jan. 8.

Roswell High brings a 2-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in Class 4A into its game against Belen. The Eagles are 0-1, having lost to Atrisco Heritage 81-58.

Portales, which lost at Roswell High 85-50 in its opener on Thursday night, will look to get on track against a Wingate squad coming off a 54-51 win at home over Rehoboth Christian. Wingate has a quick turnaround; it was scheduled to play at Sandia Prep on Friday night.

Clovis High won its opener at home over Rio Rancho 62-53 last Saturday and takes on a Mayfield squad (4-2) which has played all but one of its games so far against El Paso schools. The Trojans football team, meantime, is slated to face city rival Las Cruces High today at the Field of Dreams in the Class 5A state championship game.

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