LITTLEFIELD — After a tough one-point loss to Farwell in Thursday’s opening round of the Wildcat Classic, Portales’ boys bounced back with a strong performance on Friday.
The Rams dominated Whitharral 64-40 and whipped Friona 52-37 in consolation bracket play to earn a final game in the tournament at 1 p.m. (MST) today against Andrews, Texas.
“Our kids responded real positively to the loss (on Thursday),” Rams coach Rickie McBroom said. “They showed up with a lot of toughness and effort.
“It was big for us to do that because it allows us to play another one (fourth game in the tournament).”
The Rams (5-4) dominated Whitharral (1-10) in the early game, building a 14- point halftime lead and then outscoring the Panthers 22-3 in the third quarter. Ten PHS players scored, led by seniors Daniel Sanchez with 13 points and Zach Campbell with 10.
Portales led the Chieftains (5-5) by just two points at halftime before holding Friona to only 14 points over the final two quarters. McBroom said guards Jarret Faust and Matt Martinez combined to limit Friona’s top player, guard Cole Stowers, to 11 points.
“They did a great job on Cole Stowers,” he said. “That was huge. He’s been averaging close to 30 (points) per game.”
Campbell (15 points) and Sanchez (13) led the Rams in scoring again. Portales had five 3-pointers in the contest from four players, including two from guard Isaiah Alvarado, who had a trio of 3s against Whitharral.
Texico remained unbeaten for the season at 10-0 with a 54-47 victory over Smyer, and the Wolverines will play host Littlefield in today’s 7 p.m. (MST) championship game after the Wildcats got past Farwell 56-52 in overtime in Friday’s late semifinal.