Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Column: Sanchez's shooter's mentality pays off for Hobbs in win over Sandia

Hobbs' Adrian Sanchez shoots a 3-pointer. 
(This column appears in Thursday's edition of the Hobbs News-Sun. Read the Hobbs game story as well as other state tournament stories in Thursday's sports section of the News-Sun.)

  ALBUQUERQUE — Adrian Sanchez entered Wednesday’s Class 5A state quarterfinal game against No. 2 Sandia having hit 99 3-pointers this season for No. 7 Hobbs – a single-season school record.
  After his first five attempts of the game, it was hard to believe he’d hit any.
  The senior was 0-for-5 to start the game with three air balls and another that was well off the mark.
  While a bit discouraged, the senior didn’t stop shooting.
  Sanchez drained a 3-pointer late in the second quarter and it would be a run of four consecutive for him, including a game-winner where he pump faked, took a dribble and swished it through with 1.0 seconds left to lead the Eagles past the Matadors 66-65 at The Pit.
  In a contest where it would’ve been easy for Sanchez – a vocal leader for the Eagles – to get frustrated and lose focus, he kept on shooting thanks to a little pep talk from Hobbs coach Mike Smith.
  “Coach just told me to keep my head up and take my shots,” Sanchez said. “Coach told me, ‘You may have missed the first five, but you’ll hit the next five.’ I just took that mentality and they started falling for me.”

Sunday, March 3, 2013

NMAA releases 2013 boys and girls state basketball tournament brackets

Tyler Fletcher/News-Sun
Hobbs' Dane Pannell glides in for two
points against Carlsbad at Tasker Arena.
  The New Mexico Activities Association released the 2013 boys and girls state basketball tournament brackets with several Lea County schools making the cut.
  Here are the links for the boys and girls brackets.
  The Hobbs boys received the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 Volcano Vista 7 p.m. Saturday at Tasker Arena. The Hobbs girls got the No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Gadsden 7 p.m. Friday at Tasker Arena.
  As for the Lovington teams, the boys got the No. 9 seed and will travel to play No. 8 Taos on Saturday while the defending Class 3A state champion Lady Wildcats received the No. 6 seed and host No. 11 Raton on Friday.
  As for Tatum, the Lady Coyotes picked up the No. 1 seed and will host No. 16 Shiprock Northwest on Friday while the Tatum boys got the No. 14 seed and will travel to play No. 3 To'jahiilee on Saturday.
  Neither Eunice or Jal team made the tournament.