Coyotes absorb loss in Tularosa tourney

PNT Staff

TULAROSA — The Tularosa Wildcats jumped out to a 24-7 lead at the quarter and beat Dora 78-53 Thursday night in a quarterfinal game of the seventh annual Tularosa Basic Classic.
Bill Turner scored 22 points for Tularosa (3-0), while Travis Belcher and J.R. Gonzales led Dora with 13 apiece. The Coyotes (3-5) play Cloudcroft in a 2:30 p.m. consolation semifinal today.

Tularosa 78, Dora 53
Dora (3-5) —
Travis Belcher 13, Payton Terry 3, Tyler Wilhoit 4, Efrain Lopez 2, J.R. Gonzales 13, Clay Smith 2, Casey O’Connor 4, Brant Hays 10, Austin Prewett 2. Totals 18 13-17 53.
Tularosa (3-0) — Mike Silva 2, Jude Otero 8, Steven Williams 6, Chris Melencez 8, Nash Kowatch 2, Bill Turner 22, Tel Trammell 2, Aaron Marruijo 1, Justin Centella 8, Will Skaggs 7, Rob Abercrombie 12. Totals 36 4-11 78.
Dora 7 10 18 18 — 53
Tularosa 24 18 16 20 — 78
3-pointers — Dora (2): Hays 2, Belcher, Gonzales. Tularosa (2): Melendez 2.

Elida teams beaten
NEW DEAL, Texas — Host New Deal, leading by only six points at halftime, broke away when play resumed and rolled to a 64-29 win over Elida Thursday in a boys first-round game of the Mean Green Classic.
New Deal led 11-0 at the quarter, but watched the Tigers (1-3) close to 23-17 at halftime. Freshman Wesley Gilmore led Elida in scoring with 13 points.
The Elida girls also lost their first-round game, falling to Smyer 43-25.
Smyer delivered well over half of its points on nine 3-pointers, including six in the second half to break open a 20-17 game.
Senior Shalie Anthony led Elida with eight points.
Both Elida squads were slated to leave at 5 a.m. today. Each is scheduled to play a second-round game at 8 a.m. (MST).

Boys
New Deal 64, Elida 29
Elida (1-3) —
Dylan Radcliff 4, Ever Varela 3, Tom Sullivan 4, Trenton Chenaujlt 3, Wesley Gilmore 13, Aaron Roberts 2. Totals 10 7-10 29.
New Deal — Bybee 15, Burton 16, Martin 4, Bigham 10, McIntire 11, Cervantes 6, Peters 2. Totals 26 8-17 64.
Elida 0 17 4 8 — 29
New Deal 11 12 16 25 — 64
3-pointers — Elida (2): Chenault, Varela. New Deal (4): McIntire 3, Cervantes.

Girls
Smyer (Texas) 43, Elida 25
Elida (2-2) —
Casey Ford 7, Kodi Armitage 2, Amber Griffin 1, Adrienne Coe 6, Lyndsey Smith 1, Shalie Anthony 8. Totals 10 4-6 25.
Smyer — Chelsea Fowler 2, Tiffany See 9, Berry Andrews 7, Crystal See 10, Erica Hernandez 12, Christi Shields 3. Totals 15 4-14 43.
Elida 9 8 3 5 — 25
Smyer 5 15 14 9 — 43
3-pointers — Elida (1): Ford. Smyer (9): Hernandez 3, C. See 3, T. See 3.