SHALLOWATER, Texas — The Portales Rams earned fifth place at the Shallowater Shootout and a .500 record on the season Saturday with a 45-37 victory over Lubbock Cooper.
Daniel Aranda, who has reached double figures in all four games this season for Portales (2-2), had 17 points in the win, which saw Portales jump out to a 15-4 advantage after the first quarter.
“We got into the press early and jumped on them,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said. “We came out with a lot more intensity (than Friday).”
Chris Adkins added 11 for Portales, which plays Tuesday at Roswell.
Nobody reached double figures for the Pirates, who got eight points from both John Taylor and Chance Ehers.
Johnny Garcia had six and Cruz Ontiveros five for Portales.
“I think we grew up a lot (in the tournament),” Gallegos said. “We learned that we’ve got to make defense a priority.”
Lady Tigers claim three wins
ANTON, Texas — The Elida Lady Tigers battled won three out of four games this weekend at the Anton Tournament to come away with third place and a 4-1 season record.
Lady Tiger senior Kodi Armitage was selected to the all-tournament team as a guard.
“I was real pleased with the way we hustled and worked hard,’ coach Dan Howard said. “How hard we hustled, (that) was what I was looking for.”
In Saturday’s game against Morton, Texas, senior Jewlie Paiz led the way for the Lady Tigers with 16 points as Elida never trailed. The only letdown was in the fourth quarter when Morton outscored Elida by a point. The final was 65-46 in Elida’s favor.
Lindsay Bob Smith added 14 and Armitage 10 for the total.
On Friday afternoon Elida saw it’s only slip as Texico got past them 36-31. Howard credited the loss to a tough man-to-man pressure defense from the Lady Wolverines.
Paiz was leading scorer in that game as well with 11, while Armitage had eight.
Against Bovina at 7 a.m. on Friday, Elida shook off the early hour to win 35-32. According to Howard the game was pretty physical but he was proud of the way his girls hung in to pull it out.
Smith led the Lady Tigers with 15 while Armitage got eight.
The Lady Tigers host House Tuesday.
Tigers claim consolation title
ANTON, Texas — The Elida Tigers wrapped up three days of tournament play here Saturday with a 46-45 win over Kress, Texas in overtime in the consolation final of the Anton Tournament.
“Awesome,” coach Darrell Chenault said, of his team’s play during the tournament. “We won two out of three games and won the consolation bracket. We had a good tournament.”
Elida is 3-2 on the season and hosts House on Tuesday.
Kress went ahead 28-14 at the half, but Elida held its opponent to just three points during the third to climb back into the game. Regulation ended in a 40-40 tie and Kress was ahead by a point with two seconds left in the extra session. Elida senior Thomas West ended the game with a put-back for the difference.
Wesley Gilmore had 14 for Elida while West notched an even 10.
David Castilla came away with 25 for Kress.
On Friday Elida had an easier time, beating Bovina 56-39. Bovina led 28-25 at the half before Elida put the brakes on the Steers’ offense in the third to outscore them 16-4.
Bovina shot 3-of-40 on 3-pointers, according to Chenault.
Chenault said the other key was a Steer defense that left his three big men open most of the evening.
West had 19 for Elida while Tom Sullivan and Caleb Widener each had 10.
Jesus Roca scored 13 and Michael Ortiz 12 to lead the Steers.