Rams overcome early deficit to beat Wingate

By Dave Wagner

CMI sports writer

dwagner@cnjonlline.com

One might have thought the Wingate Bears, coming off a Friday night game in Albuquerque followed by a long early-morning trip to Portales, might have struggled with their legs in Saturday’s matchup against Portales at Greyhound Arena.

Wingate, which lost on Friday at Sandia Prep 43-39, built an eight-point lead early in the second quarter but couldn’t keep it up as the Rams stormed back for a 55-45 win as part of Eastern New Mexico University’s four-game “Tip-Off” at Greyhound Arena.

Senior guard Isaiah Alvarado helped rally the Rams (1-1), hitting three consecutive 3-pointers to help turn a 20-12 deficit into a 26-22 lead at halftime.

“I think we finally settled down a little bit,” Rams coach Rickie McBroom said. “I thought a key was we started to rebound the ball better.”

Alvarado scored all 10 of his points in a span of less than four minutes toward the end of the half. Portales extended its lead to as much as 12 points in the second half.

Tony Bullocks: Clovis Media Inc. Portales senior Daniel Sanchez goes for a layup in the second half of Saturday’s game against Wingate on Saturday in the Eastern New Mexico University “Tip-off” at Greyhound Arena. Sanchez finished with nine points in the Rams’ 55-45 win.

Tony Bullocks: Clovis Media Inc.
Portales senior Daniel Sanchez goes for a layup in the second half of Saturday’s game against Wingate on Saturday in the Eastern New Mexico University “Tip-off” at Greyhound Arena. Sanchez finished with nine points in the Rams’ 55-45 win.

“We needed the shooting,” McBroom said. “We were having a hard time getting it inside to our posts. In the second half we did a much better job of getting it inside.”

Assistant coach Billy Badonie, filling in with head coach Alfred Martinez away in Arizona watching his son’s junior college football bowl game, said trips like that aren’t that unusual for the Bears (1-2).

“I think our boys are used to it,” he said. “They (Bears) were ready; you’ve got to be ready every game.”

Senior post Zach Campbell led the Rams with 13 points — all but one in the second half — and eight rebounds, while junior guard Matt Martinez added 10 points.

“That big guy was pretty tough on us,” Badonie said, referring to Campbell. “At times we’d close up on him, but he was able to kick the ball out (to shooters).”

McBroom said after struggling in a loss at Roswell High on Thursday night and through the first quarter Saturday, the Rams finally started to get on track.

The Rams extended their 2-3 zone to pressure the Bears more after the early part of the game. Portales forced Wingate into 23 turnovers.

“They were just too comfortable in the first quarter,” McBroom said.

Forward Kacee Begay led Wingate with 11 points.

The Rams are back in action on Tuesday, hosting Roswell Goddard, before traveling to New Mexico Military on Saturday.

 

Saturday

Boys

At Greyhound Arena

Portales 55, Wingate 45

Wingate (1-2) — Kyle Begay 0 1-2 1, Geoff Deswood 1 0-0 3, Benny Perry 2 0-0 5, Ty Vandever 0 0-0 0, Arlo Enoah 2 4-4 8, Wyatt Gibson 0 0-0- 0, Kacee Begay 4 3-5 11, Kennell Jones 4 1-2 9, Brandon Boys 3 0-0 6, Dustin Nee 1 0-0 2. Totals 17-48 9-13 45.

Portales (1-1) — Matt Martinez 3-6 3-6 10, Jarret Faust 2-2 0-1 4, Ben Martinez 0-2 2-2 2, Isaiah Alvarado 3-9 1-2 10, Daniel Sanchez 3-6 1-2 9, Caleb Burciaga 1-2 0-0 2, Zach Campbell 4-8 5-9 13, Paul Conrow 0-0 1-2 1, Nathan Chavez 1-8 2-4 4. Totals 17-43 15-28 55.

Wingate 14 8 5 18 — 45

Portales 9 17 12 17 — 55

3-pointers — Wingate 2-14 (Deswood, Perry), Portales 6-17 (Alvarado 3-8, Sanchez 2-3, M. Martinez 1-2, Chavez 0-4). Rebounds — Wingate 30, Portales 27 (Campbell 8). Assists — Wingate n/a, Portales 7 (Faust, M. Martinez 2). Total fouls — Wingate 18, Portales 15. Fouled out — none.

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