By Dave Wagner
CMI sports writer
Coming off an exhilarating four-overtime win at Artesia on Tuesday night, the Portales Rams swing back into action today when they face West Las Vegas in the Portales Shoot Out at the Ram Athletic Center.
Meantime, the Lady Rams will see their first action in the new year when they take on Taos at 7:30 p.m.
Four games are on tap today and again on Saturday, with the Lady Rams meeting Tularosa (9-2) at 5 p.m. on Saturday Rams facing Las Vegas Robertson (2-10) in the 7 p.m. finale.
The PHS boys pulled out a 75-73 win at Artesia to improve to 7-4, surviving a difficult, last-second 3-point attempt by the Bulldogs in the final OT. Meantime, senior Nate Chavez sent the game into another extra session with a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in the third OT.
West Las Vegas (4-5) figures to present the tougher challenge for PHS. The Dons, led by freshman guard D.J. Bustos with an average of 20 points per game, are coming off a 58-49 win at Ruidoso in their last outing a week ago.
“We’ve seen them on film,” Rams coach Rickie McBroom said. “West shoots the ball really well. We’re going to have to play well.”
The Cardinals (2-10) have struggled, with their only wins coming over Desert Academy (98-64) and Socorro (50-44).
“They like to bump and grind,” McBroom said. “They’ve been up and down, but you can’t overlook anybody.”
On the girls’ side, Taos (3-8) got off to a terrible start, but the Lady Tigers actually come into this weekend’s event on a three-game winning streak. They beat Questa 46-29 last Friday.
Three of the Lady Tigers’ losses are by five points or less.
Tularosa (9-2), ranked sixth in Class 2A, is led by 5-foot-3 junior point guard Kyanne Kowatch, who leads the team in scoring (16.0 ppg), assists (3.3 apg), steals (3.3 spg) and, surprisingly, blocked shots (nine for the season). The Lady Wildcats’ losses were to Class 1A No. 1 Cliff (69-53) and Class 3A No. 6 St. Michael’s (54-43).
PHS last played on Dec. 28, beating Wellington 41-38 to win the Wildcat Classic at Littlefield.
PHS SHOOT OUT
At Ram Athletic Center
Santa Fe Indian (7-4) vs. Las Vegas Robertson (2-10), 4:30 p.m.
West Las Vegas (4-5) vs. Portales (7-4), 6 p.m.
Santa Fe Indian vs. West Las Vegas, 2 p.m.
Robertson vs. Portales, 7 p.m.
Roswell Goddard (7-6) vs. Tularosa (9-2), 3 p.m.
Taos (3-8) vs. Portales (11-1), 7:30 p.m.
Goddard vs. Taos, 3:30 p.m.
Tularosa vs. Portales, 5 p.m.