NMMI beats Rams at the buzzer

PNT staff ROSWELL — New Mexico Military Institute won a game of stall ball, hitting a layup with two seconds left to beat the Rams 37-36 in a District 4-3A matchup. NMMI outscored Portales four to two in the fourth quarter to hand the Rams their first district loss. With the Rams up by one, […]

Rams victorious in Ruidoso

PNT Staff Writer RUIDOSO—The Portales Rams beat the Ruidoso Warriors four out of five times last season. Saturday night, the Portales boys continued that trend with a 60-46 district win in the mountains. “Offensively we did a good job,” Portales head coach Mark Gallegos said. “We didn’t have the same kind of defensive intensity that […]

Zias suffer heartbreaker at Tarleton State

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — For a brief moment, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team had its first Lone Star Conference South Division victory in sight. Then, just like that, Tarleton State took it away. ENMU senior Heather Brown’s basket gave the Zias a one-point lead with just over six seconds left Saturday […]

Lady Rams dominate Dexter, undefeated in District 4-3A

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers The Lady Rams were never threatened by the Dexter girls Saturday night, but they weren’t absolutely pleased with their performance either in the 66-33 district win. Portales junior Bethany Self scored 13 of her 15 points in the fourth period, as the Lady Rams maintained a healthy 20-30 point margin […]

Rams compete well, but fall short against Coyotes

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales boys coach Mark Gallegos wanted to know if his Rams could compete with one of the top teams in Class 4A. After Friday night, he has no doubt. The Roswell Coyotes outscored Portales 16-6 in the third quarter, then survived a late Portales charge to beat the Rams […]

Hounds undefeated in LSC South

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — If Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach Shawn Scanlan was wondering how his team would react in a bad situation, he found out Thursday night. The Greyhounds twice erased major deficits in turning back Midwestern State 86-81 to retain the early lead in the Lone Star Conference men’s race […]

Zias fall to ACU

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore center Audrey Maxwell scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and junior forward Alex Guiton added 22 points Thursday night to lift Abilene Christian past Eastern New Mexico University 72-67 in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup. The Wildcats (11-6, 2-1 South) held on after building an […]

Greyhounds win LSC south opener

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Junior Justin Redman-Trotter hit four late free throws, including the two clinching shots with five seconds left, as Eastern New Mexico University held off Abilene Christian 86-82 on Thursday in the men’s Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams. Senior guard Stephen Wilson went 10-of-14 from the field […]

Navajo Pine handles Rams

By Eric Butler: Freedom Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Portales thought it played at the opponent’s preferred tempo in the semifinals of the Hope Christian tournament on Friday. Navajo Pine, meanwhile, thought it played at the Rams’ pace. Whatever was the truth, it was Navajo Pine that came away with a 48-44 victory over Portales to move […]

Greyhounds fall short against UCO

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Down by 17 points and looking dead in the water, Eastern New Mexico University’s men put together a spirited rally to take the lead with less than eight minutes left Saturday. Just as quickly, though, Central Oklahoma regained control with baskets on three consecutive possessions and the Bronchos went on […]

Zias have big game, down UCO at home

By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese said he has been waiting for freshman post Rochelle Vance to have a breakout game. Weese got his wish as Vance posted a double-double off the bench to help the Zias to an 81-67 victory over Central Oklahoma in a Lone […]

Northeastern St. defeats Greyhounds

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By Kevin Wilson Northeastern State wasn’t having much luck getting second chances with their admittedly-poor offensive rebounding. Instead, they took their chances from the 3-point line and ran away in the second half. Steve Neal had 17 to lead four Redmen in double figures, and Northeastern State hit four of its six second-half 3-pointers during […]

Lady Rams finish Clovis tourney on high note

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez said if her girls could combine their first half against La Cueva with their first half against Gallup, they would have won this weekend’s Plateau Holiday Classic. As it stands, they won the consolation championship with a 45-24 win Friday morning against […]

Rams bounce back with domination win over Lordsburg

PNT staff The Portales Rams rebounded from a first-round loss in Las Vegas’ Stu Clark basketball tournament to dominate the Lordsburg Mavericks Friday afternoon 62-37. The Rams spread the ball around, as center Chance Sherburne led Portales with 9 points, followed by fellow senior Cruz Ontiveros posting 8 points. “I feel real good because our […]

Portales wins battle of defending champs

By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers Portales coach Brenda Gomez said in five of the Lady Rams’ six losses this season, they let a lead slip away. Portales refused to let it happen again Friday, surviving sloppy ballhandling and poor shooting to edge Gallup 31-29 in a consolation semifinal game in the Plateau Holiday Classic at […]

Poor shooting gives Carlsbad win over Rams

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Rams missed their shots, and the Carlsbad Cavemen made theirs. Put together, the two facts resulted in a 62-36 blowout Friday night at Portales High School. Travis Nygren scored a game-high 13 and Jose Cruz Lopez added nine points for the Cavemen, who never trailed. Senior Skyler […]

Greyhounds lose at Commerce

Freedom Newspapers COMMERCE, Texas — Junior Kevin Widemond scored a career-high 27 points Saturday, lifting Texas A&M-Commerce past Eastern New Mexico University 77-68 in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game. Widemond, a 6-foot guard from Newark, N.J., hit 7-of-10 from 3-point range. Seniors Lamar Searight and Archie Beason both added 18 points for the […]

Clovis blows past Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Clovis junior Ebony Bunton scored 22 points in keeping the Clovis girls undefeated, leading the Wildcats to a 51-34 domination of the Portales Lady Rams Friday night at Portales. “I felt like we defended very well tonight, and played physical, got after it,” Clovis coach Miles Watters said. “I […]

Hounds secure first win

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Mikal Monette scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in securing the fourth double-double of his career, as the Greyhounds got their first win of the season, beating cross-state rival New Mexico Highlands University 81-71 Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena. “This team that […]

Washburn hands Hounds second tournament loss

Freedom Newspapers Junior forward Kyle Snyder scored 12 points and had team-highs of 17 rebounds and four assists Saturday night to lead Washburn (Kan.) past Eastern New Mexico University’s men 63-55 in the third-place game of the Harry Miller/ENMU Shootout at Greyhound Arena. Senior forward Frank Phifer scored 17 points and sophomore forward Paul Byers […]