District 3-5A hoops tips off tonight, with Gadsden facing Oñate and Las Cruces High taking on Alamogordo.
This district is going to come down to Oñate and Las Cruces High. And I like LCHS.
The Bulldawgs have size up front and a solid point guard in Joseph Garza. Watch an LCHS game — Garza rarely comes out if at all. Him being on the court and playing steady is the secret ingredient for the Bulldawgs.
The Knights have the state's best backcourt in Tim Jacobs and Terrel de Rouen. They play a low-risk, slowed-down style. Should they push the tempo against the Bulldawgs? I think so, as it would play to the Knights strength and run away from the Bulldawgs' height.
Either way, these are two good basketball teams and are top-five programs in the state this year. It will be a battle when they meet on the court. Their first meeting will be this Friday at LCHS.
And when you factor in Mayfield and Gadsden you have arguably the state's top district next to District 2-5A, made up of Eldorado, La Cueva, Manzano and Sandia. It should be fun the rest of the way.