Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Prep hoops: Bulldawgs, SonBlazers advance; Lady Trojans take court today

(The Bulldawgs bench celebrates their 64-58 quarterfinals win over La Cueva/Photo by Jim Thompson of the Albuquerque Journal)

The Las Cruces Bulldawgs beat La Cueva 64-58 on Wednesday night, advancing to the semifinals of the Class 5A State Boys Basketball Championships. It was a big win for the ’Dawgs: The past two years they were eliminated in quarterfinals contests in The Pit, last year as a No. 1 seed. Wednesday, they conquered those demons, while moving their record against La Cueva to 3-0 over the past three seasons. Now, they'll try to take down another nemesis — former LCHS head coach Mike Smith, who now coaches at Hobbs. The Bulldawgs and Eagles will play at 8:15 p.m. Thursday night in a state semifinals contest.

At Mesilla Valley Christian, head coach Terry Adler continues to work a masterful job, as the SonBlazers moved to the Class 2A semifinals with a 56-48 win over No. 2-seeded Pecos. MVCS, seeded No. 7, will now play No. 3 Dexter on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

As for the girls side of the bracket, No. 2 Mayfield will face No. 6 Volcano Vista on Thursday, also in Rio Rancho. Volcano Vista is the defending Class 5A state champions, although the Trojans hold the upper hand in this one, and could very well see No. 1-ranked Clovis this weekend in a highly-intriguing state title game.

For a full list of the boys state quarterfinals scores and semifinals matchups, click here.

For a full list of the girls state quarterfinals scores and semifinals matchups, click here.

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