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Kirtland Central boys and girls basketball teams win tournament titles

FARMINGTON – Tournament action was in full swing for many prep basketball teams across San Juan County.

The Kirtland Central Broncos boys and girls teams won the championship, while several teams played their final games before the winter break.

Here’s how these teams fared.

Boys basketball

Kirtland Central 61, Pojoaque Valley 40

The Kirtland Central boys basketball team competed in their division of the two-day Ben Lujan tournament held at Pojoaque Valley High School over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Broncos fought a 61:40 triumph against the Elks’ host team, taking their third win in a row and improving their record to 5: 6.

The Broncos worked their way into this showdown on Saturday after a hard-fought 65:60 win in extra time against the Santa Fe Indian School.

In that win, Satchel Hogue led the Broncos with 23 points, while Jarvis Mullahin, Jr. scored 17 points and Kragen Cadman came in with 10.

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The Broncos won their division of the Lujan tournament, which consisted of two separate groups of four, each played two games.

The Broncos will be back in action at 7pm on Thursday when they hit Crownpoint.

Girls basketball

Kirtland Central 80, Pojoaque Valley 33

Kirtland Central girls’ basketball team dominated the competition for two games, winning their division of the Ben Lujan tournament at Pojoaque Valley High School, crowned by a 47-point victory in Saturday’s championship game against the host elks.

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The Broncos (6-2) beat Pojoaque Valley 80-33 to win the title, just a day away from a similar blowout win over Socorro on Friday in which the Broncos won 63-28.

The Broncos, ranked fourth in the latest poll for Class 4A teams in New Mexico, have won five games in a row, each in double digits, while playing Navajo Prep at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday. prepare for a major non-district game.

The Eagles rank third in the state in Class 3A with a 6-2 record.

Española Valley 64, Shiprock 43

The Española Valley girls’ basketball team beat Shiprock in the second half with 39:20 on their way to a convincing 64:43 home win on Friday night.

The teams went into the locker room, which was only separated by two points, with the Sundevils leading 25:23 at halftime.

The win ended a two-game losing streak at Española Valley, while the Chieftains (2-6) have lost four of their last five and will face Las Cruces in the Holiday Hoopla Tournament at Las Cruces High School next week.

Gallup 57, Piedra Vista 49

The Gallup girls’ basketball team has put its winning streak to 10 in a row with a home win over Piedra Vista on Saturday afternoon.

The Bengals, who finished first in the latest MaxPreps poll, improved to 11-1 with their only loss in the second game of the campaign to Farmington High School.

Piedra Vista (5-2) will be home Tuesday night to face Aztec before taking to the streets next week to compete in a tournament in Phoenix.

Aztec's Daniella Sanders attempts to regain control of a loose ball against Farmingtons Carolyn Thomas (30) and Kiiyani Anitielu (23) during a game at Scorpion Arena at Farmington High School.

Laguna Acoma 27, Aztec 19

The Aztec girls’ basketball team finished the Rumble in the Jungle Tournament with a record of 1-2 after suffering a 27:19 loss to the Hawks in third place on Saturday.

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Aztec won the first game of the tournament on Thursday, beating East Mountain by 37:13 and setting up a showdown against Thoreau for a chance of promotion to the tournament championship. Thoreau won that game in a 50-48 thriller before eventually losing to Durango 49-33 to claim the title.

The Tigers (2-7) will be back in action on Tuesday when they visit the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse to face Piedra Vista.

Steve Bortstein can be reached by email at [email protected], on Twitter @DTSBortstein, or by calling (505) 635-2680.

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