Demons get stellar effort from senior guard Isaiah Andermann in advancing to 11-11 overall and 3-3 in district, with La Cueva up next in Santa Fe Saturday
By Arnie Leshin
They’re not hanging by a thread; they’re right in the midst of where the District 2-6A standings will have an affect on the district tournament and even the state tournament.
That’s the Santa Fe High boy’s basketball team. When it looks that they might not hold up down the stretch, they come back to show they can. And Saturday night’s 54-48 win at Albuquerque Sandia was a good example of it.
It evened the Demons’ district record at 3-3 and also their overall mark at 11. They have had so many close games, they’ve outscored their opponents 1,282 to 1,273. Thatclose.
This time it was a close game that they pulled out behind the all-around play of 5-foot-11 senior shooting guard Isaiah Andermann. He had the team-high 15 points that came on all 3s. He missed only one. He rebounded and he played solid defense.
Also lending a big hand was Santa Fe High’s foul shooting as it converted 13-of-14 in dropping the Matadors to 9-12 and 1-6. This also ended a 2-game losing streak in district for Santa Fe High.
Now the Demons have settled into fourth place behind Albuquerque schools Eldorado (6-0), La Cueva (5-2) and Manzano (4-2). They play next Saturday at home against La Cueva, 13-7 overall and with a previous win over Santa Fe High. Tuesday night, Manzano (12-8) travels to Clovis (9-12).
Not a chance to catch Eldorado, which rolled over Clovis, 68-44, Saturday night, but La Cueva and Manzano are catchable and the Demons get to play both of them.
Victor Salcido, a 6-foot senior and the team’s leading scorer, added a dozen points that included 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. Senior Antonio Lovato put in eight points and was 6-for-6 from the foul line.
Santa Fe High soared to a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter and the Matadors make their own run with a trio of 3s that cut the gap in the final minutes.
In a 3A non district contest at Santa Fe Prep, the Griffins turned back Dulce, 70-60. In 2-3A, Espanola McCurdy defeated Monte del Sol, 54-47. In a key 4-4A contest at Moriarty, Albuquerque Hope Christian came out on top 68-56. In a non district game, it was Shiprock over Pojoaque Valley, on the road, 49-40.
Up in Los Alamos in 2-5A, Albuquerque Del Norte departed with a 55-51 victory. In a non district test, visiting Portales came out ahead of Las Vegas Robertson, 64-44. Then there was Albuquerque Sandia Prep taking to the road and downing Santa Fe Indian School, 59-49, in 5-4A.