By Arnie Leshin
From Capital High to Santa Fe High is just a short hop, and that’s where the basketball action will be this week for the Bobby Rodriguez, Capital City Invitational that bounces in Tuesday.
Last week it was on the Jaguars’ court for the Al Armendariz Invitational, with those cross town rival Capital and SFHS playing for the boy’s championship Saturday night,
And it was the undefeated Demons (3-0) coming away with a 69-62 win to drop the Jags to 2-1. It was a nip-and-tuck final, with the lead changinghands seven times.
Then, with the score tied at 62, Santa Fe High scored the game’s last seven points to win this tournament for the first time. Capital had the lead at 17-8 after one quarter, but the Demons responded by tying the score at 27-all at halftime.
Santa Fe High has now won three of the last four meetings against Capital. It picked up the game-high 17 points from Dove Hernandez that included three 3s, and senior guard Antonio added 16, with 11 coming in the second quarter.
Demons 6-foot-6 sophomore Fedonia “LB” White, nursing a thumb injury, still managed to turn in a dozen points, while Christian Kavanaugh contributed 16 points, six coming in the last quarter.
For Capital, it was Dominick Luna and Chano Herrera scoring 12 points each.
Third place went to Grants over Espanola Valley, 60-51, fifth place belonged to Carlsbad with a 75-72 tight game versus Pecos, and fifth place was a 82-39 romp for Pojoaque Valley over Jemez Valley.
The girl’s final went to Rio Rancho Cleveland as it came from behind to take out Roswell Goddard, 46-35. The Storm trailed 30-22 shortly after the third quarter began.
In the girl’s final of the Taos Invite, St. Michael’s mounted a comeback but Deming held off the challenge and won 29-28. The Lady Horsemen, now 2-2, received 27 points from senior Carisa Padilla and she was named to the all-tournament team. Senior teammate Joelyn Fernandez scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half.
In the boy’s field for the Bobby Rodriguez-Capital City tournament are Capital, Santa Fe High, Roswell, St. Michael’s, Valencia, Santa Fe Indian School, and Los Alamos.
The girls will line up with the Jaguars, Demonettes, Robertson, Los Alamos, Indian School, St. Michael’s, Portales, and Valencia.