By Arnie Leshin
Once again it was Monte del Sol Charter senior forward Kevin Enriquez taking charge and hauling in a huge 84-53 District 2-2A boys basketball contest over Tierra Encantada Thursday at Christian Life.
It was 26-13 Dragons after one quarter, but behind the 6-foot-4 Enriquez they dropped in 31 points in the second quarter to increase their lead to a whopping 57-28 at the intermission.
Enriquez had already done much of the assault when his head coach Ralph Casaus began the third quarter by going to his bench, and it was upped to 72-47 heading into the fourth quarter, with MDS having a 12-6 edge over the last eight minutes.
“The boys do need playing time,” said Casaus, who lacks an assistant coach but has the help of his wife and daughter to handle the scoring and statistics. “They were still kind of lost, but they’re still learning and we were finally knocking down some shots.”
As for Enriquez, he went to work early and picked it up in the second quarter with his assortment of shots that totaled 33 and that included some sharpshooting fives on eight from beyond the arc.
Fellow 5-2 senior Zandro Zubia added 23 and the younger Enriquez, eighth-grader Bryan, contributed 10. For the Alacranes, sophomore and team captain Sidney Ntoko tallied his team-high 28 points and Elias Dominquez tossed in 10.
Now 9-10 overall and 1-2 in district, the Dragons play next against Native American Community Academy at the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque Saturday.
Tierra Encantada, at 6-9 overall, winless in two district starts, and having lost its last three, is home Tuesday to Academy for Technology and The Classics.