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Otero erupts for 40, but Wolves fall short

January 16, 2019 GMT

Liam Otero erupted for 40 points for Desert Academy/Santa Fe Waldorf, but it wasn’t enough.

Albuquerque Foothill made critical free throws in the closing seconds to seal a 62-57 nondistrict win Tuesday night in Christian Life Academy.

“Painful loss,” said Wolves head coach Enrique Otero. “We started a little off. We started without energy. We started a little flat. It hurt us the first half.”

Down by one point entering the fourth quarter, DA/Waldorf tied the game in the final 20 seconds on a 3-pointer by Otero but couldn’t keep pace as the game closed.

The Wolves got a spark from the diminutive Ethan Garcia. He came off the bench in the second half to hit a 3-pointer and take a charge.

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“That helped us to, you know, get in the fight,” Enrique Otero said.

Isaac Barela had 23 and Marcus Louis 17 to lead Foothill.

Santa Fe Prep 83, Academy for Technology and the Classics 54

The Blue Griffins won for the fourth straight time, as they blitzed the Phoenix for 67 points over the last three quarter in a nondistrict game in Prep Gymnasium.

Senior Sam Sparks had 18 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, Sean Coles exploded for 10 of his 14 points in the second half, while Dillon Abeyta scored 10 of his 12 before the break.

“We started off slow,” Prep head coach Brent Cooper said. “But our seniors turned up the pressure in the second half.

Prep (6-4) heads to the Lion Classic in Santa Rosa on Thursday, where it plays Laguna Acoma in the opening round at 2 p.m.

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Academy for Technology and the Classics 27, Santa Fe Prep 19

ATC (1-11) picked up its first win of the season, using a strong defensive effort in the second half to get past the Blue Griffins (3-3).

Valerie Cera had a game-high 14 points for ATC. Sarina Sandoval added seven.

Prep trailed 15-14 at the half but could do little with the ball in the second half.

“We had five points and three of them came from free throws,” said Prep head coach Anika Amon. “Only one field goal in the second half. It’s tough to win games with five points in a half.”

Mora 75, New Mexico School for the Deaf 23

The Rangerettes broke open the nondistrict game in Sen. Joseph Montoya Gymnasium with an 18-8 lead after a quarter before padding it to 37-14 at the half.

Chrissy Cordova and Dennika Bustos each had 19 points for Mora, and Cordova did it, in part, on 8-for-12 shooting from the floor. Marisol Pacheco had 15 points and Danae Pino had 11.

NMSD fell to 5-6, while the Rangerettes improved to 7-6.