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Tigers Advance in District Tourney Play

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The Raton Tigers hosted the Tierra Encantada Scorpions Wednesday night after Tierra defeated ATC Tuesday evening to advance to the next game of the District 3AAA basketball tourney.

Tierra struck first with a Manny Hernandez 3-pointer but Raton scored and soon took the lead and never looked back. In the first half of the game Raton easily drove the lane and scored inside with the lay-up. Dustin Segura, Jesse Espinoza and Austin Jones along with Ethan Martinez scored inside the paint in the first half. By the time the halftime buzzer sounded Raton lead the game 45-26.

The second half of the game looked totally different as Raton began to shoot threes and Tierra put the pressure on to force turnovers on sloppy passes and take aways. Soon the 22 point lead Raton had dwindled to with in 12. Tierra continued to press but they too soon ran into the covered bucket scoring only three points in the fourth as Raton built their lead back up to 20 plus points.

Once the final buzzer sounded Raton ended Tierra’s season and will advance to play Desert Academy Thursday evening.

Tierra   11  15  17  3   46

Raton  22  23  15  12  72

Tierra High Point

Manny Hernandez 26  4  3-pointers  5 of 7 free throws

Justin Vigil 16  1 of 2 free throws

Free Throws  7 of 13 attempts

Raton High Point

Jesse Espinoza 12  1 of 2 free throws

Austin Jones  20  2 of 2 free throws

Dustin Segura 8 0 for 1 free throw

Free Throws  6 of 11 attempts

Jesse Espinoza jumps for the high pass as Justin Vigil (5) comes in to try the takeaway.

Jesse Espinoza jumps for the high pass as Justin Vigil (5) comes in to try the takeaway.

 

Dustin Segura (11) drives the lane on his way to the bucket as the boys did many times in the first half of the district tourney game.

Dustin Segura (11) drives the lane on his way to the bucket as the boys did many times in the first half of the district tourney game.

 

Jesse Espinoza takes the baseline and attempts a backwards lay-up but is fouled by Justin Vigil early in the district tourney game Wednesday evening in Tiger Gym

Jesse Espinoza takes the baseline and attempts a backwards lay-up but is fouled by Justin Vigil early in the district tourney game Wednesday evening in Tiger Gym

 

Austin Jones takes the ball to the hoop as he works it inside against the Scorpions Wednesday evening in Tiger Gym during the district tourney game.

Austin Jones takes the ball to the hoop as he works it inside against the Scorpions Wednesday evening in Tiger Gym during the district tourney game.

 

Aden Vanderwater takes the ball to the hoop as the Tigers did several times during the district tourney game Wednesday evening.

Aden Vanderwater takes the ball to the hoop as the Tigers did several times during the district tourney game Wednesday evening.

 

Darien Lewis drives the baseline and takes the ball to the hoop in the third quarter of the district tourney game Wednesday evening.

Darien Lewis drives the baseline and takes the ball to the hoop in the third quarter of the district tourney game Wednesday evening.

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