Pecos boy's basketball winning streak at 20 after Saturday night's 84-16 District 3-3A romp over Tierra Encantada
Five Panthers score in double figures as head coach Ira Harge, Jr., empties the bench in rolling to 20-0 overall
By ARNIE LESHIN
The Pecos boy's basketball team is still streaking, and might even finish the regular season on the current roll.
The win streak rose to 20-straight after Saturday night's 84-16 romp over Santa Fe's Tierra Encantada at Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club. The Panthers have two more District 3-3A games against Desert Academy and Academy of Technology and The Classics, and conclude with a rematch at home on Feb. 14 against troublesome non-district opponent Santa Rosa.
After being dominated, 67-40, by 4A West Las Vegas in the WLV Shootout to start the season, it has been smooth sailing for head coach Ira Harge, Jr's team, with one exception, the 49-48 squeaker over Santa Rosa for its ninth straight victory.
Otherwise, no one has come close, with 97 points scored in the win over ATC, and 95 versus Mora. Now the Panthers are 20-1 overall and 5-0 in district. They are ranked No. 1 in 3A.
But the loss to the Dons is one that Harge would prefer to forget.
His team trailed 22-7 after one quarter, by 37-17 at the half, and by 53-25 after three quarters. The fourth quarter found Pecos outscoring WLV, 15-14, but it was too little too late.
In its latest triumph, the Panthers opened up a 28-4 lead after the first quarter, upped it to 51-17 at halftime, and five of their players scored in double figures.
Six-foot junior guard Mario Archuleta showed the way with 16 points, 5-7 junior guard Josh DeHerrera tossed in 14, 6-foot junior wing Carlos Cordova scored a dozen, 5-10 freshman guard Xavier Padilla had 11, and 5-10 sophomore guard Omar Dominguez added 10 as Harge got everyone into the game.
The Alacranes dropped to 8-11 overall and 1-4 in district, with 5-9 junior guard Justin Vigil having the team-high nine points.
Pojoaque Valley traveled to Shiprock for a non-district contest Saturday and returned with a 57-36 loss. The Elks are now 13-9 overall. The Chiefs improved to 9-12.