The Hot Springs varsity boys basketball team last week opened the season on the road, beating host Ruidoso and falling at home to Cliff.
HSHS – 61
RUIDOSO – 50
The Tigers traveled to Ruidoso on Nov. 20, taking on the Ruidoso Warriors.
In the first quarter, the Tigers outscored the Warriors 19-16. In the second quarter, the Tigers were outscored 10-15.
The Tigers owned the second half, outscoring the Warriors 16-9 in the third quarter and 16-10 in the fourth quarter.
Cody Thornton, a senior guard, was high scorer for the Tigers with 18 points. Ryan Johnson added 17, and K.C. Swaim scored 10. Ruidoso’s Brandon Atchey led the Warriors with 16 points.
“With half the team only having three days of practice due to the football playoffs, I was very satisfied with what I got to see, even though we missed a ton of uncontested lay-ups,” Tigers head coach Gus Cardona said.
Cardona said his team compensated for the missed lay-ups with great hustle, determined quickness to the ball and efficient passing.
“I’m very proud of the whole varsity,” Cardona said. “Everyone did a great job. We are hoping to improve as the season progresses.”
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