Thursday, January 7, 2010

Marquez Breaks Three-Point Shooting Mark At Tularosa

By Michael Olguin
Special to the Mountain Mail

SOCORRO -- 2010 has gotten off to a record-breaking start for one Socorro Warrior basketball player. Junior guard Jared Marquez made 10 out of 13 three point attempts in the Warriors 91-79 loss at Tularosa last Saturday night. By making 10 three pointers, he passed Jason Valles, who tallied 9 threes against Deming in 1999.
"I would have to say Jared has got to be one of the best shooters I have ever seen or ever been apart of in my lifetime," Head Coach Lawrence Baca said of Marquez.
The Warriors took care of the Ruidoso Warriors on Tuesday night in Ruidoso, 65-51, giving them their third win in the last four games.
Socorro will continue their nine-game road trip on Friday as they travel to Portales to participate in the annual Portales shootout.
Socorro will face Portales High school on Friday followed by Artesia High School on Saturday.
The Warriors (4-6) were once again in a position to win against the Wildcats from Tularosa. Socorro maintained a 63-61 lead at one point in the fourth quarter before the Wildcats (6-1) caught fire, scoring 34 points in the fourth quarter to give them a 91-76 win.
Despite the 36 points from Marquez, Baca felt his team still put up a solid effort against one of the top 2A teams in the state.
“I thought we played very well, anytime you can score 79 points in a game were going to give ourselves a chance to win some games,” said Baca.
“I think the biggest factor on Tularosa putting up 91 points up against us is the fact that they shot the ball very well, it seemed everything they put up went in. Tularosa is a very good ball club.”
Michael Contreras had 12 points followed by Erik Garcia and Andrew Contreras contributing 10 points each for the Warriors.
Socorro has been hampered by turnovers throughout the season. The Warriors have averaged 19.9 turnovers per game up until Tuesday’s game against Ruidoso.
Socorro was able to take care of the ball with their lowest turnover total all year, 16 turnovers, and execute solid defense throughout the game.
Socorro held Ruidoso to 51 points compared to Socorro’s average of 62.4 points allowed per game.
“We took care of the ball a little better and we executed our offense,” said Baca. “Our press to our zone defense prevented them from executing their offense.”
Socorro was able to maintain a lead the entire game. At halftime, Socorro held a 33-25 lead. Socorro was able to keep Ruidoso from building any momentum in the second half outscoring them 32-26 for a 65-51 win.
Not only did Socorro get a much needed victory but there were four players in double figures. Socorro also had a new high point man, Michael Contreras, who had a season high 17 points.
“We had four guys that stepped it up and had a good game,” said Baca. “We can’t rely on Jared every game and it was nice to see support from other guys.”
Zach Esquivel had his best game of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Marquez also added 15 points, while Erik Garcia had 10 points and 10 assists.

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