Thursday, March 11, 2010

Steers Fall To No. 1 Cliff

By Nicky Romero
For the Mountain Mail

The Magdalena Steers basketball team finished its season by playing one of the top teams in the state as it lost at Cliff High School 76-50 Saturday tin a first round game in the 2010 New Mexico State Basketball State Championship Tournament.
Magdalena completed their season with a 20-7 record and 10-3 in district play. Cliff continues on as the No. 11 seed in their state playoff quest with a 24-1 record and 6-0 in district.
This was the final career game for five seniors---Reggie Peralto, Abie Pino, Gene Leseberg, Ryan Alguirre, and Bryce Milligan.
“We didn't leave anything on the table,” Magdalena coach Jory Mirabal said. “ The boys played hard. They improved and I think we got as much as we were going to get out of them this year..”
Cliff jumped out to a 25-10 first-quarter lead but Magdalena came back to trail 35-25 at halftime.
“We played the No. 1 team in the state at their house,” Mirabal said. “They came out on fire and played a really good game.”
Magdalena fell further behind at the end of the 3rd quarter, 49-32. They tried to come back in the 4th quarter, with the help of Alguirre scoring four of his six total 3-point shots. But they could not make up any ground.
“I thought it was a great season,” Mirabal said.

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