Mountain Mail Reports
Four seconds turned out to be the difference.
That’s the amount of time that was left in the fourth quarter when Erik Garcia drove the ball past two defenders and scooped in a layup to give Ojo Caliente Mesa Vista a 62-61 victory over Socorro in the first round of the 11th annual Ben Lujan Tournament at Pojoaque Valley High School on Monday night.
The game-winning basket was setup when Michael Contreras of the Warriors stepped out of bounds with the ball with a little more than 15 seconds left to play.
Jared Marquez had a game-high 29 points, including five 3-pointers, in the loss for Socorro (4-5), which trailed for much of the game, including a four-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. Alejandro Lopez scored a team-high 15 points and Lorenzo Sanchez chipped in with 14 for the Trojans (6-3).
Socorro will have a couple weeks to recuperate from the loss. The Warriors next play on Jan. 4 against Ruidoso at home.