By Kyle Smith
For the Mountain Mail
Playing in the Steer Stampede Tournament championship game for the third consecutive season, as well as playing against Hot Springs for each of those seasons, the Magdalena boys basketball team looked to repeat as champions.
Not this time, as the host Steers came up short in a 42-30 loss on Saturday, Dec. 4.
Both teams traded the lead several times in the first quarter, which ended at 6-6.
Hot Springs took an 18-15 advantage into halftime. The Tigers kept this momentum going into the third quarter.
Hot Springs went on a 3-0 run to begin the quarter, resulting in a 23-16 deficit at the end of the third quarter. Magdalena then quickly fell more behind, allowing the Tigers to go on an 8-2 run to open the fourth quarter.
The Steers then caught fire, outscoring Hot Springs 12-8, to make it 39-30 with about 1:30 remaining in the game.
Then, with 1:14 left on the clock, Magdalena lost its inside man as Miles Parscal fouled out. Parscal finished with a team-high 11 points and three blocks for the Steers (3-2).
Due to late fouls committed by the Steers’ defense, Hot Springs added three more points before the end of the game.
Duster Apachito scored 10 points, and Parscal and Kendall Apachito were both named to the 2010 All-Tourney team for Magdalena.
The Steers play on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Mountainair. Their next home game will be against Carrizozo Saturday, Dec. 11.