Mountain Mail Reports
The Socorro boys basketball team opened its season with a 61-55 road loss at Los Lunas Valencia during a non-district game on Wednesday night.
The Warriors had a 16-15 lead after the first quarter, including six points from Jared Marquez and four points from Zach Esquivel.
The Jaguars (1-0) came back and took the lead going into halftime, 20-17.
That was as close as it got for the Warriors (0-1).
“We had our chances, but we let them slip away,” said Socorro coach Lawrence Baca.
Marquez finished with a game-high 16 points, inlcuding two three-pointers, and Esquivel chipped in with 14 for the Warriors.
Valencia was led by Shane Lewis with a team-high 12 points.
Although the close loss was tough to handle, Baca said that he was pleased with his team’s overall performance in the season opener.
“We’re further ahead than what I expected,” said Baca. “We weren’t as sloppy as I thought, and that’s good.”
Socorro plays at Ft. Wingate on Friday. The Warriors will then host Tularosa on Tuesday, Dec. 7, for the first home game of the season.