My morning started off with another 8 AM game - this time at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, NM. The Navajo Pine Warriors played against the Mesilla Valley Christian Sonblazers in the boy's 2A tournament.
Navajo Pine Warrior Walter Bia (3) bumps into Mesilla Valley Christian Sonblazer Zach Adams (20) as he aims for the basket Wednesday in the boys basketball state tournament . The Warriors lost 79-65.
Navajo Pine Warrior Randy Nez (15) takes aim at the basket Wednesday while playing against the Mesilla Valley Christian Sonblazers in the boys basketball state tournament.
Navajo Pine Warrior Pernell Begay (24) tries to make a basket but is fouled by Mesilla Valley Christian Sonblazer Tommy Adler (14) on Wednesday morning during the boys basketball state tournament.
Next came the Gallup Bengals playing the 8:15 pm game against the Hobbs Eagles at The PIT. Hobbs won 64-59.
Gallup Bengal Alfonso Hubbard (20) pressures Hobbs Eagle Heith Carver (34) as he drives toward the basket Wednesday night.
Gallup Bengal Antone Williams (24) shoots for the basket Wednesday night as the boys lose 64-59 to the Hobbs Eagles in the New Mexico boys basketball high school championship tournament.
Gallup Bengal Alfonso Hubbard tries to get clear of Hobbs Eagle Jeff Taylor (44) during Wednesday night's New Mexico boys basketball high school championship tournament game.
Not all of the action is on the court, and to show a little taste of the experience I turned my cameras toward the crowd a few times. Some of the fans found some orange paint to cover their faces with and cheer for their team. (Above) --Gallup high school freshman Harris Kinsel and classmate Paulette Coffey cheer on the Bengal boys basketball team Wednesday night. (Below) - Gallup high school freshman Paulette Coffey cheers for the Bengals boys basketball team Wednesday night.