High school basketball: Academy boys win district title


There will be no playoffs in men’s basketball in District 6-4A, nor in District 5-3A.

As the regular basketball prep season nears its final day on Saturday, the penultimate night offered some clarity and two doses of perfection.

At Albuquerque Academy, the Chargers won their first men’s district title in 12 years, coming from behind to beat Valley 47-43 to clinch the championship 6-4A.

The Chargers (16-7) went 6-2 in the district, and their six league wins have been by a combined 17 points, none of them by more than four.

“We had a lot of tough games, close games. … As the season went on,” Academy coach Marcos CdeBaca said, “they learned how to win, especially in the fourth quarter.

Valley (12-12, 4-4) led 17-10 at halftime and led 29-23 at the end of the third quarter before the Chargers scored the last five of the quarter, including a 3-pointer from Kellan Gehres.

At 36 midway through the fourth quarter, second Joe Jack drained a 3-pointer off the top of the key to put the Chargers ahead for good.

“It’s a practice move. It was natural, it came to me,” Jack said. He finished with 16 points, second to Gehres’ 19.

The Academy also went 12 for 12 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and 14 for 14 for the game.

n At Sandia Prep Friday night, the Sundevil Boys (13-11, 8-0) capped off a perfect run in District 5-3A, beating Bosque School 63-52 and winning the regular season title singlehandedly . The second-placed Bobcats needed to win to force a playoff game.

Volcano Vista, at 1-5A, beat Atrisco Heritage 63-40 Friday night as the Hawks finished the regular season 24-0. Las Cruces (26-0) pulled out to beat Mayfield 79-55 Friday in the 3-5A district.

La Cueva leads Sandia by a game in District 2-5A on Saturday afternoon, and the Bears can clinch the regular-season title if they beat Eldorado as the rivals meet for the second time in three days. La Cueva beat the Eagles 76-49 on Thursday.

Sandia’s only hope of forcing a playoff against the Bears is to beat West Mesa on Saturday afternoon and hope Eldorado upsets La Cueva.

Los Lunas had already locked 5-5A. Hobbs took first place in 4-5A by defeating second-placed Carlsbad on Friday.

In 4A, No. 1 Highland was the other district champion (5-4A) from the metropolitan area to accompany the Academy.

GIRLS: Volcano Vista closed out a 24-0 regular season Thursday as the Hawks topped the district 1-5A. Albuquerque High (18-6) went 10-0 in the 5-5A district, with the latest victory coming Friday at Los Lunas.

District 2-5A appeared to be heading for a playoff between La Cueva and Farmington, especially after the Scorpions beat the Bears earlier this week in the Four Corners to tie for first place.

But on Thursday night, Piedra Vista – with star guard Lanae Billy recently returned to the lineup – upset the Scorpions. That leaves Farmington half a game behind La Cueva. The Bears must beat Eldorado on Saturday afternoon to avoid a playoff game against Farmington.

In Class 4A, Bernalillo (23-1, 7-1) suffered his first loss of the season Friday night, losing 58-55 to Hope Christian (16-10, 7-1) as the Huskies forced the playoffs playoffs. in 6-4A.

Highland had already taken first place in 5-4A.


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