The 2011 basketball season ended for me after the high-flying Las Cruces Bulldawgs and equally explosive Oñate Knights both advanced to the Elite 8 in the New Mexico basketball tournament.
Las Cruces, the #6 seed, played a tough Highlands team and lost an 11 point lead, narrowly coming out ahead by two, 52-50. The highlights of the game for me were the three dunks Mando Marshall had off the fast break. The shots would have been much better if I had been positioned on the other side of the court, but the glare from the light coming in through the north-west side of the gym would have ruined the shot from the floor.
Oñate, the #1 seed didn’t skip a beat against #16 Hobbs. The Knights had a comfortable lead for much of the game, finishing 61-51. As always, there was alot of excitement and hang time to be found, much of it courtesy of Tim Jacobs and Terell De Rouen.
Good luck to both teams, as they progress to the next round of the state tournament.