Balanced boys Bobcats beat the K.C. Broncos


Balanced boys Bobcats beat the K.C. Broncos

Four Ignacio players score in double digits for an opening win

The Ignacio High School boys basketball team opened the season with a 57-49 road win at Kirtland Central in the opening round of the Webb Toyota Basin Tournament in Kirtland, N.M., on Thursday night.

“To come down here and get a win in a tough place to play is good for our young team,” IHS head coach Chris Valdez said.

“They are two weeks ahead of us, and Kirtland had already played a game.”

Four Bobcats scored in double figures in the season opener, led by senior Clayton Jefferson with 17 points. Kelton Richmond, a junior, scored 13. Sophomore Adison Jones and freshman Wyatt Hayes scored 11 points each.

Justin Carver, off the bench, added eight points for Ignacio.

Bo Ward, a junior transfer from Durango, contributed five points to the Ignacio win.

“All in all, it wasn’t too bad,” Valdez said.

The Bobcats led the Broncos 30-20 at halftime.

But Kirtland Central scored nine consecutive points to cut the lead to a single point early in the third quarter.

“We called a timeout and calmed our young team down,” said Valdez, entering his 13th season as head coach.

“We missed a lot of free throws, but we made some shots, and we managed to stay ahead.”

Christian Mackey, a 6-5, 260-pound junior center, led Kirtland Central with a game-high 19 points.

Ignacio (1-0) will play Whitehorse High School (0-1) from Montezuma Creek, Utah, at 4 p.m. today.

Another victory would send Ignacio into Saturday’s tournament championship game against Shiprock or Mesilla Valley Christian in Kirtland.

Mesilla Valley beat Whitehorse 57-21 on Thursday.

Balanced boys Bobcats beat the K.C. Broncos

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