The Bobcats turned to defense Friday night.
The Ignacio High School boys basketball team, after scoring 128 points in a game last week, shifted the focus to
defense in a 68-21 win over visiting Mancos.
Our defense is what I was really proud of (Friday night)," Ignacio head coach Chris Valdez said. Our transition and
our defense those were the two main things."
The Bobcats held the Bluejays to only seven first-half points as Ignacio improved to 12-2 overall, 10-0 in the San Juan
Mancos fell to 8-9 overall, 4-7 in conference.
Alex Herrera, the Ignacio senior who's headed to Fort Lewis College next year, finished with 20 points (two dunks) and
12 rebounds. He also had four blocks, three assists and three steals.
Ryan Brooks, off the bench, added 14 points and 10 rebounds to go with five blocks.
Ryan played another fantastic game for us. He's working so hard in the post," Valdez said.
Pedro Vigil added 11 points, four assists and four steals.
Oakley Hayes and Shane Brooks had standout defensive games, Valdez said. Hayes also scored seven points, while Brooks
Their defense is something that really holds our team together. Those two guys hustle above and beyond at the
defensive end," Valdez said.
Brooks had five steals, and Hayes added four steals for the Bobcats, who are ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 3A boys
basketball this week by The Denver Post.
The Ignacio boys will host Telluride at 5 p.m. today.
Next week, the Bobcats will play a makeup game Tuesday against Norwood at Ignacio High School.
The Bobcats will play at Norwood next Friday. They'll host Nucla on Feb. 20 in their regular-season finale before