The Taos Tigers turned a nail-biter into a 53-50 victory over the Valencia Jaguars in the first round of the 4A state basketball tournament. The dramatic game ended with a 3-pointer from Derreck …
The Taos Tigers turned a nail-biter into a 53-50 victory over the Valencia Jaguars in the first round of the 4A state basketball tournament. The dramatic game ended with a 3-pointer from Derreck Chacon in the final 19 seconds of the game. The Tigers are on to The Pit Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. where they’ll play Los Lunas, the number one seed in the tournament.
A back-and-forth first quarter became a 6-point Valencia lead with two Jaguar 3-pointers in the last two minutes, and the quarter closed 17-11, Valencia.
Taos reestablished their game in the second period and was within two halfway through, but the Jaguars ran away with the last couple minutes of the quarter and the teams went into the locker room 27-19, Jaguars.
The Tigers relaxed after their time in the locker room and scored 18 in the third period to Valencia's 16.
"Is it always so loud at a Taos game?" one Valencia regular asked. Well, yes, but it didn't really get loud until the fourth.
The Taos fans were there when the Tigers needed them.
With a wildly cheering fan section, Taos held the Jaguars to 7 and raked up 13 for themselves, with points on the board from Quinn Moon, Justin Madrid, Abdul Khweis and Chacon in the final three minutes, bringing the final score to 53-50, Tigers.
For more, see the March 14 edition of the paper.
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