The Taos court isn't the same without Quinn Moon.In their away win over Moriarty Jan. 29, Tiger starter and captain Moon broke his foot, putting him on the bench …
The Taos court isn't the same without Quinn Moon.
In their away win over Moriarty Jan. 29, Tiger starter and captain Moon broke his foot, putting him on the bench for the rest of the season. The team played their first game without him Friday (Feb. 1) at home against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
Each team spent the first quarter testing the another out, staying within 2 points of each other until an end-of-quarter 3-pointer from Taos made it 11-7 Taos. The zone defense of Taos gave the Hilltoppers plenty of opportunities to run around the circle waiting for a shot.
The second quarter opened with 5 points for Los Alamos followed by 2 3-pointers from Tiger Justin Madrid. Abdul Khweis repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to put his body on the line for a basket and Angel Limas showed himself to be a real asset, winning rebounds, putting points on the board and calmly making his free throws. By this point in the game, the crowd had grown louder and more noticeably excited.
Just at the buzzer for the half, Los Alamos gave a half-court shot, and even the Taos fans groaned with disappointment when it didn't go in.
The Tigers went into the locker room ahead 32-21.
In the third quarter, Taos's play got less tight. Comments between players such as, "Get your head in the game!" and "Take care of it!" (with reference to the basketball) became more common. Still, the Tigers were able to extend their lead to 15 points, heading into the final quarter with a 43-28 lead.
The fourth quarter presented more frustration on both sides. Taos still wasn't able to control the ball in the way they are prefer to do and are accustomed to doing, and neither was Los Alamos.
Still, the Hilltoppers were not content to lose. They played a determined fourth quarter, putting up 17 points. Los Alamos, however, was unable to keep the Tigers from scoring an additional 16 and assuring themselves of the 59-48 win. It might not have been the prettiest win of the season, but the Tigers got the job done.
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