Taos hosts Bloomfield on the court with class

By Sheila Miller
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 12/24/18

The Taos Tiger boys hosted the Bloomfield basketball team Friday night (Dec. 21), besting the Bobcats 77-31. The game came three weeks after the Tigers downed Bloomfield to win the 4A state football …

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Taos hosts Bloomfield on the court with class

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The Taos Tiger boys hosted the Bloomfield basketball team Friday night (Dec. 21), besting the Bobcats 77-31. The game came three weeks after the Tigers downed Bloomfield to win the 4A state football championship. 

The Tigers did not rub their victory in during the basketball game. The Taos crowd – and in particular the section of football players wearing their state championship medals after the afternoon’s parade and ceremony in the plaza – was subdued, cheering only when appropriate.

Friday's game ended as a blowout, but it didn’t start that way. The first five minutes were fairly even in both play and points. With 3:23 left in the first, Taos had a 2-point lead.. Taos’ 12 points included a particularly nice 3-pointer by Quinn Moon after a rebound claimed by the Tigers. The Bobcats were right behind with 10 points of their own.

While the Bobcats maintained their pace, Taos turned it on at the end of the first period, which closed 22-12, Taos.

Taos continued to dominate in the second quarter, winning an overwhelming majority of rebounds and confidently taking – and making – shots. The Tigers’, including Moon, Abdul Khweis, Husam Khweis, Derreck Chacon and Justin Madrid, were in top form and the boys headed to the locker room at the half with a 41-20 lead.

While the teams were off the court, the announcers gave away some big-money raffle tickets, including a top-prize of $3,000, sold as a fundraiser by the team.

The Tigers dazzled in the third quarter. Husam Khweis seemed omnipresent beneath the basket, nabbing one rebound after another and sometimes putting them straight  in for 2.

Three points from Madrid made 53 for Taos. The Bobcats, with 24, began to appear demoralized. Coach Nando Chavez swapped 5-for-5, giving the second string a chance to shine. During the second half, Tristan Garcia had multiple 3-pointers.

The team forgot themselves for a few minutes in the fourth. When the starters went back onto the court, they got a little showy, trying to turn their breakaways into highlight-reel opportunities. In return, they missed a few layups.

With a 64-29 lead, Elias Cruz stole the ball beneath the Bloomfield basket and then did exactly what he needed to: he took the ball down the court and put it up against the glass for 2 points.

The final score of the game was 77-31.

Husam Khweis led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points, 9 of them from three of his four free throw attempts. He also had 8 rebounds. Abdul Khweis had 10 rebounds for the night and 12 points while Justin Madrid scored 14.

The Taos Tigers are 6-2 for the season including Friday’s win and their close 72-68 loss to Bernalillo earlier in the week. Of those 68 points, 22 were from Moon, 21 were due to Abdul Khweis and another 18 were put up by Justin Madrid. Abdul Khweis led the team in rebounds with 12 total, 6 offensive and 6 defensive.

They have most of a week of rest before the 65th Annual Stu Clark Tournament Dec. 27-29. Also participating in this year’s tournament are the Bernalillo Spartans, Mora Rangers, Pecos Panthers, Robertson Cardinals, Santa Rosa Lions, St. Pius Sartans and West Las Vegas Dons. 

Their first game of the tournament is with Pecos at 2:30 Dec. 27.

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