Archuleta and Esquibel lead the way, propelling the Tigers over the Horsemen in a thriller at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium.
It had been nearly two years since the Taos Tigers beat an opponent from District 2-4A. The last win against a league team was March 11, 2015 – when the Taos Tigers beat the Pojoaque Elks, 46-35 in the quarter finals of the state tournament at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho that year.
That changed Wednesday night, when the Tigers were able to hold on to a late game lead and defeat the St. Michael's Horsemen, 51-49 on the road, thus getting a very pesky monkey off their back.
The win elevates Taos to 9-15 overall, and 1-5 in district play, however it does not change their current standing among league teams. The loss did affect the Horsemen (12-12, 3-3) though, as they dropped two games back of the Robertson Cardinals (13-7, 4-1) – who hold the top spot in the district, and a full game behind the Pojoaque Valley Elks (14-9, 3-2) who are now solidly in second.
In the game against St. Mike's, key performers included Landen Archuleta, who finished with 17 points on the night, and Isaac Esquibel who led all scorers with 20 points. The victory was a fantastic follow-up to the Taos Lady Tigers' win over the St. Michael's Lady Horsemen, 50-45 in overtime at Otero Gymnasium Feb. 7.
The Tigers remain on the road, as they hope to keep up their winning ways in their next district game against the West Las Vegas Dons Feb. 11. The Dons (14-6, 2-2) have lost two district games by forfeit due to a NMAA ruling that had placed sanctions on the team for an administrative violation.
There are no restrictions in place for the Taos game and tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
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