Cards 3rd in Taos

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By The Staff

Clutch free-throw shooting helped Robertson’s boys’ basketball team secure a third-place finish in this past weekend’s Taos Tiger Invitational.

The Cardinals held off tournament host Taos 69-63 in the “bronze medal game.”

The Tigers had trimmed Robertson’s lead to 65-63 with 10 seconds to go before RHS as a team made four of five free throws in the closing seconds.

Robertson had trailed by four late in the second half but a Cardinal run gave them control as the fourth quarter wound down. RHS led 34-32 at halftime and 49-43 through three periods.

A close first half saw the lead swing back and forth, ending with the Cardinals up 34-32, and the Tigers came out slow in the third quarter, which ended with Taos down 49-43.

Taos rallied by scoring 12 of the next 14 points to go up by four. But the Redbirds regrouped midway through the period.

RHS (3-1) opened the tournament Thursday by beating Class 2A Springer. In a Friday semifinal, the Cardinals lost to Class 4A Española Valley. The Sundevils moved on to Saturday’s final with Santa Fe Indian School, which like RHS plays out of District 2-3A.

Robertson’s boys are coached by David Bustos, in his second year at the helm.

The team includes seniors Clint Brayfield, R.J. McNellis, Jacob Quintana, Larry Romero; juniors Mike Martinez and Fabian Varela (a WLV transfer); sophomores Dalan Abreu, Antonio Arguello, Josh Brito and Justin Bustos, who leads the team in one of its strengths — outside shooting.

RHS plays in the Sandia Prep Invite this week in Albuquerque.