Wade Thomas scored seven of his team’s eight points in overtime Saturday afternoon to lead New Mexico Military past visiting Robertson 52-48.
All of NMMI’s points in the extra session were of the free-throw variety; the Colts rarely missed from the stripe down the stretch, going eight for 10 in OT and six of eight in the fourth quarter.
It was a tough way to end it for the Cardinals, who led 18-12 after one period, 30-25 at halftime and 38-33 at the end of the third period.
NMMI went on an 8-0 run spanning the end of the third and beginning of the fourth to erase a seven-point deficit and take a 39-38 edge.
From there, the lead changed hands on the next three possessions.
With 29 seconds left in regulation, Mike Martinez sank the first of a two-shot foul to give the Cardinals a 44-42 lead. He then appeared to convert the second free throw, but officials waved off the make, calling a lane violation against RHS. Then Thomas drew a foul from Clint Brayfield with nine seconds left. Thomas swished both free throws to tie it.
Robertson turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, but Brayfield reclaimed it with a steal on the next inbounds pass.
Thomas made three of four freebies to begin overtime and take a 47-44 lead for the Colts. Consecutive baskets by R.J. McNellis and Larry Romero returned the lead to Robertson, 48-47, with less than a minute left.
A controversial foul call against Justin Bustos put Thomas on the line again with 36 seconds to go, and Thomas made both shots to reclaim the lead at 49-48. Aaron Atencio made one foul shot and Thomas another two to seal the win.
Romero finished with 15 points, and Mike Martinez had 12, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half. McNellis had 10 and Bustos 6.
Top-ranked Hope Christian will play host to Robertson this evening.
Also Saturday, the Robertson girls’ basketball team lost 51-35 at Lovington.