The largest crowd of the season jammed Gillie Lopez Gym on Thursday night to see Mora — one of Class 2A’s hottest teams — run past West Las Vegas 79-67.
Tyler Martinez seemed to relish the spotlight. The Rangers sophomore scored nine of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter to mitigate a late Dons surge. In truth, Martinez burned the Dons from everywhere — popping three-pointers, slashing surgically through the lane, and finally connecting from the foul line.
West led 15-13 after a 9-2 run that included buckets by Mike Martinez and T.J. Esquibel sandwiched around a Jordan Lopez three-pointer.
But Mora’s Miguel Serna hit two free throws and an old-fashioned three-point play to start a 9-0 run, and the Rangers never trailed again.
Lopez led WLV with 18 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter as West rallied from a 25-point hole to draw within seven — 74-67 — with a minute left.
The Rangers closed the game by going five for eight from the free-throw line in the final 54 seconds.
Brandon Quintana hit all of his 13 points in the second half for West (4-12).
Mora’s Tim Romero scored 13; Serna had 12.
Coach Hank Laumbach has his Rangers ranked fourth in 2A boys’ basketball.
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Briana Montaño hit the quarter-century mark in scoring Friday to lead the West Las Vegas Lady Dons to a 66-51 road win over Mora.
Miranda Martinez added 11 for WLV, the No. 5 team in 3A girls’ hoops.
The Lady Dons got off to a fast start and led 38-9 midway through the second period and 42-16 at the break.
By the end of the game, the Rangerettes had cut the deficit in half.
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Three Lady Cardinals reached double digits in the scoring column as Robertson (10-7) defeated Sandia Prep 55-33 Friday night at Memorial Middle School’s gym.
Kassandra Tapia collected 10 points and 11 rebounds for another double-double in a strong senior season. Jamie Allen went nine for 10 at the foul line on her way to 11 points, and Shannen Lopez also tallied 11 points.
Robertson, ranked eighth, hosts No. 6 Ruidoso on Tuesday night at Mike Marr Gym.