Four West Las Vegas players scored in double figures Friday evening to lead the Dons to an 80-65 victory over visiting Ruidoso.
It was a bounce-back win for West (3-7), which recently endured a difficult three-day run in the Stu Clark Tournament.
The Dons owned the opening period for a 22-8 lead and took a 45-27 spread at the break.
“I think our kids did some of the stuff we’ve been trying to work on,” said WLV assistant coach Clyde Sanchez.
Joseph Ortiz led all scorers with 21 points for the Dons, who also got strong efforts from eighth-grader D.J. Bustos (19 points), Mike Ortiz (14) and Pancho Caro (10).
Mike Ortiz, who sustained an injury in the middle of football season, made his season debut at the Stu Clark tourney the last week of December. But Friday was a breakthrough for him.
Ruidoso rallied in the second and third quarters, riding the three-point shot to get closer. But the Warriors, running out of time, also had to foul.
West had one of its better recent performances at the free-throw line, sinking 14 of 20 for 70 percent, to foil the Warriors’ comeback strategy.
The score was 63-53 entering the fourth period, but the Dons pulled away by outscoring Ruidoso 17-12 over the last eight minutes.
Ruidoso (4-5) was led by Adam Ramos’ 17-point effort. Luis Marquez added 15, and Ismail Cook and Joe Marquez scored 12 and 11, respectively.