ALBUQUERQUE – With about 1:25 left in their first-round game of the Striking Eagle Invitational at UNM’s Johnson Athletic Complex, the Mescalero boys basketball team was shown the door.
Actually, everyone was, because someone had tripped the fire alarm.
At that point, the Chiefs led 65-15, and officials saw no need to finish the game once the doors were opened again.
Mescalero (8-3) held a 14-2 lead after the first quarter, which is when Chief coach Adam Herrera put in the second stringers.
Even then, Mescalero was on a roll, and led 39-5 at the break.
Jamal Rocha scored 18 points to lead the Chiefs, while George Rocha had nine.
Mescalero next plays the winner between Monument Valley, Utah and Shiprock Northwest, in the late game at 8:15 p.m. on Friday.