Only fire alarm can stop Mescalero’s boys

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Mescalero's Michael Brusuelas, left, muscles in to try to put in a layup, Dec. 28, during his team's win over the Tse Yi Gai JV in the first round of the Striking Eagle Invitational at Albuquerque.

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.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Mescalero’s Matais LaPaz pases it ahead to a teammate, Dec. 28, during his team’s first-round win over the Tse Yi Gai junior varsity at the Striking Eagle Invitational in Albuquerque.

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.

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