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Youth movement continues for Hondo

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Hondo's Thomas Hernandez, left, struggles in the middle to put up a shot against Alamo Navajo, Dec. 16, during the final day of the Mescalero Holiday Classic.

MESCALERO – Near the end of the Hondo boys’ basketball game against Alamo Navajo, Dec. 16, the Eagles had three eighth-graders on the floor, and the most senior player out there was a sophomore.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Miiguel Gonzalez of Hondo, center, moves into the lane while surrounded by Alamo Navajo defenders Scott Apachito (10) and Tyree Monte, Dec. 16, in the fifth place game of the Mescalero Holiday Classic.

That illustrates what coach Ben Sanchez has been saying all along about his team. They’re young, and need some experience.
They got that experience in their 69-47 loss to the Cougars in the fifth place match, and Sanchez felt the young kids handled the pressure well.

“They give us the best defense. They’re the ones that are working hardest for us on the floor, Sanchez said. “It was still 20 points, but they got to within 15 there and came back a bit.

While Alamo Navajo won by a wide margin, the Eagles (1-6) kept that margin at about 20 because the youngsters were playing some pretty stiff defense and running a solid offense.

“Those eighth graders will be pretty tough,” Sanchez said. “Maybe that’s way we should go, they’re hard working. Defensive-wise they were tough and in your face.”

The Cougars (5-5) had a height and seniority advantage of the Eagles that they used to open up their early lead.

Thomas Hernandez led the way for Hondo with 10 points, while Porfirio Romero had nine.

For Alamo, Tyree Monte had 14 points.

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