NMMI Sports Press
In a close and low-scoring contest at home, the New Mexico Military Institute Bronco basketball team picked up their third WJCAC win of the season, downing Midland College, 53-49.
Shooting guards DeMarco Enoch and Davis Steelman were the offensive standouts, combining for 33 of the Institute’s points.
Enoch did most of his damage on the inside, darting to the hoop off the dribble-drive, while Steelman rained timely treys from the outside, several on assists by Enoch after his penetration attempt was stymied.
But it was the combined team defense that forced poor percentage shots for the Chaps, and the subsequent cleaning of the glass to prevent extra chances, that ultimately secured the NMMI victory.
“These guys fought and fought and fought and we got back to playing the defense we know we are capable of,” said head coach Ralph Davis.
That defense gave up just 18 Midland points in the entire second half, allowing the Broncos to overcome a four-point halftime deficit, 31-27, despite some relatively lackluster shooting themselves – just .370 from the field.
“We still need to score the ball a bit better, but we know that will come,” said Davis. “Our kids all played extremely hard tonight so they deserve this one.”
The win puts the Broncos tied with the Chaps for sixth place in the conference standings, with the second round of conference match-ups starting next Thursday in a 6:30 P.M. home game vs. Frank Phillips College.
“We’ve just got to keep working on defense and stick to what we know,” said Davis.