NMMI Sports Press
The Bronco basketball team went on a 30-3 run to start their game vs. Northern New Mexico College, and never looked back, downing the visiting Eagles in a non-conference contest, 132-71.
It was the second win in as many days for NMMI, and improved play on defense, and tonight finally on offense, paved the way for a team that head coach Ralph Davis hopes will be in contention for a playoff spot come March.
Shooting guard Davis Steelman started off the offensive onslaught with a trey assisted by point guard Maurice Coleman, and NMMI held the Eagles scoreless until the 17-minute mark.
By that time, the Institute had poured in 14 straight.
“We finally shot the ball well in our own house,” said Davis. “It was great to the see the ball go through the net and two out of our next three games are at home.”
Every player on the Broncos’ roster scored, six in double figures, led by freshman guard Jake Valero’s 26.
Valero put on a shooting show late in the second quarter hitting five treys in span of less than four minutes.
Logan Santiago picked up 10 assists to lead all passers, four of those to Valero during his hot-handed run.
Despite the scoring surge, coach Davis knows his team will have to continue to play great defense during the remainder of the conference season.
“This is the first time that someone’s hit 70 on us in a while,” explained Davis. “We’ll get back to the drawing board, make sure that we’re locked in next Thursday vs. Howard.”
With the ‘W’, the Broncs improve to 7-13 overall. They stand at 2-4 in the WJCAC with 10 games left, starting with that contest on the road vs. Howard on Jan. 26.
They’ll be back at home to take on Midland College on Jan. 30 – tip-off set for 7 P.M.