NMMI Sports Press
The Bronco basketball team snatched their second conference win of the season, downing Clarendon College at home, 75-64.
The eleven-point win was closer than it seemed, but an NMMI combination of rebounding, three-pointers and made free throws down the stretch, helped the Broncos pull away from the Bulldogs, after leading at by nine at the half, 37-28.
On the boards, the Institute bested the Bulldogs 38 to 18, with two Bronco players posteing double digits: Chukuka Emili with 10 and Will Sessoms with 12.
Behind the arc, Davis Steelman was 4-for-4 for 12 of his 14 points, and Marlon Laveau-Alcindor was 2-for-5, including a clutch trey with 46 seconds left in the game to put NMMI up by six, 70-64.
From the charity stripe, the Broncos went 5-for-6 during the last 30 seconds, keeping the game out of reach.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” said head coach Ralph Davis. “We had contributions from everyone, especially our guys on the glass, in a must-win game if we want to make the regional tournament. We’ve been in this situation before, a tightly contested ballgame that we let slip away. But tonight we did our job and found a way to get the victory.”
Top scorer for the night was Sessoms with 17, to get the double-double. Emili did as well with 15 points to go along with his rebounds.
With the win, the Broncos move to 6-13 overall and 2-4 in the WJCAC, while Clarendon falls to 11-9 and 2-4.
No rest for the Broncos, as they’ve got another game tomorrow night, a non-conference tilt vs. Northern New Mexico College at 6 P.M. on Jan. 20.