Moose are on to the next round in district tournament

Alamosa senior Austin Abeyta (3) drives the lane late in the game for the Moose. (Stephen Jiron/Valley Courier)

ALAMOSA — With heavy snow on the roads to the west, what was scheduled for a Tuesday night game got turned into a Wednesday night game. Regardless of the scheduling Alamosa took care of business knocking off the Pagosa Springs Pirates in a 48-26 game.

The two squads have met twice in the regular season with Alamosa (11-9) sweeping the series by double-digit deficits in both contests. On hump-day things were no different. Both teams would trade baskets in the early minutes for a 3-2 score before Alamosa distanced themselves with seven unanswered points before the Pirates struck back.  A Nick Brubacher three pointer closed the quarter out 13-4. 

Alamosa’s Brenden Crowther would headline a low scoring second quarter for both teams with three free throws.Crowther finished with 14 points to lead Alamosa scorers. The Moose would go to the half leading 22-10. In the second half Alamosa would come out of the locker rooms with a 11-2 run to take a commanding lead in the third quarter. Alamosa’s reserves would sprinkle in and out of the game in the second half before finally taking over with 4 and half minutes remaining in the final frame. Some feeds from senior Austin Abeyta to Cal Snider resulted in a raucous response from the crowd. Abeyta and company would put the game to bed to advance Alamosa to the next round.

In the semifinal matchup of the Intermountain League (IML) tournament Alamosa will get their rematch with Centauri (16-3). Alamosa is likely hoping for a game similar to their latest meeting with the Falcons that ended with a 5-point deficit rather than the road meeting in January where Centauri opened up a 26-point deficit in the third quarter.

The third meeting between the IML rivals has been rescheduled due to weather and will be held this Saturday at a neutral San Luis Valley location yet to be announced. The same goes for the Alamosa-Centauri girl’s rematch. Championship and third place games will be pushed to Monday the 25th but will remain in Cortez.

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