DEL NORTE — Through five straight games Sangre de Cristo (5-0) has persevered and stayed perfect. Saturday night they went in to Del Norte and took down the Tigers in a 42-37 game.
For the second time in the last two games Sangre de Cristo was facing a 2A team, and for the second time in the last two games Sangre’s opponent would close the distance in the second half. Del Norte (3-7) has struggled to find consistency this season. As of yet the Tigers have been unable to string two wins together. Come Saturday night, the boys played a rather slow paced game combining for just 35 points in the first half, Sangre de Cristo leading 21-14.
At the start of the half the scoring was relegated to one team at a time, the two teams trading scoring runs. The Thunderbirds went first with 6 unanswered points. Del Norte then followed with 14 unanswered points of their own to take their second lead of the game at 28-27. It was short lived however as Sangre’s Jake Slane drove inside and ended the drought for the T-Birds to reclaim the lead.
From there the Thunderbirds would pace Del Norte all the way to the game’s 42-37 conclusion. Sangre de Cristo will open their league against league rival, Creede (2-5) Dec. 20 starting at 7:30 p.m. Del Norte will be back in action come Jan. 11 when they start their league schedule against Crested Butte (1-2).