Floyd vanquishes Tatum in EPAC semi

Win sets up clash of unbeatens in championship game


The EPAC boys semifinal between Floyd and Tatum was up in the air through one-and-a-half quarters on Friday. That’s when the Floyd Broncos started letting it fly.

Three-pointers from senior Chet Chenault and junior J’Kobie Lee gave Floyd (10-0) the breathing room it needed against the Coyotes. Tatum (7-4), meanwhile, went cold from the floor in the midst of the Broncos’ spree of treys and fell behind by a dozen points in the third quarter en route to a 42-33 loss.

The win means that Floyd will be in both the boys and girls championship games on Saturday, staged at ENMU’s Greyhound Arena in Portales.

“I’ve been there five years and we’ve never been there before,” Floyd coach Rafael Roybal said. “It’s kind of nice when you can do that (put both teams in the title contests). It doesn’t happen very often – unless you’re Texico and it happens quite often.”

Floyd and Texico, both undefeated, will meet for the boys finale.

The Broncos were behind 13-11 with 4:46 left in the second quarter after Tatum, with two baskets from Ryan Glenn and one more from Logan Medlin, pulled ahead with eight straight points.


That’s when Chenault, who had a game-high 24 points, pumped in a pair of 3s as Floyd pulled ahead – for good, as it turned out. Before the first half was over, Lee got in on the act with a swished trey from the top of the key.

Up 20-17 heading into the third period, Chenault started the second half scoring with an offensive rebound and putback shot.

Scoring was sparse in that quarter and Chenault made the count 24-17 when he got off an improbable shot in the lane that banked home. Lee followed that with a 3-pointer and a 2-point shot for a 29-17 lead.



Tatum never did connect with a field goal in the quarter, getting all three of its points via the charity stripe.

“We couldn’t find an answer. They (the Broncos) were running a sagging man-to-man defense and we just weren’t setting solid picks,” Tatum coach Kurt Stephens said. “We were kind of going through the motion instead of really executing our stuff.”

Glenn and Medlin each finished with nine points to head the Coyotes’ scoring column.

“We knew that we had to keep hold of Medlin, he scored over 20 (Wednesday) night, so we had to keep a good eye on him,” Chenault said. “Our two guards (Lee and Hunter Terry) that guarded him did a really great job.” 

Floyd is seeking its first EPAC boys championship since 2002 while Texico is the reigning champ for the annual tournament.

“They’re good, real good,” said Chenault of Texico. “They’re big and strong inside.” 

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