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Bosque School strong through Four Periods

One bad quarter for Coronado helps send the Leopards home 

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By Jim Goodman

Led by star guard Jonathan Allison, the Bosque Bobcats moved on to the 2A boys state basketball semifinals Wednesday morning. The 4th-seeded Bobcats beat the 5-seeded Coronado Leopards 65-49 after a long Leopard drought in the second quarter.

“I’m proud of Jonathan putting the whole team on his back,” Bosque coach Craig Snow said. “He had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists today with almost the same totals against Eunice last week.”

Both teams started out flat with more turnovers in the first quarter than baskets.

But when Allison drove the lane for a bucket at the end of the quarter, Bosque was up 12-10. Johnny Chavez, who led Coronado with 16 points, had a three in the first quarter and opened the second quarter with three more points to pull his team within a point.

Bosque starter Jordan Tate got his third foul at 6:26 but the Leopards didn’t score a field goal for the next 5 minutes and Allison’s 6 points helped the Bobcats open a 31-19 lead at the half.

“We got into rhythm and things opened up defensively,” Snow said.

Allison agreed saying, “Good solid D; we’re doing what we’ve been all season.”

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But foul trouble continued as Bosque’s 6’5″ Aaron Gjullen got his fourth at 6:42 in the third quarter.

Coronado actually outscored the Bobcats in the third 13-12 but was still behind 43-32 after Allison dished to Andres Rivera then hit a floater and a trey from the right side.

The Leopards found their spots and made a short run early in the fourth quarter but never got closer than 47-39 after Jason Velasquez hit a floater in the lane. Tate hit a trey and two free throws in a Bosque 7-point run but Gjullen and Max Diefenthaler fouled out in the next few minutes.

Pedro Valdez and Chavez led another Coronado run but it was too little too late for the Leopards as they had to send Bosque to the charity stripe five times in the last minutes.

With only seven players and a school with only 80 kids, Coronado will move to 1A next year.

“We had an uphill battle every game this year,” said Leopard coach Ezau Rios. “We’re looking forward to a level playing field.”

Allison noticed a difference in his offense the last week.

“I’m getting to my sweet spot more often,” he said

He’ll need to continue finding it for Bosque to continue its run.

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