The families who play together win together

Mesilla Valley beats Mora in Rio Rancho to advance


By Jim Goodman

The Mesilla Valley Son Blazers have three sets of brothers on their team. Coach Terry Adler’s son also is part of the #1 2A team in the state, which beat the 8th-seeded Mora Rangers 102-60 Wednesday in the state basketball quarterfinals.

On the other hand…

“We could have quit anytime this season but I preached family,” said Mora coach Hank Laumbach. His team lost their coach last year and lost some of the community along with him.

Both Leo Paul Pacheco and Justin Vigil of Mora said it was great to have the community back. “We got the ball rolling again,” said Pacheco who led his team with 18 points.

For the Son Blazers, Scott Adler led all scorers with 25 points on 10 of 12 shooting while brothers Cody and Trey Correa both had 16 points.

“It was a total team effort,” Mesilla Valley coach Terry Adler said. “We played physical but didn’t foul while keeping the ball out of Pacheco’s hands.”

The Son Blazers scored the first 9 points of the game in two minutes before Pacheco hit a running jumper. Pacheco hit two more baskets in a row but the Mesilla attack was too much for the rangers who trailed 29-10 at quarter’s end.

Cody Correa got his second 3-pointer and Greg Patti hit one also as the Son Blazers widened their lead to 26 points in the second quarter. Correa said the team having so many siblings “has been to our advantage.”
“We’re all like family. We’ve been playing together since sixth grade,” Scott Adler said. “Some of us are closer to our teammates than to our brothers.”

A nifty back door play to Mora’s Tyler Martinez was the Rangers’ only second-quarter highlight. Henrique Chavez seemed to provide Mora some spark in the third quarter. But when Adler hit two treys and Cody Correa rejected a Mora shot attempt, the momentum quickly switched back to Mesilla Valley.

Connor Wagner hit a fade away jumper late in the third quarter but that was overshadowed by Tyler Martinez’ NBA 3-pointer just before the quarter ended with the Son Blazers up 72-37.

With their second team in, Mesilla Valley still managed to score 30 points in the fourth quarter. Pati and Wagner both hit treys in the quarter and Pacheco hit two for Mora. Pacheco got his fourth foul with 5:33 left but did not foul out.

“Our guys push each other; they’re like each other’s best friends and harshest critics,” coach Adler said. “We started the season with Bosque and I hope we’re not ending it with them [Friday].”





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