2023 APS Metro Basketball Tournaments
ARTICLE & PHOTOGRAPHS by
J. Noah Padilla
16 games were played in the first round. 8 boys and 8 girls. Winners moved on to the quarterfinals to be played at 7:15pm Wednesday night. The story of the night? Shane Douma-Sanchez dropped a career-high 60 points in Del Norte’s loss against Eldorado. Not only is this a record for any Albuquerque high school, public or private, but it also puts Shane into the top 10 (ninth) of New Mexico’s all time list. Douma-Sanchez could not be stopped as he demonstrated his wide range of scoring capabilities, driving to the basket, pull up jumpers, long range shots, you name it, Shane did it. Shane’s points by quarter: 7, 14, 12, 27. His total of 60 included eight 3-pointers.
In the boys bracket, Volcano Vista ran away with the win against Albuquerque High, 71-42. Sean Alter scored 18 points and came up 1 rebound shy of a double double with 9 rebounds. Volcano Vista will play La Cueva who narrowly beat Rio Rancho in overtime 71-68.
At Del Norte, West Mesa took down Hobbs 65-55. They will face Eldorado who knocked off Del Norte in spite of Douma-Sanchez’s efforts.
Cleveland cruised past Hope Christian at Manzano High School with a final score of 81-58. Highland beat Manzano 65-51. Highland and Cleveland will face off in the Manzano quarterfinal. Don’t be surprised if the Hornets take down the Storm.
The last host school for the boys was Sandia High School. Both Sandia and Atrisco Heritage won their first round games. Atrisco took care of Santa Fe 78-70. Sandia handled Cibola 74-51.
In the girls bracket, 5A #1 Hobbs defeated Rio Rancho 64-37 at Cibola High School. Hobbs had an overall team effort with four players scoring in the double digits. The Eagles will face La Cueva who beat host Cibola 57-28.
West Mesa and Cleveland squared off at Eldorado High School. The Mustangs took the dub 50-44. They move on to play Eldorado who defeated Santa Fe 49-29.
At Highland, another out of town team made some noise. 4A #2 Gallup beat 4A #4 Hope Christian 63-57 after trailing 22-2. Atrisco Heritage knocked off host Highland 57-46. We will have a big cat showdown in the quarterfinals as the Bengals and Jaguars face off at 7:15 Wed.
Lastly, at Valley High School, 5A #2 Volcano Vista played against 5A #9 Albuquerque High. This game had quite a match up with Volcano’s Taejhuan Hill and Albuquerque’s Leilani Love. The Hawks took the win 49-36. They move on to meet 5A #3 Sandia in the quarterfinals. Sandia handled Valley 76-38.
Notable Performances: BOYS – Lamarion Coleman 13 PTS 12 REB (Sandia) | GIRLS – Chioma Holyfield 17 REB 6 BLK (Eldorado)
BOYS LEADING SCORERS
Shane Douma Sanchez 60 (Del Norte)
Caileb Parham 37 (Eldorado)
Torrance Burdex 25 (Eldorado)
Latavious Morris 24 (Atrisco Heritage)
Elijah Brody 23 (West Mesa)
Alexis Dominguez 20 (Highland)
Chris Parra 20 (Atrisco Heritage)
Sean Alter 18 (Volcano Vista)
Remy Albrecht 17 (Cleveland)
Andrew Hill 17 (Sandia)
Raul Stanford 15 (Highland)
Nic Trujillo 13 (Cleveland)
Lamarion Coleman 13 (Sandia)
Sergio Acosta 13 (Highland)
GIRLS LEADING SCORERS
Janessa Gallegos 28 (Atrisco Heritage)
Bella Hines 23 (Eldorado)
Sydney Benally 22 (Sandia)
Hope Giddings 17 (Sandia)
Kiana Sandoval 17 (West Mesa)
Taejhuan Hill 16 (Volcano Vista)
Brynn Hargrove 15 (Hobbs)
Samonne Cauley 15 (Eldorado)
Bhret Clay 13 (Hobbs)
Jordan Dyer 13 (La Cueva)
Karleigh Gutierrez 12 (La Cueva)
Leilani Love 12 (Albuquerque)
Monique Sena 10 (West Mesa)