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Española Valley easily advances to state semis

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By Phil Scherer

After the quarterfinal round of action at the NMAA state basketball tournament, only the Española Valley boys’ team remains representing District 2-5A.

The Sundevils, which has dominated all season, has advanced to the semifinals after defeating Valencia 68-51 in the first round, and St. Pius 61-41 in the quarterfinals, continuing a trend of sprinting past 5A competition this season.

Heading into the quarterfinals, there was a possibility of No. 1 Española Valley facing 2-5A rival, and No. 4 seed, Capital in the semifinals. However, in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round, Capital fell to Artesia 65-63, eliminating the Jaguars.

Española Valley will face Artesia in the semifinals before a potential championship matchup with No. 2 seed Los Lunas Saturday afternoon.

On the girls’ side of the bracket, there are no 2-5A schools remaining in contention for the state championship.

No. 7 seed Española Valley was the final team remaining from the district.

After advancing to the quarterfinals with a 57-52 win over No. 10 seed Belen, the Sundevils fell in the second round to No. 2 seed Bloomfield, which easily advanced 57-33.