Coach Daniel “Doc” Trujillo and his Tigers boys basketball team traveled to Pueblo, Colorado over the weekend to participate in the East Coaches Classic Dec. 15-17. The Tigers lost three straight games to local Pueblo teams and fell to 1-6 on the year.
Taos fell to the Pueblo Centennial Bulldogs, 72-42 in the first game Dec. 15.
In the second match-up, Taos played the Pueblo County Hornets and kept the score much tighter in the 53-41 loss. Save for four-straight three pointers by Pueblo County to begin the second half and a scoring drought in the fourth quarter by Taos, the Tigers stayed within striking distance of the slightly bigger Hornet squad throughout the evening Dec. 16.
In the third game against the Pueblo East Eagles, the Tigers had their highest point output of the tournament – scoring 46 but still lost by 20, 66-46 Dec. 17.
The three-day classic basketball tourney featured teams from Pueblo East, Pueblo County, Pueblo Centennial, Mead (Longmont, CO), Air Academy (Colorado Springs, CO) Discovery Canyon (Colorado Springs), Pine Creek (Colorado Springs), Grand Junction Central (Grand Junction, CO), and Taos.
The three teams Taos faced belong to the class 4A South Central League and include Pueblo South, Pueblo Centennial, Pueblo Central, Pueblo County, Pueblo East and Pueblo West.
The Pueblo West Cyclones are the defending state champions in class 4A in the Colorado and are currently coached by Bobby Tyler – alumni of Peñasco High School.
Next for the Tigers will be a home game as they host the Socorro Warriors Dec. 20. Game time for the varsity is set to begin at 6 p.m.