Back inside the homely confines of Otero Gymnasium, the Tigers again put their best foot forward for the hometown crowd, and pulled off a much needed win over the visiting Socorro Warriors Dec. 20.
The mid-week game - and 56-48 win - was a nice treat for basketball fans who would otherwise have to wait until after the holiday break for their local sports action. Due to a transportation glitch, however, the Warriors were unable to bring their junior varsity and freshman teams. The boys' varsity game was the only event that took place at Otero, and the contest started an hour early.
Figuratively speaking, The Tigers showed up early as well.
In a blaze, Taos took an early lead - generating points from various positions on the court and from several different position players. By the end of the first half, Taos had built a 30-13 lead.
By the end of the third period, the lead was trimmed by just one point. Taos was able to answer each scoring run by the Warriors and looked poised to put the game out of reach. A technical foul administered to Socorro's head coach with 1:39 left in the quarter, though, seemed to energize the Warriors, as they started to piece together a furious comeback.
A barrage of made shots from the field slowly started to chip away at Taos' sizable lead, and with 2:20 left in the game, the score was 51-48.
The tigers would prevail, however - shutting down the Warriors with strong defense and the conversion of critical free throws in the final two-minutes.
The win moves Taos to 2-6 on the season. The Tigers will have two more home games in the coming week with games scheduled against Wingate Dec. 28 and Hatch Valley Dec. 29. Start times are T.B.D.