63-36 spelled backward makes for cager number fun in Taos

The rare flip-flop of scores turns out to be accurate indicator in tale of two teams


Two Numerals

Following the extremely rare lunar occurrence in the skies above Taos last week that involved a blood-red, blue-super moon, another extremely rare phenomenon happened in Northern New Mexico. The Taos Lady Tigers and the Taos Tigers traded opposite, transposed final scores during their respective outings against Pojoaque Valley in a strange numerical coincidence.

Let’s explain. . . .

The Taos Tiger boys’ basketball team traveled to Jacona to take on its District 2-4A opponents, the Pojoaque Valley Elks Feb. 2. The final score was 63-36 in favor of Taos who soundly defeated the struggling young Elk team, rebuilding under the tutelage of first-year coach, Thomas Vigil.

The following night, the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes traveled to Otero Gymnasium to complete the home-and-home agreement of the league schedule, attempting to sweep the Lady Tigers in 2017-18 and spoil Taos’ senior night. The final score was 63-36 in favor of the Elkettes.

The neat play on numbers was a positive for the boys, and was an accurate barometer of where the program stands 23 games into the season following a distressed campaign last year. The average points-per-game for the Tigers is hovering around 65.

Unfortunately, the gauge is the same for the girl’s program, making this rare statistic a negative snapshot of a floundering team limping to the finish line.

Boys’ basketball

Aside from all the three’s and sixes (and vice-versa), the Taos Tigers essentially cruised to an easy victory on the road - vaulting the Tigers into first place in the league as a result of an unexpected win by Robertson over St. Michael’s. The most recent loss by West Las Vegas’ to Robertson put the Tigers a full game ahead of the Dons who currently sit at 3-2.

Taos welcomed the St. Michael’s Horsemen to Otero Gymnasium Feb. 7 in a critical showdown to kick off rivalry week. In a repeat of the first game, the Taos Tigers defeated the Horsemen in double overtime. And, much like the first outing, Quinn Moon emerged as the hero - nailing a vital three-point shot at the end on regulation to force the initial overtime period. Moon hit a similar shot in the waning moments of the first overtime in the first meeting to continue the battle in Santa Fe Jan. 24.

A climatic match between the Tigers and West Las Vegas will take place Feb. 10, a game that may determine the regular-season district champ and the all-important top seed in the upcoming district tournament. Varsity games are slated to begin at 7 p.m.

Girls’ basketball

In contrast, the Lady Tigers find themselves battling the district doldrums, unable to generate points against league opponents, and in the midst of a slide heading into the final two weeks of the season. Since the start of the calendar year, Coach David Sanchez and company are 3-9 and averaging just over 37 points per game.

The Lady Tigers traveled to Santa Fe to take on the St. Michael’s Lady Horsemen Feb. 6 but lost, 57-45 to extend their current winless streak to six games. The remainder of the district schedule places Taos on the road as the girls visit Las Vegas for two tilts in a row.

The first stop is West Las Vegas to challenge the Lady Dons Feb. 12, followed by the season finale against the Robertson Lady Cardinals Feb. 14.

The game against the Lady Dons was originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 9, but was postponed so athletes would be able to attend a rosary services for Gracie Gallegos on the same night. Gallegos was a 2016 student-athlete from West Las Vegas who recently passed away.

All varsity games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.