Members of the 1994 Class AA state basketball championship team had a chance to see one another and catch up with old friends when they were honored in Albuquerque on March 16 at The Pit and also given a banquet and medals. "We were close-knit, like a family," said the 1994 team's point guard, Tony Vigil, whose job it was "to control the tempo and get everybody in sync."
After taking third in the state in 1993, the Wildcats had their sights on the title in 1994 and played an impressive 25-4 season to get it. Head coach James Branch led the Wildcats to the post-season where they first played Santa Fe Indian School in the first round. The Wildcats sealed their 85-75 win in a 26-point third quarter and 33 points from Tyrone Jenkins in the game and 28 from Jake Montoya.
The Wildcats next faced Crownpoint, whose Dale Brothers put up 46 points. It wasn't enough to beat Questa. The Wildcats won 64-58 and advanced to the final against Hot Springs led by All-Staters Royce Olney and Brandon Showers - the very team who beat them in the semifinal the previous year.
But Questa had three All-Staters of their own: Tyron Jenkins, Jake Montoya and Tony Vigil.
Hot Springs got an early lead, but the Wildcats closed the gap by halftime and went on to win the game 75-67 and the championship title, with 24 points from each of Jenkins and Montoya.
"We all bought into the program coach Branch set forth for us," said Vigil. "We were well-conditioned and well-disciplined."
- Information from the speech given by the NMAA in honor of the 1994 Questa Wildcat basketball team was used in this report.
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