No. 8 Farmington (12-6, 1-0 District 1-5A) at No. 20 Aztec (7-11, 0-1)
Farmington got off to a solid start in district play with a 33-point blowout of Miyamura on Thursday. FHS got the road win it was looking for and has a chance for another against Aztec.
The Tigers had a good first half against Piedra Vista in their district opener, but were unable to close out the game in the final to quarters as they fell to Panthers 61-56.
FHS is at its best when it’s attacking the basket, but Aztec center Nick Weaver has the length to make finishing difficult for the Scorps.
In the first half, Weaver helped to limit the Panthers’ post trio of Dillon Mason, Jimmy Wood and Tyler Edwards to 4 of 18 from the field. PV regrouped down low though in the second half, and the three players were able to convert 6 of their 10 chances.
Offensively, the Tigers never found a consistent option against PV, Weaver struggled with his shot, making just 3 of 14, while the 3-point gunners around him shot 33 percent (6 of 18) from beyond the arc.
If Aztec is to pull an upset over the higher ranked Scorps, it will need to get Weaver going early in order to create open looks for its shooters.
Prediction: Farmington 65, Aztec 55
No. 2 Gallup (17-1, 0-0) at No. 9 Piedra Vista (9-9, 1-0)
The Panthers earned an important road win in their first district game, and will settle in for five consecutive home games over the next two weeks.
PV will open the homestand with 5A juggernaut Gallup. The Bengals will be playing their first district game and are coming off a 79-72 victory at 6A Eldorado on Thursday.
Gallup and Piedra Vista have met up once before during the non-district season with the Bengals thrashing the Panthers 75-50 in a game at the Grants tournament.
PV struggled throughout the contest with the full court press Gallup employs and will need to find a way to break through the pressure in order to hang around with the Bengals.
Gallup comes into the game as the hottest teams in the state, winning 17 straight games since losing its season opener to Espanola Valley.
Prediction: Gallup 75, Piedra Vista 61