NMMI Sports Press
In a game that featured both a big first-half comeback and late game heroics, the New Mexico Military Institute basketball team rose victorious, earning a 78-75 win over conference foe Western Texas College in Snyder, TX.
The Westerners went on a 16-2 run to start the game, prompting a time out by Bronco head coach Sean Schooley. After the break in play, NMMI finished the half on a 32-14 run, and entered the locker room up 34-30.
In the second half, it was a back and forth battle between the two teams, where no team ever held more than a five point lead.
In the final 19 seconds of the game, the Westerners called a timeout, down 75-72, and drew up a play. Schooley set up his team's defense on the outside, trying to stop an open shot from behind the arc, but WTC still managed to hit 35-foot three (almost 12 feet past the longest part of the NBA's three-point arc) to tie up the game 75-75 with 12 seconds left in regulation.
Full-court pressure started to harass Bronco guard Keith Deloatch immediately after he got the inbound pass, but quickly backed off. Deloatch seemed a bit confused by the defensive switch, but quickly recovered, made a few dribbles up court, then aired out a 65-foot prayer. His appeal was answered in the affirmative, resulting in NMMI's second conference road-win of the season.
As a team the Broncos shot 88% (22-25) from the charity stripe and out rebounded Western Texas 48-36.
Isaiah Francis was a large part of that fantastic feat at the free-throw line with a perfect 18-for-18 performance. He led the Broncos with 32 points.
Along with the game-winning shot, Deloatch topped the Bronco roster with 11 rebounds.
"The guys hung in the game fought a hard battle and won it," said coach Schooley, who was thrilled for his team. "Any win in this league is a good win, but a road win is hard to come by."
Next up for the Broncos – 7-14 overall and 2-6 in the WJCAC – will be a home conference game against Clarendon College on Thursday, Jan. 31 with a 6:00 PM tipoff.