After a rough start the Warriors fought back to lead at halftime and much of the 3rd quarter before falling to Pojoaque 71-61 on the road Friday evening. The loss brings the Warriors three game winning streak to a halt and evens their record at 4-4. Playing the without the services of point guard Ryan Botko the Warriors struggled early with full court pressure from the Elks and fell behind 24-16 at the end of the first quarter. However, with pressure of their own the Warriors forced the Elks into numerous turnovers as well and saw the Elks force up ill-advised three point shots while the Warriors settled down and got into an offensive rhythm. In the 2nd quarter the Warriors outscored the Elks 16-9 to go to the lockeroom at halftime with a 33-32 lead.
In the 3rd quarter the Warriors saw the Elks hit an early three point shot to retake the lead, but the Warriors picked up where they left off at halftime and went on a 16-6 run to take their biggest lead of the night at 49-41 with over three minutes remaining in the quarter. It was at this point that Pojoaque completely changed the momentum of the game with 9-0 run to end the quarter for a 50-49 lead. The Elks continued their streak into the 4th quarter by scoring the first seven points and extending the run to 16-0 and giving them a 57-49 lead. From that point the Elks maintained the lead and were able to hold off the Warriors to win by ten points. The Warriors were lead in scoring by Marquez Perez with 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting and hitting 4 of 4 from behing the three point line. Wesley Mauldin and Damian Townsend also hit double figures with Mauldin scoring 17 points while making 3 of 5 behind the arc and Townsend adding 11 points. Other scorers for the Warriors were Tyler Greenwood with 6, Michael Armijo with 4 and Darrian Greenwood and Justin Angel each added 2 points.
The Warriors continued their hot shooting from the three point line by hitting 7 of 9 from behind the arc. Over their last four games the Warriors have hit 29 of 55 three point attempts for 53%. However the Warriors have struggled from the free throw line over the last 4 games making only 39 of 72 from the charity stripe for 54%. The Warriors have also struggled with turnovers during this 4 game stretch giving up the ball 80 times while forcing the opposition into 70 giveaways.
The Warriors will next take the court on Thursday December 15th at the Ben Lujan Tournament in Pojoaque.