The Tigers started the Ruidoso Madness Shootout by sinking their teeth into the Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins on Thursday (Jan. 6) and came away with the win, 72-36, and racked up one loss and a final win by the tournament's end.
On Friday (Jan. 7) the Tigers lost in overtime to the Goddard Rockets. Prior to facing Taos, Goddard faced a pseudo school (a team that is not covered by MaxPreps, a division of CBS sports focusing on high school competitions). The team is also a non-varsity-level opponent. Winning that game by 30 (76-36) points gave number 91-ranked Goddard some momentum heading into this game. Goddard had a failure to launch in the first quarter: They couldn’t crack double digits on the scoreboard. In the second quarter, however, they doubled their scoring output, and in the third quarter they blasted off with 19 points. At the end of regulation it was tied 54-54. The Rockets outscored the Tigers 11-6 in overtime to win the game.
Senior Power Forward Noah Reese went above and beyond for the Rockets. He scored 23 points, and grabbed 15 rebounds. Most of the damage came from the free throw line; he had 17 free-throw attempts for the game.
The Tigers bounced back on Saturday (Jan. 8) versus number 73-ranked Tatum. After giving up 65 points the day before, the Tigers hung their hats on defense to secure the blowout victory. Tatum were held way below their team scoring average of 40 points for the season, losing 16-62 against the Tigers.