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Today the New Mexico Bullsnakes of the American Basketball Association played their second game of the regular season against fellow league member the North Texas Prowlers.
The McDermott center, home of the Bullsnakes held a nice energetic crowd excited for tip-off.
The game started with both teams trading baskets early in the first quarter. The Bullsnakes began to pull away with inspired defense. The Bullsnakes lead after the first quarter was twelve.
Bullsnakes star Devon Williams went down early with a minor injury and should be expected back in the lineup next week.
By halftime the Bullsnakes held a comfortable lead with the score at 64-53. By the third quarter the Bullsnakes were able to gain even more distance with a steady 16pt lead.
The Prowlers did make a significant run, coming within 1pt of the Bullsnakes in the fourth quarter. The Bullsnakes proceeded with a stifling press to give themselves some breathing room to come away with a 115-109 victory which gives the Bullsnakes a 1-1 record in league play.
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NEW MEXICO BULLSNAKES TO BEGIN THEIR INNAGURAL ABA SEASON ON NOVEMBER 3RD
(ALBUQUERQUE, NM) – After nearly nine months of practicing and playing exhibition games, the New Mexico Bullsnakes will tip-off their regular on Sunday, November 3rd at The McDermott Athletic Center against the South Phoenix Knights.
The Bullsnakes have a solid core of 12 players on their roster, led by former UNM player Devon Williams. Williams averaged 30 points and 11 rebounds during the exhibition season.
“We are so excited to have Devon as the face of our team,” Bullsnakes owner Nick Lourenco said. “He’s a hard worker and leads by example every day in practice. The fact that he’s playing right now is a testament to his hard work.”
Williams’ UNM career was cut short in November of 2015 when he suffered a spinal injury after a fall against New Mexico State.
The team also features an array of local talent, including Mikal Monette, Lamar Morinia, and Brady Patterson. Monette is Cibola High School’s all-time leading scorer and played two seasons at UNM before finishing his career at Eastern New Mexico. Morinia, a graduate of Manzano High School, spent 10 years playing overseas and often serves as the Bullsnakes’ vocal leader. Patterson, who graduated from Rio Rancho High School in 2015, was named USA Today Player of the Year for New Mexico after his senior season.
The Bullsnakes’ schedule features 14 home games and 6 road games, including trips to Las Vegas, the Dallas metro area, Phoenix, and Tucson.
We are proud to announce our team captains for the 2019-2020 season: Lamar Morinia, Devon Williams, and Jared Fuller!
Lamar offers a wealth of professional experience, having played overseas for a decade. He acts as a coach on the floor while still being one of the most productive players on the team. Lamar averaged over 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists in exhibition play. He put up a triple-double in the Bullsnakes’ final exhibition game on October 5th.
Devon is a familiar face to basketball fans in the state of New Mexico, having played at UNM from 2012 to 2015. He leads by example on the court, averaging 30 points and 11 rebounds during the exhibition season, and isn’t shy about speaking up when the situation calls for it. Devon has been vital to the team’s foundation since day one, being the only Bullsnakes player to appear in all 8 exhibition games.
Jared is the prototypical “glue guy” that every successful team needs to have. He always provides a major spark of energy when he enters games and likes to encourage his teammates to do the same. The Rio Rancho High School graduate is a capable scorer who excels in all the hustle categories. Jared had exhibition highs of 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Bullsnakes Communications Office