Posted by New Mexico Bullsnakes Basketball on Jan 26 2020 at 12:18AM PST
image New Mexico Bullsnakes vs. OC Novastars

By Russell Gurule’

GAME SUMMARY: Saturday’s evening game was everything a Bullsnakes fan could hope for. Excitement was abundant from tip-off all the way to the final buzzer. The crowd was large and engaged as the Bullsnakes took the court for the first time in three weeks.

This was also the first time that a Bullsnakes home game was broadcast live on Facebook. The opponent was the OC Novastars from Los Angeles, California who are considered a high-ranking team in the ABA.

The 1st quarter started with the Bullsnakes coming out attacking the basket from the get go. From the outside the Bullsnakes were a little cold, yet were able to build a steady ten point lead throughout the first half of action. The points were spread around between the Bullsnakes during the 1st quarter. It was a matter of which Bullsnake was going to get hot.

Seth Warfield and Derius Hegwood came into the game with energy to really get the Bullsnakes going. However the OC Novastars stayed within striking distance, taking a brief lead in the 2nd quarter around the 6 minute mark. The Bullsnakes had fallen into a little bit of lull with shots not falling. The Novastars took advantage and made the game much more interesting.

The Bullsnakes were able to secure the lead with a solid trapping half-court press. Key plays were made by Daniel Delgado and Damien Salais along with Jimmie Marshall to help swing the momentum into the Bullsnakes favor.

Devin Williams and Lamar Morinia were consistent throughout the first half in keeping the Bullsnakes focused. Each one of the star duo was able to make crucial plays to give the Bullsnakes the lead by halftime.

The 3rd quarter started with intensity as each team looked to get a handle on the game. Each team traded baskets for about half of the 3rd quarter until the Bullsnakes found another gear. From then on, it was a series of runs by several players. Lamar Morinia and Devon Williams both got hot in the quarter. Seth Warfield was also hot behind the 3-point line. Jared Fuller also came in with his own mini-run.

Blake Mitchem made his debut as a Bullsnake with a thunderous breakaway slam which got the crowd going. Josh Holmes was also lights out. By now the Bullsnakes had built a very large lead which seemed to deflate the already tired Novastars. The Bullsnakes went away with a 145-111 victory improving their record to 6-2.

The 4th quarter was an exhibition of energy as the Bullsnakes were running away with the big lead. It was only a matter of the clock reaching zero.

Devon Williams and Lamar Morinia combined for 68 points and a blistering 13/26 for 50% from 3-point land.

Devon Williams finished with 38 points and 12 rebounds. Lamar Morinia finished with 30 points and 6 assists. Seth Warfield also had a fantastic game with 19 points going 5/9 from 3-point land for 55%

The Bullsnakes now move to their next home game this coming week on Thursday against the Southwest Desertcats at the MAC. Game time will be 6 p.m. Then the Bullsnakes will hit the road for two games in Arizona where they will face the South Phoenix Knights on Saturday and the Tucson Buckets on Sunday.

Check our website for times. We will also go Live on Facebook for more exciting Bullsnakes basketball. Thank you to all our fans who attended Saturday’s game and once again Go Bullsnakes!!


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