East Mountain’s Aidan Aragon scored a team-high 16 points last Saturday to pace the boys basketball team to a 60-51 victory on the road at Gallup’s Rehoboth Christian.

“We had nice balanced scoring which is what we’ve been looking for,” East Mountain’s first-year head coach Joe Vigil said about the team’s second win of the season.

Kyle Roark chipped in 9, while Darryl Pennington and Isiah Padilla added 8 apiece.

The Timberwolves are enjoying their first winning streak following their first victory of the season last Thursday at home.

The T’Wolves used an 11-0 run right out of the gate to build a lead they never relinquished in their 69-41 win over the visiting Academy for Technology and the Classics, or ATC, a charter school from Santa Fe.

“We wanted to get a good start and finish strong, and we did that,” Vigil said. “I’m happy for the kids because they were hungry and this was a good team win.”

Aragon scored a game-high 26 points in the victory.

It was the most points the T’Wolves scored in a single game all season.

It also marked Vigil’s inaugural victory as a head coach at the varsity level. Vigil’s previous varsity coaching stints have all been as an assistant.

“It feels good,” Vigil said. “But it’s not about me, it’s about the kids.”

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

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