Moriarty boys hoops start season with wins over Taos, East Mountain

Moriarty High’s boys basketball team is off to a 2-0 start after picking up a 60-56 victory last Saturday at Taos.

“That was a good win on the road for us,” Moriarty head coach Mike Trujillo said.

The win came two days after the Pintos beat the visiting East Mountain Timberwolves 69-52 to start the season.

Tyler Murphy’s 3-pointer early in the first quarter helped the Pintos launch a 13-1 run to take a double-digit lead they maintained for much of the game.

Moriarty’s Marvin Encinias leaping for a layup past East Mountain’s Liam Painter.

East Mountain trimmed the deficit once or twice throughout the contest, but every time the T’Wolves narrowed the gap the Pintos responded with an offensive spurt.

“That’s what happens when you get behind,” East Mountain head coach Joe Vigil said. “I think we came out with a lack of focus and they jumped on us.”

East Mountain’s Aaron Talamante hit a 3-pointer late in the second quarter to cut the lead to 7 points, but moments later Moriarty’s Caleb Edwards sank a 3-ball for the Pintos.

Talamante nailed another trey at the start of the third quarter to pull the T’Wolves within 6, but Moriarty answered with a 14-5 surge. Talamante scored a game-high 20 points and four 3-pointers.

Edwards led the Pintos with 16 points and two treys.

“I was pleased,” Trujillo said. “Starting the season with poise and finishing like that is nice to see—that’s going to be a key, hopefully we can build on it.”

Vigil said his team is young—and the T’Wolves were short a couple of players due to injury, adding, “Our goal is to get better.”

East Mountain played at Santa Fe Prep on Dec. 5.

Moriarty faces Manzano Dec. 7 in the first round of the Belen Tournament.

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