By Sebastian Noel
For Enchantment Sports
It’s unfair. Northern bias. Those ProView guys don’t know.I’ve heard it all in regards to why Las Cruces wasn’t given a number one seed Sunday during NMAA seeding.
Not only did the NMAA give the number one seed to a very deserving Volcano Vista Hawks team (21-4), it also created a road to the title for Las Cruces (28-0) that brought a smile to my face.
All season long I’ve been saying Las Cruces, although good, would not be undefeated if it resided in District 1.
If William Benjamin’s Bulldawgs win their opening round matchup against Onate (18-11), they will most likely face Cleveland (24-6).
The state’s most un-guardable player, Aamer Muhammad (Lubbock Christian bound), last year’s best player, Jalen Munn (N.M. Highlands bound) and a cast of contributors will give the Dawgs all they can handle.
Next up would be a matchup against the winner of the Atrisco Heritage (18-7) vs. Rio Rancho (19-8) pairing.
The Dawgs got Atrisco early in the season, and coach Adrian Ortega told me that particular loss was the one game he’d like to play again.
Should Rio Rancho be the opposition, the Dawgs will face the best inside/outside tandem in the state in Blaine Gallegos and Air Force bound David Patterson.
If the Dawgs again come out unscathed, a championship matchup with the Volcano Vista Hawks could await.
The deserving number one, and a team full of talented seniors is the final District 1 team that could stand in the way of the Dawgs.
If Las Cruces can spend a week in District 1, and come out on the other side, hoisting the blue trophy, then and only then will I say: They are the state’s best.
First-round games areCapital (21-9) vs. Eldorado (21-6); Manzano (14-12) vs. Santa Fe (21-7); La Cueva (16-10) vs. Cleveland; Roswell (17-10) vs. Atrisco; Gadsden (16-9) vs. Rio Rancho; Clovis (20-8) vs. Hobbs (20-7); Carlsbad (15-13) vs. Volcano Vista and Onate vs. Las Cruces.
Sebastian Noel does play-by-play for ProView Networks and is one of the state’s premier prep basketball experts. If you have information for Sebastian about high school sports, email him at EnchantmentSportsNM@gmail.com.