Mike Buffalo returned to score 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 3 assists to lead New Mexico Military Institute to their first conference win over Western Texas Junior College.
The Bronco basketball (9-12, 1-6) team came back from several deficits vs. Western Texas Junior College (16-6, 2-5) Monday to earn their first WJCAC victory, 66-62.
“The guys played very well. They played hard and I’m really proud of them,” said NMMI coach Sean Schooley.
The game was close and physical for the entire way, with neither team able to get more than an eight-point lead.
West Texas then put in eight unanswered points and held the lead until the 5:31 mark, when Mike Buffalo hit for two, then was fouled and went 1-for-1 from the line to put NMMI up 19-17.
The sides then traded the lead, with the Broncos going up 27-20 before the Westerners ended the half with a 7-0 run to head to the locker room up 32-29.
Western extended its lead to eight to open the second half, but the squads then began trading buckets, with the West Texas lead varying from three to six points.
The Broncos were in the bonus with a little less than 10 minutes left, and could have closed the gap quickly, but missed a number of chances at the line. Finally, after a 3 by Monzaigo Williams that put the Westerners up 56-53, the Broncos went on a run that would give them the lead for good.
Peralta hit for two and was fouled, and made his shot from the stripe, tying the game. John Marsh and McCray each went 1-for-2 from the line, then Buffalo hit back-to-back field goals that had the crowd roaring at each bucket.
Buffalo was impressive in his return to the Broncos line up after a two game layoff. He was aggressive and looked very sharp tonight, he didn’t seem bothered by the ankle that he injured in a loss against Franklin Phillips.