NEW MEXICO (KRQE) –The defending champions of boys Class 5A basketball moved from the quarterfinals to the semifinals on Tuesday. Las Cruces defeated Los Lunas 46-38.
Isaiah Carr led the way for Las Cruces with 21 points. Duece Benjamin scored 16 points. Las Cruces will face two-seed Roswell in the semi-finals on Thursday. Top seed Cleveland advanced with a 60-49 win over Santa Fe while the 4 seed Atrisco Heritage turned away Sandia 70-55. Cleveland and Atrisco Heritage will meet in the semi-finals.
Defending 4A girls champion Los Lunas, playing in 5A this season, dropped the Cleveland Storm in Rio Rancho 55-48 in double overtime. They will play the defending 5A champion, Hobbs, in the semifinals Thursday. The top-seeded Eagles defeated 8 seed Sandia 59-42.
The 6 seed Eldorado went on the road and upset number 3 Centennial 47-44. The Eagles will see another set of Hawks in the semi-finals. Two seed Volcano Vista Hawks hammered La Cueva 58-24.