Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rio Grande Defeats Visiting Rams 53-51.(Sports)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

* Rio Rancho misses chance to win boys basketball game in the closing seconds

Rio Grande used a 15-2 spurt in the second half to erase an 11-point second-half deficit, and the Ravens turned away visiting Rio Rancho 53-51 in boys basketball on Wednesday night.

The Rams (3-8) had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds when senior guard Preston Wilhite took a baseline shot from beyond the 3-point line and Rio Rancho was trailing by two. Rio Grande's Dale Caldwell got a piece of the shot, however, and blocked it out of bounds with 0.5 seconds left.

Rio Rancho inbounded but couldn't get off another shot, and fell to 3-8.

"I got hit (by Caldwell), but it's a situation where you don't (get) that kind of call," said Wilhite, who scored a team-high 15 points but none in the final 15 minutes, which basically encompassed the entire second half. …

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