Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Free-Throw Record Hangs Over Cibola.(Sports)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

Nothing is free once a basketball team enters the grueling wars of a district schedule.

The Cibola Cougars, for one, might prefer to keep it that way.

As District 1-5A play opens Thursday night with Cibola at Rio Rancho and West Mesa at Valley, the Cougars have to address a question looming like a dark cloud:

How is it going to improve its terrible free-throw shooting?

In its last four games, Cibola is a pitiful 49 of 94, or 48.9 percent. The Cougars were 15 of 29 at Las Cruces High (and lost by nine points), were 5 of 15 at Alamogordo (and lost by four), made 9 of 14 in a nine-point victory over Sandia and then dropped in only 17 of 36 in a two-point win against Rio Grande. …

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