Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Spartans Out of Race After 72-69 Loss to St. Michael's.(Sports)

Byline: Eric Butler For the Journal

Bernalillo's Joe Chavez may not remember it, but his last shot for the Spartans was a tough 14-foot jumper with nine seconds left in the game to cut the St. Michael's lead to three points.

And the senior stalwart, who finished not atypically with 27 points and 15 rebounds might not immediately appreciate the words coach Terry Darnell said to each player as he passed through the Bernalillo locker room after the Spartans dropped a 72-69 Region A title game to the Horsemen.

"I just told the seniors that I was really proud of them turning the season around," Darnell said. "We've had a lot of ups and downs, a lot of discouraging moments. …

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