Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

West Mesa Downs Belen in Overtime.(Sports)

Byline: Frank A. Gurule For the Journal

Free Throws Make Major Difference

West Mesa hit three free throws in the final minute of overtime and then hung on for an exciting 68-66 win over visiting Belen on Tuesday.

The Mustangs' Goron Isirov, a transfer student from Macedonia, sent the game into overtime by hitting a basket with five seconds left in regulation. His free throw with six seconds left in overtime sealed the win.

Belen didn't help its cause, missing 10 free throws in the second half and overtime.

West Mesa canned four 3-pointers to grab a 23-13 first-quarter lead. Ruben Abeyta converted two of the trifectas and finished the game with 15 points. …

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