Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Teams Go Into Break Two Ways.(Sports)

Byline: TIM MENICUTCH Mountain View Sports

It's unique to high school basketball. Just when the full-court press gets impressive and the jump shots are worth jumping up and down about, the holidays arrive and seriously slow the flow.

It's not easy for the players to shake off the post-holiday hangover. After sleeping in, overeating and often simply overextending themselves for two straight weeks during the New Year's cheer, the return to the rigors of the gymnasium can make or break a team.

A couple of Estancia Valley prep boys basketball coaches were willing and eager to talk about life after the break, even while the Christmas presents were barely unwrapped and that leftover roast turkey was still warm.

Estancia head coach Phil Clark was understandably unperturbed by the break. …

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