El Paso, Texas — State ranked Americas extended their win streak to 13 games, holding off a hard fighting Coronado squad 69-63 Friday night.
The 22nd ranked Trailblazers used a 12-1 run to open the third quarter, and held Coronado to just a free throw in the first seven minutes of the third, but Coronado got a huge performance from Ayaan Sohail to charge a fourth quarter comeback to make things interesting.
Leading 37-30 at the half, Americas opened up an 18-point lead after that run, but the T-Birds finished the quarter on a 8-0 run to trim the lead and got as close as five points down in the final two minutes of the game.
Sohail scored a game high 30 points, and was a key component in a 17-3 Coronado run that cut the lead down to 54-48 with under five minutes to play in the fourth. Coronado used a tricky full court trap that led to some easy layups during the run.
However the Blazers remained poised and had three players score in double figures led by Joseph DeAnda who scored 16 points, and hit four 3-pointers. DeAnda sealed things at the free throw line in the final minute while Coronado was frantically trying to make it a one possession game down the stretch.
Angel Gutierrez chipped in with 13 points, and Eric Casteneda added 10 points for the Blazers who hit eight 3-pointers in the contest.
The Blazers now have a two game lead on Coronado with three games left, and improve to 7-0 in district 1-6A play.