Robert Taylor poured in 27 points Tuesday night to help lead Pueblo past Metro Tech, 94-19. Taylor broke 1,000-point mark in the process. Academy of Tucson senior Tyler Carrizoza (937), Cienega senior Jordan Green (897) and Cholla senior Marcel Dean (886) are next in line to reach the 1,000-point club.
In other action, St. Augustine standout Andrew Reyna scored 37 points to help the Wolves get past San Manuel 92-81. Reyna is sitting at 1,504 career points.
Two other members of the 1,000-point club faced each other Tuesday night with Empire senior Jack Plouck scoring 11 points to help lead the Ravens past Tanque Verde 59-57. Plouck has 1,099 career points.
On the other side, Tanque Verde guard Anthony Gaxiola scored 13 to bring his career total to 1,434.
Empire raced out to a 14-2 lead, but the Hawks slowly cut into that lead and charged ahead 54-50 with 2:19 left in the game but a 3-pointer by Plouck with 1:21 left put the Ravens back up 56-55.
The Hawks had a chance to retake the lead but a steal turned into an easy bucket from Gabriel Martin to increase the margin to 58-55 with 27.4 seconds left. Joseph Sillman hit a shot with 14.9 seconds left to make it 58-57 but C.J. Robinson made a free throw with 3.5 seconds left to seal the 58-57 win.
Sillman finished with 21 points and Neo Stilson had 20 for Tanque Verde. Robinson had 17 points, Martin had 13 and Adrian Vera scored 12.
Empire is now 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the 3A South while Tanque Verde fell to 6-6 and 0-2.
On the girl’s side, Pueblo defeated Metro Tech 96-19. Summer Fox scored 31 and Ilyssa Galindo had 21 assists. Galindo broke the 4A record of 18 assists in a game and tied the overall record regardless of conference. She shares the record of 21 assists with former Gila Bend standout Ashley Wirtzberger (2010).
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