Texico boys Class 2A semifinal preview

Class 2A
No. 3 Texico vs. No. 1 Penasco
8 a.m. at The Pit
Texico 23-5, Penasco 22-7
How they got there: Texico beat Lordsburg 43-32, Pecos 56-21. Penasco beat Escalante 65-54, Bosque Prep 82-60 in the quarterfinals.

Lowdown on Texico: After erasing an early 18-point deficit to make it to the Class 2A semifinals, Texico coach Richard Luscombe is proud his players can work through the toughest of scenarios.

“I think it helps their confidence level,” Luscombe said. “In the past, our teams haven’t responded as well to adversity, but these kids know they can come back.”

But that doesn’t mean he wants to see it again. Penasco is a team similar to Pecos, especially with their speed and uptempo style of play, Luscombe said.

The Wolverines have not been to the finals since winning the title in 2001.

Luscombe feels with the worst game is behind them, his team has a good shot at the finals.

“The first game was the most nervous,” Luscombe said on the win against Pecos.

“We must control the tempo and use our size advantage to successful.”

Lowdown on Penasco: The Panthers Bobby Richardson is capable of playing all five positions, Luscombe said, so Texico’s defensive attack will focus on containing him.

Richardson scored 27 points against Bosque Prep in the quarterfinals, and averages 17 points per game during the regular season.

Texico’s switch from zone to man-to-man proved successful against Pecos, so Luscombe hopes it will have the same effect today.

— Compiled by CNJ sports writer Greg Price