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Defending champion Pecos no match for Phoenix in 2A title game

Mar. 16—ALBUQUERQUE — Academy for Technology and the Classics capped a season to remember Saturday morning.

The Phoenix won their first Class 2A state boys basketball title in convincing fashion, holding Pecos to just 11 second-half points in securing a 63-37 win in the championship game in The Pit. The game was a rematch of last year's final, won by the Panthers.

ATC, the top seed in the 2A bracket, finished the season with a school ecord 29-3 mark in its final season in the classification. The school moved up to 3A in the 2024-25 school year.

Leading the charge were senior forwards Rocky Miller and Julian "JuJu" Bernardino, who combined for 46 points. Miller overcame a sprained ankle suffered in the second quarter to score 17 of his 25 points in the second half as ATC built upon a 31-26 halftime lead. He scored 11 of the Phoenix's first 15 points in the third quarter during a decisive 15-3 run that gave them a 46-29 lead with 2:49 left in the third.

Pecos, which relied on 6-for-12 shooting from 3-point range to keep pace with the Phoenix, hit just two of 21 shots in the second half and managed just one point in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers, who finished 21-11, reached their seventh championship game in eight years.