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Organ Mountain shuts down Los Lunas, holds star Jalin Holland without a field goal

Mar. 13—This wasn't the whole story, of course, but it certainly provides a snapshot into the kind of game it was for the Los Lunas Tigers.

0 for 17.

That was what was listed in the column under the header "FG (M-A)" for Jalin Holland.

Yes, Los Lunas' sensational junior guard had possibly the worst shooting day of his four-year high school career, missing on all 17 tries from the floor, but that shouldn't obscure this truth: Veteran No. 2 seed Organ Mountain was the superior team to the Tigers on Wednesday evening.

It was the Knights' star, senior forward Brandon Kehres, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Organ Mountain for the second straight year that advanced to the Class 5A semifinals following a 57-32 win over No. 7 Los Lunas at the Pit.

"We were here last year, and we didn't expect to get there, but this year, we had everyone coming back," Organ Mountain coach Rocky Gonzales said.

No one in prep basketball circles could be surprised that the Knights have returned to the semifinal round. Organ Mountain (28-1) has won 27 straight games this season with many of its best players coming back from a year ago.

The Knights were beaten in a close game by Volcano Vista in last year's 5A semis. Organ Mountain's path to Saturday night's final goes through No. 11 Albuquerque High.

The upstart Bulldogs and Knights meet at 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the semis.

"They're young, but we can't let them get going," Gonzales said of Albuquerque High. "Hopefully we can force the tough shots and come out on top."

Kehres and the Knights are anticipating a loud, large turnout backing the Bulldogs.

"We have to stay strong mentally. We just have to go out there and play ball," he said.

The 32 points Wednesday represented a season low for Los Lunas.

The Tigers (20-10) and Holland had altogether a game to forget. They only made eight field goals in the game (five of them in the first quarter), and didn't score a point in the fourth quarter, going 0 for 14 collectively from the floor.

"Very disappointing," Los Lunas coach Travis Julian said quietly.

Holland finished with 10 points on free throws; he was fouled 15 times by Organ Mountain.

The Knights never trailed, and the game was only tied once, at 8-8. They consistently got the better of Los Lunas on the offensive glass, and outscored the Tigers 34-8 in the paint.

ORGAN MOUNTAIN 57, LOS LUNAS 32

LOS LUNAS (20-10): Isaiah Juarez 11, Rex Kinsey 2, Jalin Holland 10, Logan Tafoya 7, Isaiah Aragon 2. Totals 8-44 13-19 32.

ORGAN MOUNTAIN (28-1): Ethan Coomes 2, Yeh Nhi Wilson 11, Emmitt McDaniel 9, Ethan Pack 4, Brandon Kehres 23, Patrick Delahoussaye 2, Lenny Washington 2, Ray Venegas 4. Totals 24-50 6-7 57.

Los Lunas 13 6 13 0 — 32

Organ Mt. 17 13 19 8 — 57

3-point goals: LL 3-18 (Juarez 3); OM 3-8 (Wilson, McDaniel, Kehres). Rebounds: LL 28 (Holland 7); OM 37 (Kehres 11). Assists: LL 6 (Kinsey 3); OM 12 (Wilson 6). Total fouls: LL 9; OM 22.