Santa Fe escapes, stays unbeaten
By Ray Marin
I thought Yukon was going to pull off an upset Friday night.
It had undefeated Santa Fe, no. 7 in our preseason poll (likely to be in the top five when our new poll comes out next in a few weeks) down by ten late in the third quarter. Yukon led by five with just under three minutes left in the fourth.
Then Santa Fe guard Nic Combs took over.
Combs scored 11 points in the fourth quarter including five in the final 40-seconds to give the Wolves a 64-61 win.
Combs was impressive, scoring a team high 25 points. Yukon guard Tyler Mitchell, though, was equally impressive. Mitchell was 3-6 from behind the three-point line, a perfect 5-5 on two-point field goals, and 5-6 from the free-throw line. He finished with a game high 27 points.
Yukon dropped to 2-5, but played its best game of the year, hands down. Taking a team like Santa Fe to the wire after scoring 32 points against Moore last week is a vast improvement.
There is no doubt Santa Fe overlooked Yukon. After all, Santa Fe won earlier this season at Putnam North and has perhaps the best backcourt in the state.
Santa Fe faces its toughest test of the season thus far at Putnam City on January 4.
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