Because of our small space in Tuesday's paper I was not able to write as much as I wanted to on the Americas playoff game.
The Trailblazers lost to the defending regional champion North Crowley, 54-50, on Monday in Andrews, TX. But something should be said to how close they were to giving El Paso a third school in the Sweet 16.
Through all four quarter the score was close and in the end North Crowley was just four points better. That's a three-pointer and a couple free throws.
At a certain point, it just happened that Crowley had the ball when it counted. Most of the fourth quarter saw Americas make a basket to tie the score, only to see Crowley make the next shot.
"It was the same things that hurt us all year," Americas coach Mike Brooks said.
Americas had its chance, and yes in the end the better team won. But this deep in the playoffs everyone is good and there is no shame in losing, especially when it was that close.
"I saw a never-give-up attitude," Brooks said. "We showed ourselves and everyone else that we can play with those guys in the metroplex. I think that speaks volumes of what we are doing in El Paso."
El Paso has a tough road to go to get a state title, but then again name one city that easily walks into the final four.
Good job Americas, my hat is off to you.