Undefeated Las Cruces eying a state championship run


The best high school basketball team in the Borderland might be the one that calls the Mesilla Valley home. 

The Las Cruces boys are once again rolling through the regular season, undefeated at 21-0, and ranked first in the state of New Mexico. After heartbreaking finishes the last two years, the Bulldawgs are hoping for a fairy tale ending in 2019. 

In its purest form, basketball is the perfect team sport, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Few teams prove that better than the Las Cruces Bulldawgs. 

“Everyone is a piece to the puzzle. Some people are Texas, some people are Rhode Island, we’ve got one cat that’s California, we’ve got someone that’s Colorado. Everyone is a part of this,” said head coach William Benjamin. 
Together, they make up New Mexico’s top team a balanced juggernaut with four players averaging over 10 points per game for the Bulldawgs.
“No one in the state of New Mexico can really match up with our starting five because all 5 players are very versatile. We can do more than one thing,” said senior Marcus Scott.
For the second year in a row, Las Cruces has opened the season with 21 straight wins, making the the hunted team across the Land of Enchantment. 
“We have a big target on our back,” senior Shae Hernandez said. “Everyone wants to be the first team to take us out. So each and every game we have to come with it.”
The Bulldawgs have a big target of their own. Last year, Las Cruces lost in the state semifinals; the year before that, in the championship game. They want to finish the job at The Pit next month. 
“After losing coming back those two years and finally coming out with the win, that’d be the greatest feeling ever,” Hernandez said.
“If we’re fortunate enough to hoist that blue trophy, we’re going to come back down to the south and we’re going to celebrate in Las Cruces and I’m going to take it down there to El Paso and we’ll celebrate with you guys too,” Benjamin said. 

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