RIO RANCHO — If there was a night the No. 1-ranked Volcano Vista Hawks were gonna get got, it was Thursday.

Volcano Vista’s second-best player, freshman sensation David Lunn, was in street clothes.

David Gutierrez, the Hawks’ best on-ball defender, was in street clothes.

Final score: Volcano Vista 76, Cleveland 52.

It was arguably the most massively impressive win of the season for the Hawks, who already have a bunch of them.

“It was a very impressive win,” Hawks coach Greg Brown said, “given what was at stake.”

Junior forward Kenyon Aguino was magnificent for Volcano Vista (22-1, 5-0 in 1-5A), scoring a career-high 42 points.

“No players define who we are,” Aguino said. “We’re a team, we play team basketball. Our five against anybody.”

Lunn, his running mate and one of the state’s premier players, was suspended for Thursday’s game. So was Gutierrez.

Both were on the bench in a one-sided game but ventured out onto the floor late Tuesday night at Atrisco Heritage when some pushing and shoving broke out between the reserves on the floor.

Leaving the bench carries a mandatory one-game penalty. Three players from Atrisco Heritage and three from the Hawks — the third being a reserve — couldn’t play Thursday night.

“We didn’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves, we didn’t have time to complain,” Brown said. “There was nothing to complain about. We broke the rules, and we knew we had to move on as quickly as we could.”

Aguino and guard Rian Gonzales, who was outstanding with 23 points, including five 3-pointers, scored 85.5% of Volcano Vista’s points in this win over the Storm (17-6, 2-3), who lost for the fourth time this season against the Hawks.

“We have a strong program, and we’re proud of nights like tonight where we can withstand some adversity like we had,” Brown said. “And Kenyon was unbelievable.”

Still, Cleveland was leading the Hawks 22-13 with 6:48 to go in the second quarter following a mid-range jumper by Remy Albrecht.

The score at halftime? Volcano Vista 35, Cleveland 22.

“We just had to be tougher,” Aguino said. “Make the right adjustments and just play harder, that was the biggest thing.”

Aguino scored 16 of his 18 second-quarter points during that marathon 22-0 run by the Hawks that closed the first half. And the Hawks forced the Storm into eight turnovers during that stretch.

“Offensively, without David and David, our offensive flow was a little stagnant tonight,” Brown said. “But defensively, there’s never gonna be an excuse for us not to be locked in.”

As far as Aguino goes, Brown didn’t need to ask his star forward for more than usual.

“He knew,” Brown said. “He knew what he had to do.”

Said Aguino: “You know, we had two starters out, but our mentality is next man up, and our defense is really helpful, and all of us knew we had to step up.”

And then he said what everyone plainly observed during those 32 minutes.

“It was like no drop off out there,” Aguino said.

Cleveland star Daniel Steverson, who was honored pre-game for having recently reached 1,000 career points with the Storm, was held to 12 points and was visibly frustrated most of the night.

Albrecht scored 14 points to lead Cleveland.