SANTA FE — Clovis High’s boys are looking for a repeat title in the Capital City Invitational.
The Wildcats rolled into today’s 7 p.m. championship game against St. Michael’s behind a dominating defensive performance and four players in double figures in a 59-38 semifinal win over Capital on Friday night.
Clovis (3-0) turned a nine-point halftime lead into a 47-21 blowout by outscoring the Jaguars 47-21 in the third quarter.
The Cats beat Santa Fe High 62-48 in last year’s championship game. St. Mike’s advanced Friday night with a 57-50 victory over Santa Fe High.
“Our defense was pretty good,” CHS assistant coach Scott Robinson said. “We put a lot of pressure on them in halfcourt and made life tough for them.”
Junior guard Drew Cole led the Cats’ balanced attack with 16 points, while junior guards D.J. Blackmon and John Dawson added 12 points each and sophomore guard Kamal Cass chipped in 10.
It was the second day in a row the Cats had a big third quarter to take command. They did the same things in their opening-round 40-21 win over Gadsden.
“The third quarter has been good to us,” Robinson said. “We really moved the ball well and got open shots.”
Clovis had four of its six 3-pointers in the period, including two by Blackmon who had eight points in the period.
The Class 4A Jaguars (4-2) were limited to seven field goals, staying as close as they did by sinking 20-of-30 free throws.
Senior guard Brian Vigil and junior guard Christian Martinez were Capital’s leading scorers, each finishing with nine points.