RIO RANCHO — No. 10 kept the Clovis Wildcats from No. 10 in a row.
P.J. Horgan scored nine of his 19 points in a 19-4 third quarter, as the Cleveland Storm defeated the Clovis Wildcats 62-52 Saturday night.
The Storm (9-6), the 10th-ranked team in Class 5A, also got 14 from Kyle Quintana and led by as many as 18 before a late Clovis run.
“It was back and forth the first half,” Clovis coach J.D. Isler said. “We looked really tired. I didn’t think we would come out that way because last night’s game was slow enough that we’d have some energy left.”
Clovis (15-2), ranked first in Class 5A, entered the night with a nine-game winning streak following a 77-67 win Friday at Highland.
Lathan Lieb led Clovis with 19 and John Dawson had 12 before fouling out, but nobody else had more than six for Clovis, which had received three-straight 20-point nights from sophomore guard D.J. Blackmon.
Blackmon was held to four by the Storm, and senior forward Craig Cook managed about half his average with five points.
“We didn’t get our normal production out of Craig and D.J., and that’s a killer for us,” Isler said. “We looked a step slow, and we just had a disastrous quarter. Got to the basket a lot, didn’t hit layups.”
Horgan, a 6-foot-8 post who has committed to The Citadel next year, was a tough matchup for the Wildcats, and Isler said the Storm often found him after breaking the Wildcat press.
“They got it to him,” Isler said, “and he finished shots.”
Clovis plays twice at home next week, Tuesday against Lubbock Christian and Saturday against Goddard.