Carlsbad (12-11, 1-2 District 4-5A) at Clovis (12-9, 2-0), 7 p.m. today
Radio: KCLV-AM 1240, KRMQ-FM 101.5, KTQM-FM 99.9.
Last time out: Both teams played Friday. The Cavemen upset Hobbs 67-58, while the Wildcats saw their four-game streak come to an end with a 72-46 loss at Roswell High.
Last meeting: Clovis won at Carlsbad 67-64 a week ago.
Carlsbad players to watch: G Robbie Arrington, Sr., 6-0, 155; P Matt Enloe, Sr., 6-2, 165.
Pregame thoughts: Interim coach Scott Robinson said the Wildcats had Carlsbad scouted well, but the Cavemen just put forth a great effort against a sluggish CHS squad.
“We’ve got to have a lot more aggressive mentality, both offensively and defensively,” Robinson said. “We were passive on both ends of the floor, and we’ve got to be more aggressive.”
What to expect: Robinson is expecting Carlsbad to play a lot of zone defense, and figures he’ll have no problems with motivation because the win would wrap up the top seed in next week’s district tournament, no matter what happens Friday at Hobbs.
“The kids realize the opportunity we have,” Robinson said, “so I think that will give us some momentum going in.”
Clovis (19-4, 2-0 District 4-5A) at Carlsbad (14-11, 1-2), 7 p.m. today
Radio: KCLV-FM 99.1.
Last time out: Carlsbad lost 41-33 Friday at Hobbs, while Clovis defeated Roswell High 49-43 on the road.
Last meeting: Clovis beat Carlsbad 54-28 last week at Carlsbad.
Carlsbad players to watch: PG Taylor Edmondson, So., 5-11; P Shannon Niemeier, So., 6-0.
What to expect: Clovis coach Jeff Reed is figuring both teams will play better than the last meeting.
“They’ll play better, that’s for sure,” Reed said of the Cavegirls, 7-3 at home. “It will be a little bit tougher. They should have one of their posts (Neimeier) back. That will make us change some things defensively.”
But he’s hoping Clovis can get things going a little earlier from the outside. The Lady Wildcats missed their first 13 3-point attempts last week against Carlsbad.
“If we would have made some of those threes at the beginning of the game … (if) we just make two 3s, it could have been a 16-point lead at halftime.”
State seeding: Clovis, a winner of seven straight, is tied with Cibola for the fourth-best record in Class 5A, behind Eldorado and Las Cruces High (both 23-1) and Sandia (21-2). Gallup (17-5) is the only other 5A team with less than seven defeats.
Reed said he’d be surprised if Clovis doesn’t get either the fifth or sixth seed for the state tournament.
— Compiled by Kevin Wilson