CARLSBAD — The Clovis Wildcats needed a big night from Deven Crockett, and a big fourth quarter, to leave Carlsbad with a road win. They got both.
Crockett scored 18 to lead three Cats in double figures, and Clovis outscored the host Cavemen 27-19 in the final stanza to escape with a 67-64 victory in Tuesday’s District 4-5A matchup.
Seniors Logan Turnbow and Kyler Brewer-Hill each scored 10 points as Clovis (12-8, 2-0 District 4-5A), won its third-straight game and fourth in the last five.
“Deven was a sparkplug for us,” interim coach Scott Robinson said. “He made some plays, got into the lane. That’s what he provides, and the kids feed off his energy.”
They’ll need that energy throughout the season, as the expected diagnosis came back on junior guard Lathan Lieb. Lieb, who scored 10 points in his season debut against Hobbs, suffered a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Robinson said Lieb will undergo surgery either Friday or Monday.
The Wildcats fell behind due to a 21-10 third-quarter charge by the Cavemen (11-11, 0-2).
“They didn’t do anything different than what they had been doing,” Robinson said. “They got some confidence, knocked down a few shots. They got some momentum and they fed off of that.”
Robinson said the Wildcats locked down in the fourth, “settled down and started making plays.”
Nine Wildcats scored, including seven with at least five points. Matt Enloe and Chase Najera each had 12 points to lead Carlsbad, which hosts Hobbs Friday before Tuesday’s rematch at Rock Staubus Gym.
Clovis plays Friday at Roswell High in the second game of a doubleheader with the Lady Wildcats.