ARTESIA — The Clovis High boys had their second consecutive blowout win Tuesday night.
Breathers have been few and far between, but the Wildcats (10-8) jumped on Artesia for a 29-13 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 78-43 victory.
Saturday, in their previous outing, the Cats won at Roswell Goddard 72-36.
“We really haven’t been playing that bad,” CHS coach J.D. Isler said of the Cats’ somewhat substandard record this season. “We’ve just been playing tough teams.”
Senior post Logan Turnbow scored 21 points, including 17 in the second half when the Cats pulled away by outscoring the Bulldogs 39-15. Senior guard Alex Flores finished with two 3-pointers and 14 points, senior forward Marcus Slocum had 11 points and senior forward Kyler Brewer-Hill added 10.
Because the Cats’ game against Los Lunas at Rock Staubus Gym was canceled for this Friday, Clovis is now looking at 10 days between games before opening District 4-5A action on Feb. 5 at home against Hobbs.
Guard Deven Crockett (turf toe), who did not play Tuesday, should be much healthier by then, Isler said, and transfers Lathan Lieb and Craig Cook should be eligible by then.
“Having some time off now may be good for us,” Isler said.
Clovis controlled the first half, but the Bulldogs (10-9) made a run late in the second period to pull to 39-28 at the intermission.
“We’ve been concerned about our third quarters lately, but this time we had a good one,” Isler said. “Everyone contributed, and we finally got Logan going in the second half.”
Senior Ryan Elkins was the only Artesia player in double figures with 10 points.