Lovington at Portales
7 p.m. today, Portales H.S.
Records: Lovington 10-12, 4-2 district. Portales 15-7, 5-0.
At stake: The Rams are looking for a regular-season sweep of their longtime district rival.
Last time out: Portales’ game Tuesday against Ruidoso was postponed because of snow. Lovington beat NMMI 62-45.
Last meeting: Portales Lovington 45-40 on Jan. 27. Nick Bliss led the Rams with 13 points and junior Shawn Carrasco added 10. Sophomore Robert Perez led Lovington with 14 points.
What 2 to watch 4: Portales coach Mark Gallegos said want to force the tempo and keep Lovington from getting their zone defense. Gallegos also said the Rams will try to limit the times Lovington point guard Robert Hargrove touches the ball, including using a box-and-one defense. Hargrove was limited to six points in the teams’ first meeting.
Notes: Portales has won six games in a row and 11 of their last 13. .... Lovington has won two straight games. ... Portales stayed at fifth in this week’s Class 3A coaches’ poll. Lovington is unranked.