HOBBS — Senior forward Daniel Salazar led five Hobbs players in double figures with 25 points and the Eagles rolled to an 84-62 victory over Clovis High in District 4-5A boys basketball Friday night.
Hobbs (19-4, 2-0 district) led from the get-go and put down one Clovis charge in the third quarter. Senior center Juhreece Thompson and junior guard Shelby Reeves had 13 points each for the Eagles, while senior forwards Josh Sanders and Kyle Niemeyer added 12 and 10, respectively.
“They got off early and hit some shots,” said Clovis varsity assistant Scott Robinson, filling in with head coach J.D. Isler forced to sit out the game after getting two technicals and an ejection Tuesday at Lubbock Christian. “The crowd got into it and we turned the ball over a few times.”
Hobbs opened a 36-20 halftime lead over the cold-shooting Wildcats (13-9, 0-1), but Clovis made its move in the third period to get the game down to seven points at one time.
“Each time we’d have a little run, they’d answer,” Robinson said. “We couldn’t sustain the momentum.”
Still down by 11 after three periods, the Cats were outscored 34-23 over the final eight minutes.
“We extended our defense trying to get back in the game,” Robinson said. “We broke down a few times and gave them some easy shots.”
Senior post Jaye Crockett scored 23 points for the Cats, while senior guard Bryan Pierson added 13.
Robinson said the coaching situation didn’t really affect the game that much.
“My role was a little different tonight, but I’m there every day,” he said. “We had our game plan in (for this game) before Tuesday rolled around.”