ALBUQUERQUE — While he considered this weekend’s tournament in Albuquerque Academy a solid step, Clovis coach J.D. Isler said there is still a lot of chemistry-building left for the Wildcats.
The frontcourt seems to have bonded well already.
Senior posts Arthur Calbert and Jaye Crockett combined to outscore Los Alamos by themselves, and a 12-0 second-quarter run paved the way for a 95-60 blowout in Satuday’s third-place game of the Albuquerque Academy Tournament.
Crockett scored 34 of his game-high 50 points in the second half, and averaged 40 points in the three-day tournament.
“We had a big second quarter,” Isler said. “It just seemed like that kind of got Jaye going, and in the last two quarters he took over.”
Crockett is the second player in Clovis history to score 50 points in a game. Bubba Jennings, Clovis’ all-time leading scorer, holds the Wildcats’ single-game record with 75 points, and also had another 50-point game.
Calbert actually got off to the better start, Isler said, and finished with 21 points. Tanner Adams and Bryan Pierson each scored six for the Wildcats.
Clovis (3-2) outscored Los Alamos 48-26 in the second half.
“They’re the kind of team that hung around the first two games they played,” Isler said. “We knew we had to have a good third quarter, and we did.”
Six-foot-11 junior Alex Kirk had 24 points to lead the way for Los Alamos, but no other Hilltopper joined him in double figures.
The Wildcats continue a tightly-packed early schedule, with a road game at Canyon Randall on Monday before a Tuesday night home game against Portales.
“It’s going to be a tough road trip,” Isler said. “They went all the way to the regional finals last year. Unfortunately, our schedule doesn’t get any easier.”