Texico junior Brett Anderson scores a basket over Eunice defenders Joseph Gentry, left, and Luis Rodriguez during Friday’s game at Texico.
Eunice senior Joseph Gentry, left, and sophomore Blake Smith fight Texico senior Courtland Luscombe for a rebound. Gentry drew a foul on the play.
Eunice senior Luis Rodriguez, left, loses control of the ball in front of Texico defender Jesse Walthers during Friday’s game at Texico.
TEXICO — Texico boys coach Richard Luscombe was a little disappointed his team didn’t shoot better Friday night, especially from close range.
The good news was that it didn’t make any difference in the outcome. The Wolverines (12-4) won their fifth game in a row, rolling to a 17-4 lead at the quarter and thumping outmanned Eunice 72-31.
While he wasn’t happy with his team’s shooting at times, Luscombe noted the Wolverines played solidly on defense against the struggling Cardinals (1-14).
“We got some really good shots,” Luscombe said. “If you play the game long enough, you’re going to have nights when the shots don’t go (in). But defensively, I thought we did some pretty good things.”
Eunice dressed just eight players for the game. Smallish junior guard Casey Rodriguez had three 3-pointers and scored 15 points, but no one else had more than five for the Cardinals.
Meantime, senior Jesse Walthers led the Wolverines with 15 points while 6-foot-4 senior post Daniel Schueler added 14. All told, 11 of 13 Texico players hit the scoring column.
“Obviously, we’ve got players who can come off (the bench) and go as hard as we do,” Schueler said. “It’s never the same player (doing most of the damage) every night.”
Texico held the Cardinals scoreless for four minutes, building a 10-0 lead, and led 22-4 early in the second period. Eunice pulled to 28-15 on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Uly Lozano with three minutes left in the half, but the Wolverines then went on a 21-2 run to build their lead to 32 points late in the third period.
Luscombe was hoping to see his team maintain its level of play despite the lopsided score.
“The kids wanted to go out and play hard, but as we continued to miss shots I think we got frustrated,” he said. “The nice thing is we’ve got enough kids who can find some points.”
The contest was the third in a seven-game homestand for the Wolverines, who host Logan, Capitan and Dora next week before beginning District 6-2A play at home against Clayton on Feb. 5.
“We’re going to have to work hard these next few days and get ourselves prepared for district,” Schueler said.