Clovis pulls off improbable win

CNJ staff

ALBUQUERQUE — With 1:45 left in Friday’s game at Sandia, the Clovis boys basketball team appeared headed for a painful road loss.

After trailing by 17 at the end of the third quarter, Clovis still trailed by 12 and were staring at the No. 4 seed in the upcoming District 4-5A tournament.

But all of a sudden, the Wildcats couldn’t miss.
Tigg Bunton capped off a game-ending 14-0 run with a 4-foot banker with no time left as the Wildcats stunned Sandia 58-56. Bunton’s putback came off John Props’ desperation 3-pointer.

“Some say it was the biggest comeback Clovis has ever had,” Clovis coach J.D. Isler said. “It was the biggest comeback I’ve ever had in 18 years of coaching.”

In the run, freshman Jaden Isler came off the bench to nail two 3-pointers and Bunton added five of his team-high 20 points. Props started off the streak with a 3-pointer. He scored 13.

With Hobbs beating Carlsbad 72-64 on Friday, Clovis (21-5, 5-3) is the No. 3 seed in the district tournament.

No. 4 Sandia (14-10, 4-4) hosts Carlsbad on Monday. The winner of that game will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Clovis.

Matador senior guard Corrie Trujillo had a game-high 24 points. Brothers Nate and David Kanyinda had 13 and 11 points, respectively.