CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats notch win over Jefferson

CNJ staff

ARTESIA — The Clovis High boys have already avenged one of their losses from a year ago.

Junior guard Jaden Isler led three Wildcats in double figures with 12 points and Clovis, playing its season opener, led virtually wire-to-wire Thursday in posting a 60-41 victory over El Paso Jefferson in the quarterfinals of the Artesia Invitational.

The Cats advanced to a 4:30 p.m. semifinal game today against the Roswell-Goddard Deming winner.

Last year, Clovis lost to the Foxes 40-36 in a semifinal game of he same tournament.

“We played with a lot of effort,” CHS coach J.D. Isler said. “Obviously, you’re not very refined in the first game of the season, but we had a pretty good third quarter and we finished off strong.”

Junior guards Bryce Hill and Manuel Robles added 10 points each for the Cats, who doubled their eight-point halftime lead by outscoring the Foxes 18-10 in the third period despite having starters Cody Thornsbury and Michael Lewis on the bench with three fouls apiece.

Clovis’ biggest lead was 60-38 in the closing seconds.

“We took a lot of good, open shots, but we didn’t shoot that well,” Coach Isler said. “The two things we did well were we played hard and we rebounded well. We got a lot of second shots because we were active on the boards.”

Jefferson (3-6) got 12 points from Mario Godinez, who connected on four of the Foxes’ five 3-pointers.

Artesia Invitational
Carlsbad 60, Silver 48
Clovis 60, El Paso Jefferson 41
Roswell Goddard 44, Deming 39
Artesia vs. Lovington (n)
Consolation semifinals
Deming vs. Jefferson, 10 a.m.
Silver vs. Artesia-Lovington loser, 1:30 p.m.
Championship semifinals
Goddard vs. Clovis, 4:30 p.m.
Carlsbad vs. Artesia-Lovington winner, 7:30 p.m.