CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats beat Goddard, stay unbeaten

CNJ staff

ROSWELL — J.D. Isler figures his Clovis High boys basketball team passed a good test on the road Saurday night.

Junior guard Jaden Isler scored 19 points and senior post Michael Lewis added 15 as the Wildcats improved to 6-0 with a 66-57 win over Roswell Goddard.

It was the second win in less than two weeks for the Cats against Goddard (8-4). They beat the Rockets 60-41 en route to the Artesia Invitational title last week.

“They played well; they played really hard,” coach Isler said of the Rockets. “It was a good game for us to play on the road, but I thought we handled it well.”

The teams seesawed through much of a first quarter which ended in a 19-19 tie, but Lewis (12) and Jaden Isler (10) combined for all of the Cats’ points in the second period as Clovis moved out to a 41-31 halftime lead.

The margin grew to 20 points late in the third before Goddard mounted a comeback. The Rockets were unbable to get the margin under double figures until the final period.

Coach Isler said the third quarter gave his team the impetus to finsh off the victory.

“We had a real good defensive third quarter and kind of got them out of the game,” he said. “The last quarter we held them to three field goals, but we kept putting them at the (free throw) line.”

It was the second win in two nights for Clovis, which routed Aztec 63-25 at home on Friday night.

Junior guard Bryce Hill also reached double figures for the Cats with 13 points. Senior forward Josh Hill was Goddard’s only double-figure scorer, finishing with 18 points.

Clovis won’t hit the road again until after New Year’s. The Cats play three home games this week, beginning with a Tuesday contest against Portales, and then host the Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gym from Dec. 28-30.