Cats survive foul trouble at Roswell

CNJ staff

ROSWELL — The Clovis High boys had a somewhat uneven game Friday night, partly due to foul trouble.

Nonetheless, the Wildcats had relatively little trouble improving to 19-3, putting four players in double figures in a 70-58 non-district victory over Roswell High.

Clovis was held to nine points in the second quarter as the Coyotes pared a 21-8 deficit after one period to just two points. But posts Michael Lewis and Layne Strebeck took over in the second half, scoring six points apiece in both the third and fourth stanzas.

The Cats broke the game open with a 10-0 run midway through the final quarter.

“We starting trying to go inside to our posts,” Isler said. “That kind of got us going.”

Clovis makes a quick return to action tonight, hosting Portales at Rock Staubus Gym in a 7 p.m. makeup of a game originally postponed in December due to bad weather.

Clovis had three starters — Lewis and guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill — on the bench in the second quarter, all with three fouls.

“We had a pretty good first quarter, but then we got in a lot of foul trouble,” coach Isler said. “That kind of took a lot out of us.”

Lewis finished the game with 18 points while Cody Thornsbury and Hill added 15 apiece and Strebeck ended up with 12. Jaden Isler, the team’s leading scorer for the season, was limited to five points.

That accounted for most of the scoring, but Isler said the Cats’ bench also played well.

“Jordan Mendoza came off the bench and gave us some good minutes,” Isler said. “Cody Thornsbury was our only guard not in foul trouble and he did a good job on (Roswell High’s Michael) Nelson.”

Senior guard Justin Kelt connected on three 3-pointers and scored a game-high 15 points for the Coyotes (15-7), who lost the earlier matchup to the Cats 82-62 in Clovis.