Late miscues haunt Wildcats

By Dave Wagner
SPORTS WRITER
dwagner@cnjonline.com
Clovis High’s boys keep getting close. They just can’t get over the hump.

After falling to St. Michael’s 45-36 on Tuesday night in the Big XII Classic at Rock Staubus Gym when the Horsemen finished the game on a 10-0 run, the Wildcats led Volcano Vista 36-31 lead with less than two minutes to go on Wednesday.

This time, the Hawks posted a 12-2 edge down the stretch to wrest a 43-38 win from the Cats.

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis junior Roland Chavez puts the up-and-under on Volcano Vista’s David Cormier and scores in the second half of Wednesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis junior Roland Chavez puts the up-and-under on Volcano Vista’s David Cormier and scores in the second half of Wednesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

Senior guard Lorenzo Vigil intercepted an errant inbounds pass near midcourt and scored the go-ahead basket with 26 seconds left, and the Hawks (7-2) made four free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal it.

“I really thought (with a five-point lead) we had control,” CHS coach Scott Robinson said. “I felt like we were fixing to finish a big game.”

Hawks coach Greg Brown said his squad was fortunate to get out of town with the win.

“Sometimes you just get lucky bounces, and a felt like we got a few down the stretch,” he said. “I thought we got outplayed. I thought Clovis was tougher than us, but fortunately the ball bounced our way and we were able to pull it out.”

They did it without anyone reaching double figures — Vigil, junior forward David Cormier and senior forward Caleb Dixon all finished with eight points.

Both teams struggled mightily from the field, each managing only 11 baskets. The Hawks gained a slight edge with a 20-for-24 performance from the free throw line while the Cats (3-7) were 16-of-24.

“We didn’t make the right plays at the end of the game,” Robinson said. “We didn’t execute at some very critical points, and that really hurt us.”

Junior forward Roland Chavez finished with 13 points for the Cats and had a solid all-around game.

“Both teams played great defense,” Brown said. “That’s the best defensive team we’ve played this year. They’re athletic and they really help each other.”

Robinson was happy to see his squad compete with a pretty good Class 6A opponent, just their second so far t his season.

“This was by far our best overall effort,” he said. “Our kids played really hard tonight, and that was our best defensive game of the season.”

Clovis plays at home twice this weekend, hosting Centennial at 7 p.m. on Friday and Las Cruces High at 5 p.m. on Saturday.