Hobbs cruises by Clovis

By Kevin Wilson

kwilson@cnjonline.com

Big normally beats fast on a basketball court, even moreso when fast can’t hit shots.

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis guard Marquese Gaither defends Hobbs guard Cayson Meridyth in the first half Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis guard Marquese Gaither defends Hobbs guard Cayson Meridyth in the first half Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

The District 4-5A matchup of quick versus big went to big, in a big way, as the Eagles outmatched the Wildcats in a 67-53 win Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

Kelvin Jones scored 16 points off the bench to lead three in double figures for the Eagles (20-6, 2-0), who now control their destiny in the District 4-5A race with double-digit wins over the Wildcats and Carlsbad.

“We played a solid game,” third-year Hobbs coach Mike Smith said. “We didn’t close the way we wanted to, but we’ll take the win.”

Jordan Chavarria posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards, and Cayson Meridyth had 11 points as the Eagles led for 29:40 of the game, and trailed for only 70 seconds after a Willie McCray 3-pointer — one of three on the night for the cold-shooting Wildcats.

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis guard Willie McCray draws contact from Hobbs guard Cayson Meridyth in the second quarter Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. McCray had 24 points in Clovis’ 67-53 loss.

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis guard Willie McCray draws contact from Hobbs guard Cayson Meridyth in the second quarter Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. McCray had 24 points in Clovis’ 67-53 loss.

Hobbs hit only two from long-distance, but both came during an 8-0 burst in just 55 seconds that quickly pushed the lead to 26-16. Clovis (12-10, 0-1), which shot 20-of-59 on the night, never mounted a serious challenge from there and only got within double figures once the rest of the night.

“That’s Hobbs; stuff like that happens,” Clovis coach Matt King said of the burst, part of a 10-0 Eagles run. “We’ve got to match them and make baskets.”

McCray led the Wildcats with 24 points on 6-of-19 shooting, but only guard D.D. Egbert (eight points on 4-of-8 shooting) added more than six on the night.

The Wildcats only turned the ball over 12 times, but struggled to get inside shots against the 6-foot-10 Jones and the 6-foot-4 Chavarria, who combined for five blocks.

“We wanted to close off the middle for Willie (McCray) and some of those other guards,” Smith said. “I thought the kids did a good job of that and forced them to take those shots from the perimeter.”

Friday marked the second time in a week the Wildcats shot poorly, counting a 17-of-58 effort against Lovington. The 5A Wildcats had enough of a talent gap to beat the 3A Wildcats anyway, but found that wasn’t the case against the Eagles.

“We’ve got to make shots,” King said. “I thought the kids played hard, they gave good effort. We’ve got to convert the easy ones. We struggled in the first half against their big guys. It was a problem, no question. It’s something we’ve got to work on for when we see them the next time.”

 

Hobbs (20-6, 2-0) — Kelvin Jones 6-11 4-5 16, Jordan Chavarria 5-8 3-3 13, Cayson Meridyth 4-8 2-2 11, Trey Nelson 1-2 3-4 6, Devante Brown 3-7 0-1 6, Adrian Foster 2-4 2-2 6, Gabriel Jurado 1-2 3-4 5, Adrian Trevino 2-3 0-0 4, Totals 24-45 17-21 67.

Clovis (12-10, 0-1) — Willie McCray 6-19 4-9 24, D.D. Egbert 4-8 0-0 8, Kamal Cass 3-7 0-0 6, Roland Chavez 3-10 0-0 6, Traivon Sopila 2-2 1-2 5, Justin Henderson 1-3 0-0 2, Kaine Bender 1-5 0-0 2, Brandon Brewer 0-1 0-0 0, Tomas Acuna 0-1 0-0 0, Marquese Gaither 0-3 0-0 0, Totals 20-59 10-16 53.

 Hobbs   13   24   17   13   — 67
Clovis   12   12   16   13   — 53

3-pointers — Hobbs 2-8 (Nelson 1-2, Meridyth 1-3, Trevino 0-1, Foster 0-2), Clovis 3-16 (McCray 3-10, Henderson 0-2, Gaither 0-1, Brewer 0-1, Egbert 0-1, Bender 0-1). Rebounds — Hobbs 34 (Chavarria 12), Clovis 29 (Henderson 7). Turnovers — Hobbs 19, Clovis 12. Total fouls — Hobbs 17, Clovis 18. Fouled out — None. Junior varsity — Hobbs 93, Clovis 65.

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