Clovis (18-2) at Lovington (11-10)
7 p.m. today
Radio: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9
Last time out: Clovis has been idle since routing Artesia 88-52. Lovington defeated District 4-3A rival Ruidoso 62-42 on Friday.
Last meeting: The teams have not met in recent history.
Lovington players to watch: Jaden Swenson, 5-10, Sr., G; Jacob Jameson, 5-10, Sr., G; Robert Perez, 6-2, Sr., F.
About Lovington: “They’re going to want to press and run,” Clovis coach J.D. Isler said. “It’s going to be a fast game and an uptempo game, and that’s OK with us. They’re maybe the most athletic team in 3A. They understand they have to play that way because they’re not very big.”
Eight of Lovington’s losses have come against Class 4A or out-of-state schools.
Taking it easy: With no games last week, Isler canceled practice for two days last week to help players recover from sickness. It looked like the right choice Monday, Isler said.
“It’s been a good deal for us,” Isler said. “Craig Cook’s a little better, and Lathan (Lieb) is better. We’re still not 100 percent, but a lot better than we were five days ago.”
Whatever the weather: Isler is hoping the game will be played, but inclement weather might now allow it. Sandy Brownlow of the Clovis High athletics office said if school is canceled, sports events will be postponed, and the game could be postponed anyway depending on road conditions.
The non-district game would likely not be made up due to a lack of matching open dates for the schools. Isler said he would like to reschedule a game, but wouldn’t want to put the Wildcats in a back-to-back where they’re tired for a district matchup.
— Compiled by Kevin Wilson