If you’re a Roswell Coyote basketball fan, then your allowed to be frustrated enough to want to hit something. Anyone who was at the game last night wanted to go the nearest gym and hit the punching bag until all the steam has gone out of your body. No matter how much anger is expended on the heavy bag; it won’t make you feel better only tired. Now imagine how first-year Coyote basketball coach Moses “Dude” Burrola feels.
Burrola could do nothing but yell, and call timeout as the Coyotes had trouble getting the ball inbounds and with a 13-point lead with 4:56 left to play in the game, it seems like Roswell forgot how to play basketball. Holding a 73-59 lead the Coyotes could only score nine points as the Hobbs Eagles scored a barrage of points to win, 97-88 in overtime Saturday night at the Coyote Den.
‘We put ourselves in a position to win,” Burrola said. “We just didn’t get it done. When you have a five-point lead late in the game with everything going your way. I don’t know what you’d call it. You could call it choke, or inexperience. I mean all we have to do is get the ball inbounds and find our best free-throw shooter, we just failed to do that.”
With 4:56 left to play in the game, the Eagles pressed and forced the Coyotes to throw away the ball numerous times. Often a frustrated Roswell player would not see the ball coming at him in time to react. Hobbs’ press forced the Coyotes to play at a much faster tempo than they normally play. Some of their jump shots were often rushed and instead of pulling the ball back at to set it up again, they would fire up contested shots or just miss.
“We talked about it yesterday,” Burrola said. “We knew that they were going to come after you and press you the whole game. We can’t dribble the ball with our head down. When we did that we got shots. We made things happen and had a comfortable lead the whole game. We just blew up. We have to learn from that and not let that happen again.”
What hurt the Coyotes was that their floor leader Jasia Reese fouled out with 1:04 left in the game. Hobbs’ Clay Stasner had a quiet 24 points as he neutralized Eakers on the board and scooped up the hustle plays. Reese fouled out going after a loose ball that he picked up sending him to the line. Stasner hit both free throws to give the Eagles a 74-73 lead.
Coyote’s Tarren Burrola put on a 3-point shooting display hitting a 3-pointer from the right wing in front of the Coyote bench at the 2:07 mark to give them a 76-74 lead. After a steal off a miss shot Tarren Burrola went to the left wing from deep in the left corner and nailed another 3-pointer to give Roswell a 79-74 lead with 1:46 left in the game. Tarren Burrola found himself with the ball again at the top of the key and hit another 3-pointer with 1:17 left giving them an 82-74 lead.
Hobbs kept pressing as the Roswell would turn the ball over four consecutive times to and ended up tying the score at 82-82 and forcing overtime.
Stasner was a thorn in the Coyotes side as he scored 10 of the Eagles’ points in overtime. Roswell scored a 3-point shot by Nava with 1:08 to play in overtime, too little too late.
“We have to learn how to handle the press,” Burrola said. “We are going to see them next week at the Bobby Rodriguez Capital City Tournament in Santa Fe. It’s good for us, and we’ll see if we can handle the pressure better. Like the Onate game, they pulled out a box-in-one. We’re young, and we are going to have to learn to adjust on the fly.”
Coyotes leading scores are Tarren Burrola had 28 points, Logan Eaker added 19, Jasia Reese chipped in with 14 and Dominic Nava put in 10, with Taymon Burrola contributed six points.
Roswell will play in the Bobby Rodriguez Capital City Tournament at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.