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Goddard blows out Chaparral in win

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Goddard’s Dalin Stanford goes for a steal against NMMI earlier in the season. (Steve Notz Photo)

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The Goddard boys basketball team overcame adversity in a hostile environment. Playing their second game on the road, the Rockets overcame foul trouble in the first half. With five of their players with three fouls in the first half, Goddard played a clunky game in the first half as they had trouble establishing a rhythm on offense. The Rockets used their bench players to get them to the second half.

Coach Anthony Mestas (287-104) knows this time of the season is all about the process. Mestas has seen his teams lose games they should have won before, and isn’t fazed. Mestas has two Blue Trophies on his mantle as the coach of Hagerman, going 31-0 in 2011, and in 2014, going 26-4. He could have had another but lost to a Cliff team in 2013, and Hall of Fame Coach Pete Shock.

The Rockets (5-5) were led in scoring by Derek Carrica. Carrica scored inside the paint with an array of moves, as he was the leading team’s leading scorer with 20 points as they defeated the Chaparral Lobos, 70-50, Friday night.

“Carrica has really stepped it up for our team,” Mestas said, “along with Jonah Chavez.”

Chaparral gave Goddard fits as they employed a 1-2-2 trap to keep the game close, as Chaparral trailed 16-7 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Rockets received scoring from Tommy Madrid and Dalin Stanford as they took a 31-23 lead into halftime.

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Both teams scored 12 points in the third quarter, but in the fourth quarter, Goddard’s depth became too much for Chaparral as they wore them down and outscored them 27-15. One of the key differences in this game was the Rockets hit their free throws, going 6-of-7.

Goddard finally started pounding the ball inside to Stanford and Carrica, and they were able to back the smaller Lobos down to score easily. When Chaparral made the adjustments and started to bring in help down low, Madrid was able to hit the three ball as they pulled away.

Goddard lost on the road to Portales on Tuesday night as they could not close the game. In a game the Rockets should have won handily they allowed the Rams to get back into the game by going 5-of-18 from the free throw line to lose, 76-72.

“We gave the Portales game away,” Mestas said. “We’re 5-5 and we should be 6-4, but I’m happy with at least having a .500 record.”

Goddard has adopted the “road warrior mentality,” having to play their first 11 games of the season on the road. It should only make them stronger when they get to district play and to the playoffs. It also sets them up for when teams are tired in late February, and early March as they will play 10 out of their final 15 games at Ground Zero.

Stanford scored 16 points, and Madrid added 13 points against Chaparral.

“I like that our boys found a way to win and continue to work hard,” Mestas said, “without the solid guard play of Brandon Montanez because he has been hurt, allowing for others to step up.”

With finals coming this week the team will focus their efforts on their classes.

Goddard has found excellent play from guard Jonah Chavez. Chavez has been a spark to the team getting them into the right plays and being an overall leader on both ends of the court, running the team’s offensive and defensive sets.

“Chavez has been a huge help to our team,” Mestas said. “He brings so much hustle and determination.”

Goddard will travel to Los Lunas and play Valencia today, this will be a good matchup between Goddard’s guards and Valencia’s. The Jaguars will pressure Goddard and rotate guards in-and-out. Valencia has a losing record, 3-7.

Goddard will have their first home game during the Poe Corn Tournament when they play Bloomfield.

Roswell 68, Mayfield 62

Roswell went on the road to play Mayfield and got off to a sluggish start and trailed 5-14 in the first quarter. In the fourth quarter Roswell picked it up behind the scoring of Logan Eaker as they came back to defeat Mayfied, 68-62 in the closing minutes of a tightly contested game.

“We got off to a bad start,” said Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola, “but we were able to stick together despite a hostile enviroment.”

In the third quarter Roswell was able to chip away until they took the lead 48-47 at the end of the third quarter.

Taymon Burrola was huge in leading the charge, scoring 15 points and his brother Tarren Burrola hit three huge 3-pointers and crucial free throws down the stretch.

Jasia Reese had a big steal with 30 seconds left as he scored 13 points to put the Coyotes up by 4 points. Eaker sealed the game with free throws to win.

This win moves Roswell on a five game winning streak.

Roswell will play at noon tomorrow against Centennial.