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Roswell falls to Centennial in overtime

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Roswell’s Jasia Reese steals the ball against Hobbs at home earlier in the year. (David Rocha Photo)

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All season long, teams have waited for Roswell’s basketball team to have a slow start and an off night. The Centennial Hawks passed along the holiday blahs to the Coyotes by defeating them in overtime 50-48 Saturday in Las Cruces.

“It was the worst game we played in a long time,” Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola said. “We missed a ton of shots.”

What hampered the quick scoring attack was the Coyotes had foul trouble throughout the game, with Tarren “Broil” Burrola and Logan “Eraser” Eaker both fouling out in the fourth quarter. Burrola had an off night, going 1-of-10 from the three-point line.

Instead of pressing the Coyotes, the 6A Hawks played zone defense and forced them to knock down their outside shots. Roswell had open looks and just missed. The one constant that will keep the Coyotes in a lot of games when their fast break is not working, or their outside shot is not falling is their defense.

“I’m not sure if it was the back-to-back games,” coach Burrola said. “Or just a bad game, but it was definitely a setback from the previous games we have played these past two weeks. We can’t afford to play like that again.”

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Coach Burrola seems concerned with having to travel to Alamogordo on Tuesday, and then face the No.1 ranked Las Cruces on Saturday.

“We are better than we played today.” Burrola said, “we just didn’t get it done.

Taymon “Bake” Burrola led the Coyotes with 11 points and Eaker chipped in with 10 points.

Roswell (7-3) heads to Alamogordo for a 7 p.m. tip Tuesday.

Loving 61, Hagerman 55

Hagerman pulled it together and made a run at Loving. After playing games on back to back nights, it caught up with them in overtime as they fell to Loving, 61-55, Saturday.

“I think we were tired because of the two games against Eunice and Dexter,” Hagerman basketball coach Andrew Rodriguez said. “We didn’t have legs and finally we woke up in the fourth quarter to force overtime, and then we ran out of gas.”

Loving held Osbald Najera of Hagerman in check for the game. Najar scored eight points.

Gateway Christian 60, Mescalero 20

Gateway overpowered the Mescalero Chiefs to win the Chiefs tournament, 60-20.  Gateway Christian’s Jayden Stephens was tournament MVP. All-Tournament Team for the Warriors was Joe Waide and Alonzo Grajeda.

Girls

Centennial 50, Roswell 47

Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez, has to be asking the “basketball gods” what do we have to do to get a win? Once the Lady Coyotes breakthrough and get their first win, an avalanche of wins will follow.

With seven seconds in the game, Roswell missed a free throw that could have sealed the game. Somehow a foul was called on the Lady Coyotes, and the Lady Hawks hit three free throws to force the game into overtime.

“Disappointed that we didn’t get the win,” Sanchez said. “We have to find a way to win these games. We are playing better, but we have to take another step forward.

On the bright side, senior Kaitlyn Holl is putting the ball in the basket as she scored 23 points.

Roswell (2-7) will travel to Alamogordo and play 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Goddard 43, Santa Teresa 24

Goddard is weary after playing nine road games in a row. The Lady Rockets defeated Santa Teresa 43-24. Santa Teresa cut Goddard’s lead to three points in the third quarter, before The Lady Rockets went on a 19-3 run to finish the game out.

‘Our kids showed a lot of resiliency on the road,” Goddard coach Jared Neighbors said. “I’m really proud of the girls and how hard they are playing.”

Goddard (7-5) on Friday night pasted Gadsden 61-29, in this game coach Neighbors had a chance to empty his bench and let all 11 players see playing time.

Alamo Navajo 47, Gateway Christian 23

Alamo Navajo put together a strong third quarter as they scored 18 points and held the Lady Warriors to be four-points en route to a 47-23 victory.

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