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Artesia flies like an Eagle in 83-78 win over Hobbs

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ARTESIA  – Despite getting outscored in the second half, the Artesia Bulldogs (4-2) held off the Hobbs Eagles (5-5) for an 83-78 win at the Bulldog Pit Thursday night.

For the Bulldogs, it was their first home game since the City of Champions of Classic that was held earlier this month and for Artesia, it will be the last game in the friendly confines of the Bulldog Pit until Jan. 9.

Things were looking good for Artesia in the opening period as Hobbs didn’t score their first basket of the game until the 4:30 mark. The Eagles were able to get some more points, but the Bulldogs had a 25-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Sophomore guard Clay Houghtaling scored all 10 of his points in the opening frame.

In the second period, the Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 24-18. The Bulldogs were close to perfect from the foul line(7-8). Senior Tyler Greenwood was 4-4 from the charity stripe and he also sank a three-pointer as well.

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In the third period, it looked like the Eagles would get the upper hand outscoring the home team 6-0 with 6:30 showing on the clock. The Bulldogs didn’t get their first bucket of the second half until the 5:44 mark in the third stanza. Hobbs outscored Artesia 20-12.

In the closing stages of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs were able to stay a few steps ahead of the Eagles.

With under two minutes left in the game, Artesia got some key free shots by junior Cody Smith and junior Luke Nelson. Senior Joe Willingham also sank a key basket from the floor. Willingham was Artesia’s leading scorer with 17 points and Smith had 12.

Hobbs was not going to go down quietly as senior Clay Strasner hit two three-pointers and then was fouled with under a minute left by junior Anthony Armendariz. Strasner was able to connect from the foul line. He was Hobbs’ leading scorer with 22 points.

Before Artesia could put the game on ice, the Eagles fouled senior Chaney Hardt and Nelson. Both made some clutch free shots.

Artesia had to wait as Eagle senior Alec Finney was fouled by Armendariz while attempting a shot from downtown with under ten seconds left in the contest. He sank all three of his foul shots, but it was too late as Artesia was able to fly past Hobbs.

The Bulldogs won’t be able to enjoy the victory for very long as they travel to Carlsbad tonight for a 7 p.m. contest. The Artesia Lady Dogs play the Cavegirls at 5:30 p.m. also in Carlsbad.

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