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Roswell’s basketball loss has coach fuming

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Roswell head coach Moses ‘Dude’ Burrola discusses a call with a referee Thursday night at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

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The Roswell High head basketball coach had some heated words after his team lost Thursday night.

“I’m not so mad it did that, but it screwed our kids and that’s ones that mattered. They worked their butt off. We didn’t get calls. It was lopsided all game, and we just didn’t get what we needed to there at the end, and, of course, it was officiating on that part as well.”

Moses “Dude” Burrola made those comments after his team (19-8) lost on a controversial ending against Lovington (14-14) in overtime 69-68 in the semifinals of the District 4-5A postseason tournament at the Coyote Den.

“We played okay. We played good enough to win. We had two shots there that we missed that were easy layups and we blew them. It seems every time we play, whether we’re home or away, it seems the referees are out to get us every time,” he added.

“You can quote that if you want to,” Burrola added. “It’s ridiculous, but again we score at the end whether it’s an official clock thing, whatever, that ball went in and that clock is part of the officiating crew. What they did at the end, it wasn’t right.”

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He continued, “I felt like our kids got screwed tonight. We had our chances at the end and we missed two layups. That pretty much cost us the game. It shouldn’t have ended the way it did.”

Lovington plays at Artesia Saturday at 6 p.m. in the title game.

Thursday’s game had everyone on the edge of their seats as the Wildcats led 18-16 at the end of the opening period.

Roswell was able to outscore the Wildcats 17-12 in the second period and had a 33-30 lead at halftime.

In the third period, the Wildcats had a 44-43 lead and, at the end of regulation, the score was tied at 59.

The extra frame mirrored regulation play as both sides kept it close.

With over a minute left to play, Roswell junior Tarren Burrola was fouled and made both of his shots, giving the Coyotes a 68-66 advantage.

As time was ticking down, Lovington senior Gage Sandoval sank a long-range shot to give the Wildcats a 69-68 lead.

With under 12-seconds left on the clock, Roswell sophomore Jasia Reese fouled Lovington junior Keshon Hillard. He missed the front end of the one-and-one.

Then, with time winding down, the Coyotes went for the game-winning shot, and, as the buzzer sounded, and that’s when the controversy started.

The officials discussed things among themselves. Then they discussed things with Burrola and Lovington’s Head Coach Ezau Rios.

The officials told the clock operator to put four-tenths of a second on the scoreboard. Roswell in-bounded the basketball, but there were no heroics.

Burrola was asked to describe what he saw with under four seconds left on the clock.

“I was watching the play. I didn’t see the clock,” he said. “I’m not responsible for looking at the clock at that point. We were trying to run a play. We executed, we got what we wanted. We missed, didn’t hear anything, didn’t hear a whistle. The kid goes back up and scores. Game over,” Burrola said.

“Again that officiating crew, it seemed that two of those guys were against us from the get go. It ended up costing us a game,” he added.

The Coyotes had five players score in double digits, as senior Logan Eaker had 15 points.

Lovington was led by senior Arturo Carrasco with 16 points.