Roswell boys basketball team got back in the win column after a sluggish start. The Coyotes trailed the Sundevils by as much as 20 points. Tired from a tough game against Cleveland, Roswell started sluggish when coach Moses “Dude” Burrola went to the bench and played some sophomores and they chipped away at the lead and was able to get the game to eight points by the end of the third quarter.
“Those players really sparked us,” “Dude” Burrola said. “They hustled and hit some big shots — it got us going. When the starters came back, they were able to find their rhythm and ended up taking the lead late in the game.”
Roswell defense got some stops and big baskets by Jasia Reese, Miguel Baray and Taymon Burrola gave the Coyotes a 94-87 come-from-behind win against Espanola Valley Saturday at the Cleveland Tourney.
“It was a tough tournament,” “Dude” Burrola said. “Those games that we played will make it tougher for us when we get to district play.”
Taymon Burrola led the team in scoring with 25 points, Reese added 22 points and Baray put in 18 points. Tarren Burrola had 10 points.
Tarren Burrola played well in the tournament making the all-tournament team. Roswell (6-2) will be home for a two-game homestand before entering the Poe Corn Tournament.
Roswell is at the Coyote Den at 7 p.m. to host Alamogordo Tuesday.
Onate 61, Goddard 55
Goddard coach Anthony Mestas has to be pleased that his team is playing good basketball and battled all the way. The one thing Mestas is going to have to find is players to add depth to the team to gain some minutes to get them to money time. Against Onate, two of Goddard’s players fouled out.
Goddard led 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, at halftime the Rockets led 28-25. By the end of the third quarter, they led 40-35. In the fourth quarter, foul trouble began to rob the team of their key players as they were outscored 26-15 in the final quarter as they lost 61-55 Saturday at the Joe Armijo Invitational.
“When Xavier (Garcia) and Jon (Carrillo) fouled out of the game,” Goddard coach Anthony Mestas said. “That really hurt us. Those games against Manzano and Onate are great preparation for us. Those two teams are no cupcakes and we hung with them and battled with them for four quarters.”
Goddard (4-3) will travel to Sundown for a 5:30 p.m. game on Monday.