Teams already know — or so they think. After years of dealing with the press and Roswell’s big man Logan “Eraser” Eaker, when they look at the schedule and see that they have Roswell on it during preseason camp, they figure they have something for the Coyotes this year. Teams think they don’t have the “Eraser” back there to alter shots and once they break the press, they will have an easy two points.
It seems that way until they step on the court, that’s when Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola unleashes his attack team. This team is deeper than they were a year ago, and they come at teams in waves, like the tide rushing onto the shore.
Alamogordo found out Tuesday night at the Coyote Den when they were stormed off the court and took a beating from Roswell, 84-40. In one stretch All-Stater Tarren Burrola looked like he was taking three-point shot practice as he stood in the corner and hit three three-pointers in a row in a span of one minute, to lead his team with a game-high 23 points.
“They are just a little bit more experienced than we are,” Tigers’ coach James Voight said. “We’re just a young group trying to figure it out. We have 10 sophomores on varsity that have no varsity experience. They killed us with dribble drives in the paint and kick out shots. What really hurt us — not keeping their players in front of us.”
Roswell turned up the pressure and forced the Tigers to throw the ball away and get frustrated. Dominic Nava came off the bench and picked up the tempo with his partner in crime Jasia Reese as they scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Both players made their presence felt on the defensive end of the floor as they jumped passing lanes and soared to the basket.
“Our main thing is we have to stay focused,” “Dude” Burrola said. “We can’t worry about how we play, or who we play. We have to step up our game. Being in the upper class, we have to play the Rio Rancho’s, Cleveland’s and Eldorado’s we have to play at the level every night and that was our focus tonight. It is going to have to be that way every night because every night it’s going to be rough.”
The Coyotes received an all-around excellent game from the understate Cristian de la O. He had to sit the bench after picking up two fouls early. No problem as starting point guard Taymon Burrola penetrated the lane to hand out assists. He also was able to light up the Tigers from inside and outside for 16 points.
Roswell was a mismatch problem from the outset as they used quick jumping Miguel Baray in the middle as a defensive intimidator. Baray altered shots in the lane and cleaned up the rebounds. Baray has a game where he can take his man off the dribble or stay outside and hit the three, with the speed to fill the lane on the fast break. The game was over with at intermission as Roswell led, 47-22.
“When I first came down here,” Baray said, “I was running with Roswell and I was exhausted. Up in Rio Rancho, we didn’t press a lot. Down here I learned how to run, they had me doing speed week. They taught me how to jump stop. I’ve learned a lot by being up here.”
Roswell (7-2) will face rival Goddard at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Coyote Den. The game was originally scheduled for Friday but has been changed.
Goddard 54, Sundown 35
On Monday, the Goddard Rockets were road warriors again as they traveled to Sundown. Goddard opened the game up with a big second quarter, outscoring Sundown, 15-4. Goddard had balanced scoring as the athletic Xavier Garcia led the way with 18 points, guard Brandon Montanez came back with another strong scoring night with 13 points. Rockets’ guard Jon Carrillo chipped in with 12 points.
“The boys played hard tonight,” Goddard coach Anthony Mestas said. “We had four games in five days. We are road warriors. We moved the ball well tonight finding the open man. Boys had finals today and tomorrow, we are giving them a day off and will be back at it Wednesday. Xavier (Garcia) had a great game. Jon (Carrillo) rebounded the ball well. Brandon (Montanez) has been playing better and making his free throws. Each game we are getting better as a team.”
Goddard (5-3) plays Roswell 7 p.m. Thursday at the Coyote Den.