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Rockets bounce back to defeat Moriarty

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The Goddard Rockets defeated the Moriarty Pintos, 51-39, on Friday night at the Ruidoso Mountain Madness Shootout. (Steve Notz File Photo)

RUIDOSO – The Goddard Rockets bounced back from a lopsided loss to Taos on Thursday to defeat the Moriarty Pintos, 51-39, Friday night at the Ruidoso Mountain Madness Shootout in the Ruidoso Warriors Gym. The Rockets, (8-7), played well enough to win this game, despite shooting just six of 18 from the foul line.

Where the Rockets performed better was on defense — they forced the Pintos into 18 turnovers. “I was proud of our effort on defense. We really bothered them (Pintos) with our zone and man-to-man trap game,” Rockets Coach Anthony Mestas emphasized. It was in the third quarter where the Pintos, (2-7), were forced into nine consecutive turnovers and Goddard took advantage of it.

The Rockets went on a 9 to 2-run and the Pintos fell behind, 42-28 — Goddard never looked back. Derek Carrica, who fell to the floor and suffered a minor head bump Thursday night against Taos, recovered to pump in 16 points Friday night, followed by Brandon Montanez’s 12 points. When Carrica went to the goal, the Pintos had no answer to stop him. It was the assists he dished out to his teammates that was a big factor in this game. Once Carrica got into the pain, and if he didn’t have the shot, he passed it up to a fellow Rocket who did.

The shootout ends with three games today. Warriors Coach Billy Page, who organized the round robin format, said the coaches were satisfied with the format. “Some of these teams had not played each other this season, so it was a pretty good showcase of some of the best teams in 4A,” he said.

Page added that there will not be awards for first-, second- or third-place teams, “just some good basketball.” But for sure, Taos is one of the better teams in 4A and could make a run to the title.

However, don’t dismiss the Rockets. Mestas is hopeful that his team can pick up one more win, maybe against Pojoaque, (5-9), this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. “Pojoaque is a pretty good ball team — they like to spread you out. What I want our players to do is talk and communicate with one another a little bit better.”

And after this game, the Rockets will receive a much-needed rest. Since the Christmas break began on Dec. 20, the Rockets have played eight consecutive games. After today, the Rockets won’t play again until Jan. 15 against crosstown rival Roswell High at Ground Zero.

Roswell Boys

Onate 75, Roswell 63

Roswell went on the road to play a tough Onate basketball team. The Coyotes were playing good basketball and up by seven points in the fourth quarter when their point guard Taymon Burrola was called for his fourth foul. There was a mix up in the scorer’s book that said he had five and fouled out.

Without his ball handling and leadership the game changed and the Coyotes lost their momentum as Onate regained the the lead and forced Roswell to foul at the end.

The job on the road doesn’t get any easier as they have less than 24 hours to get ready to face the No. 1 team in the state in Las Cruces.

“We are gonna have to play a lot better tomorrow,” Coyote coach Moses “Dude” Burrola said.

Tarren Burrola led the Coyotes with 18 points. Taymon Burrola added 15 points and Miguel Baray chipped in 14 points.

Roswell Girls

Deming 54, Roswell 47

Lady Coyotes’ forward Cheyenne Martinez takes a three-point shot from the corner during Friday night’s game against Deming at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

The Roswell girls basketball team gave all they had. It was enough to tie the game at 23-23 at halftime after being down by eight points in the first quarter. The Lady Coyotes could never get over the hump in the second half as they came within one point from taking the lead to end up losing 54-47, Friday night at the Coyote Den.

It was a hard game,” Deming coach Kimberly Garcia said. “We took them a little (Roswell) lightly. We found out today that we can’t do that.”

The Lady Coyotes, (2-8), put on a torrid fourth quarter where only two players scored as they went to an inside-out game as Makenzie Tarin and Cheyenne Martinez each scored seven points to close the lead to 42-41 with 4:35 to play in the game.

“At the end of the day,” Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez said, “I think our players are just trying to make a play. I think with some of the young kids, we have to try and teach them the difference between doing what their job is and when the right time to make a big play. It’s a work in progress.”

What has hurt Roswell this season is they have turned the ball over at the most inopportune times. They had ample chances to take the lead and would either throw the ball away or miss an open shot or free throw. Tarin was a force on the offensive boards and led the team in rebounds and had eight points.

“I just think we are playing a little careless right now,” Sanchez said. “I think we have to make those girls value those possessions a lot more. We have to find a better combination of girls to take care of the ball throughout the game. We are turning the ball over and giving teams way too many opportunities and it is biting us in the end. This is the eighth game in the season where we have either had a chance to win or take the lead, and we haven’t come out with a victory.”

Coach Sanchez is tired of saying his team is young — he wants them to play through being young and get better. He feels like he — along with the coaching staff — can get the turnovers solved pretty quickly. Roswell had some good looks and three points shots that just didn’t go in.

Roswell has to turn around and try to get better in a hurry as they must face Chaparral, (1-8), at the Coyote Den. This is a game where they will have to put this loss behind them, and use their press and quickness to get out to a big lead.

“Tomorrow we are going to have to lace them up again,” Sanchez said. “We are going to get after Chaparral and all we can do is try and get better and keep working on the things we are not doing well.”

Cheyenne Martinez was the leading scorer with 18 points.

Roswell plays Chaparral at 2:30 p.m. today at the Coyote Den.