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Even without music, Roswell rocks

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Shawn Naranjo Photo Charlie’s Angels completed their dance routine without any music Saturday during their halftime performance and was greeted with a standing ovation.

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Shawn Naranjo Photo Roswell’s Tarren Burrola was on fire on Saturday from three-point land scoring 29 points in an 80-45 win over Chaparral at the Den.

It seems that at this time of the year, the Roswell High’s boys basketball team and Charlie’s Angels dance team bounce to the same beat, with or without music. It didn’t take long for Tarren Burrola to find his groove as he scored 17 of his 29 points in the first half while his team cruised to an 80-45 win over Chaparral Saturday at the Coyote Den.

“It wasn’t the prettiest win,” Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola said. “We were off for a full week and had a tough game against Los Lunas last week. I thought we came out a little sluggish — I felt we had a better second half than first half tonight. We did what we needed to do, we still won by 30 points.”

There was more drama with the Charlie’s Angels than in the game. As the Angels came out and started their dance routine to Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” 15 seconds into the routine the music stopped. Without missing a beat, the Angels continued to dance flawlessly with their coach, Kim Castro clapping and helping them keep time as the team made their jumps.

“These girls know the routine so well,” Castro said, “they could do it in their sleep if they had to. We had an incident a year ago when the music went off and everybody kind of panicked, including me. I made them clear the floor and we discussed it and we decided if that ever happens again, we are going to keep dancing, but we didn’t think it would happen.”

The girls were so inspiring as they made their twirls and jumps as if the music kept playing. It was as if they had practiced their routine so much, they could have done it blindfolded, which they did without music. If Saturday’s performance was any indication of their readiness to defend their national title: they’re ready. At the end of their performance, the Angels received a standing ovation from the crowd.

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“We practice a lot,” Castro said. “We practice being on a certain count — they know the dance so well that if I counted it or they counted it, they could finish the routine. The girls were on a roll and everybody was on the same page and they just went for it. They were so synchronized. I think it was entertaining for the people to watch Saturday.”

Burrola wasn’t the only Roswell player getting off to a fast start. Dominic Nava came out of his shooting slump and scored 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter. Nava added two 3-pointers and was able to put the ball on the floor and get to the free throw line as Roswell lead 23-12 at the end of the first quarter.

“I was hoping I could do my job today,” Tarren Burrola said. “My teammates did a good job of finding me. All it is, is a drive and kick. The three is a natural shot for me.”

Roswell, (12-4), shook up their lineup and started a couple of sophomores, in Rhett Stokes and Talon Sanders as both would score points. Both played good team basketball and defense. Coach Burrola is looking ahead to district play and wants to make sure that when his teams match up with Las Cruces and Cleveland or Volcano Vista, they have enough depth if they were to get into foul trouble. By halftime, the Coyotes led, 38-18.

“We talked about it the other day,” Burrola said. “Our sophomores are pretty solid, they are very unselfish, they play well. We’ve been sick and kind of fighting some of the stuff going around, so I decided to start them. They did good. Talon (Sanders) is a kid we’ve had for a long time, and Rhett (Stokes) is a good athlete and really smart at what he does, and he hit some shots. I’m not afraid to put them in.”

In the third quarter, it was more the same of Nava and Burrola as they would score six points and 12 points while they held the Lobos to 12 points in the third quarter stretching the lead to 67-30. In the fourth quarter, coach Burrola emptied his bench, but the three’s keep coming as Stokes hit two 3-pointers in a row and Sanders added a basket. Roswell point guard Taymon Burrola ran the show and set up his teammates for easy looks at the basket. Taymon Burrola would end up scoring 10 points in the game.

“It is a cross-town deal (Goddard), Burrola said. “We are not in the same class — it’s still a game and we are going to have to play it. Anytime you go to someone else’s gym, it’s going to be tough. That’s our goal — to get better on the road, we are going to have to make sure we’re ready and focused to play.”

Roswell will play Goddard at 7 p.m. at Ground Zero Tuesday.

 

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