Now that’s how you do it. If you’re going to have any kind of Parents Night, Family Night or Senior Night as a basketball program and send your team off with a good feeling and great memories, then go to Webster’s Dictionary and you’ll see a photo of the Roswell’s boys basketball team.
The Warriors could not execute the simplest of plays or get the ball inbounds, or make a shot as the Coyotes took a 17-0 lead with 4:36 left to play in the first quarter before they finally scored. Santa Teresa would score four points in the quarter to trail 34-4. Roswell continued to keep their foot on the gas pedal as they cruised to an 89-34 win at the Coyote Den Friday night.
“We came out to play,” Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola said. “We have to play no matter who it is. I can’t take anything away from Santa T, but we shot the ball pretty good. We got after them and the pressure got to them and we just played. We wanted to recognize all the parents tonight on Parents’ Night for letting their kids play with us because they trust their kids with us. It’s a family program we developed and we want to recognize them for letting their kids play for us. We want to recognize them.”
It seemed like coach Burrola just rolled the ball out and told his team to go get them and just stood on the sidelines with his hands in his pockets and watched his team score, and score and score until it was 55-16 at halftime.
During a timeout, Warriors player Joshua Melendez was so frustrated that he got into an argument with his coach, Whelton Richardson over being embarrassed by the Coyotes in the second quarter. When Warriors coach told the team during that same timeout that Roswell was not that good and they were making them look better than they were.
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Warriors’ coach Richardson told his team they acted liked they (Santa Teresa) had never seen a press before. With that, he changed their defense to a 1-2-1 and wanted them to trap more. Richardson should not have done that because it just made the game all the easier for Roswell.
In this game, coach Burrola worked on some different things offensively for when they play different teams and they run different presses on them or change defenses. He also played every player on his bench that was in uniform. Roswell guard Rhett Stokes is starting to get comfortable playing basketball and shooting the three as he hit another three-pointer in consecutive games. Stokes hit one against Goddard on Tuesday night.
“He’s going to be pretty good,” Burrola said. “He shoots the ball really well. Again, his basketball IQ with that sophomore group is unreal. Just the way they move the ball, they are very smooth and very good last year, they got to the Border Conference championship last year. They ended up losing, but we had Taymon ( Burrola) up with us last year on varsity. That group is going to be pretty good and hard to handle.”
Roswell, (14-4), will look to get sophomore guard Talon Sanders back on Monday. Sanders adds quickness and defense to their press and is able to set his teammates up for their shots. One of the surprises on the evening was the athleticism and scoring of sophomore Alonzo Acosta who scored eight points and was able to grab some offensive boards and take the ball coast-to-coast.
As soon as the whistle blew for the start of the third quarter, the clock began running, which was the most humane thing to do for Santa Teresa. Clearly being down 39 points, the Warriors had no shot of winning the game and if they had not run the clock, Roswell would have scored over 100 points on them, even with their junior varsity players in the game.
“My guys have been struggling all year,” Richardson stated. “We didn’t come to play today, we can’t take anything away from Roswell. They are young and tough and they get after it. But we didn’t do what we needed to today.”
Tarren Burrola led all scorers with 27 points, senior Nate Dutchover added 20 points. Dominic Nava has continually improved his offensive game as the season has gone along and added 14 points in a variety of ways. Taymon Burrola and Acosta each had eight points. Miguel Baray scored six points and Stokes had three points. Juan Ybarra put in two points and Cristian De la O had one point.
Roswell will be on the road this upcoming week when they face Artesia and Portales.
Roswell will travel to Artesia for a 7 p.m. tip against Artesia on Tuesday.