The Goddard boys basketball team went on the road to Portales and had to hang on as the Rams started making their three-point shots at the end, but time ran out. The boys came out of the locker room and used suffocating defense and exploded to a 13-3 run to start the third quarter. In a game of runs, the boys had to hang on and make their free throws as they started district play, 1-0, by defeating Portales, 45-42.
“The 13-3 run was the key for us,” Mestas said. “We were trying to make sure Portales’ Kellan Hightower wasn’t getting his three-point shots. We made free throws at the end. If we would have made most of them, we would have won by a lot more, but I’ll take it. Winning on the road is huge — we matched last year’s total of wins on the road. Of the five years I’ve been here, this is the best we’ve had in a combination of guards and bigs playing together. Our whole focus is on Lovington, now. I have already reminded our team of the Colby (Vancleve) kid that beat us at home on a lost second put back because we did not block out.”
Brandon Montanez led the Rockets in scoring with 18 points and big man Derek Carrica added 10 points. Jon Carrillo put in eight points.
Goddard, (12-9, 1-0 4A), will be at Ground Zero against Lovington at 7 p.m. Friday.
Dexter 56, Tularosa 40
Dexter, (11-10, 1-0 3A), defeated Tularosa to open district play.
Portales 72, Goddard 43
Goddard, (12-8, 0-1 4A), will play Lovington at Ground Zero at 5:30 p.m. against Lovington on Friday night.