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Burrola and Roswell wins with class, 91-59

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Roswell’s Juan Ybarra (32) pushes the ball down the court against a Goddard defender Thursday night at Ground Zero. (Steve Notz Photo)

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Goddard knows the score could have been worse than what it ended up being. Respect between two old foes has come grudgingly after five years of competing for wins and respect. Roswell’s Moses “Dude” Burrola showed respect and mercy toward crosstown rival and Goddard coach Anthony Mestas.

Goddard’s Noah Reese (22) prepares to drive against a Roswell defender. (Steve Notz Photo)

Roswell was running, gunning and pressing the Rockets into submission as it got ugly quick. Roswell jumped out to a 21-8 first-quarter lead and the game was never in doubt, as Roswell’s Dominic Nava scored 26 points, with Jasia Reese adding 11 points and Taymon Burrola chipped in with 10 points for Roswell’s win, 91-59, Thursday night at Ground Zero.

“We are doing the best we can,” Goddard coach Anthony Mestas said. “I was proud of the boys, we could have laid down and got beat by 50 points, but we showed fight.”

Maybe Burrola was so merciful because it’s the holiday season, and maybe it was because less than a week ago, all he could do was sit there on the bench with his arms folded and say nothing, or do nothing. Roswell would be routed by the No. 1 team in the state, Cleveland, 90-41.

Burrola and Roswell know what it’s like to have no answers to a team. For Goddard, it looks to be a rebuilding season. Any hopes for a title shot at district this season for the Rockets took a hit on the football at Lovington when Hunter Beene was injured.

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If Goddard (1-7) had any hope of having an inside presence this season, they were quickly extinguished when they lost big man, Ryan Terry for the season. That loss has altered the way Mestas has had to play this season.

“I have to give it to coach Burrola,” Mestas said. “He took his press off. He competed with class, he really did. In the past, when I first started here, they were pressing us with their starters in. Coach Burrola showed some class tonight by subbing everyone in and letting them get a chance to play.”

The only player with extended varsity experience is guard, Brandon Montanez. He has provided leadership and scoring. Montanez has received help in the athletic sophomore Noah “Young Money” Reese, who had 17 points to lead Goddard in scoring.

For Goddard this season, it’s going to be tight. For Goddard to be competitive, they are going to have to limit the turnovers and rebound and limit second-chance opportunities. They are going to have to take care of the basketball when they have it and convert playing inside out. Finally, on Goddard they are going to hope they have no more injuries.

Both Jared and Jeremy Hicks did some nice things on the court and seem like they are getting in the groove of finding their shot. The big man Anthony Panto looked to score and could become a force inside if he will look for his shot more. Austin Ramey has the three-point range and could be an effective scorer if he will let it fly when open. For Goddard, it could be a rebuild, but there is nothing to say, they cannot rebuild on the fly and have a lot of fun and win some games. The time for them to be playing their best basketball is not now but come late February, early March.

It could have been worse for Goddard, if Roswell’s coach Moses “Dude” Burrola wanted to hang 100 points on Goddard, he could have. But he didn’t with 6:49 in the fourth quarter, he yelled “hey,” shaking his head and told his team to quit pressing and they did.

Roswell has played a lot of games but look for them to be in the thick of things come district. This team doesn’t have a Logan Eaker, but Roswell is deeper and more athletic than at any time Burrola has been the coach. The Coyotes will be able to compete athletically with any team they match up with.

The only problem for Roswell will be if they can stay focused and pay attention to detail. If they come ready to play every game, they will have a chance to win. This season this is all they can ask for. If a player is off, Burrola can go to the bench and replace them with more speed and maybe more scoring.

Roswell is sharing the ball this year, making the extra pass. Their press is starting to take effect and make a difference in their game. If Roswell is pressing and forcing teams to turn the ball over, that’s a good thing.

Roswell (7-3) cannot afford to miss foul shots or get technical fouls called on them. This year the difference-maker for them early on has been Nava. He just seems to have the “It” factor. He is fearless on the court and has so much confidence in himself that he wills things to happen.

Reese is starting to get into basketball shape and Taymon Burrola is picking his spots when to pass and when to score. He cannot get in foul trouble and it seems like when he gets tired or loses focus, Roswell has about five players able to create their own shots.

The most improved player might be Cristian De la O. He has the uncanny ability to get into the lane and shoot his floater over an opponent, and he can hit the three-pointer. His real value is on the defensive end of the floor, he has the best hands for making steals.

“We played a pretty decent game,” Burrola said. “We’ve been on the road nine games in a row. We played well, the bench played a lot of minutes for us. Our first five are clicking right now. We have to get ready to play 5A teams. We have to respond to the top teams. We have to worry about our district. Our guys want Cleveland again.”

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.