It’s been one of those weeks for the Roswell Coyotes basketball team. On Tuesday at the Coyote Den, Roswell lost a 64-61 heartbreaker to Hobbs. Missed shots and free throws sunk them and put them in a hole starting out district play.
Coyotes’ coach Moses “Dude” Burrola had to figure out how to get his team ready for Carlsbad in a hurry. Then came the news that seven of his players would be suspended for disciplinary reasons for at least Friday night’s game.
“Dude” found a little magic and hustle in the youth from his junior varsity team as Dayton Gonzales scored five points, and rebounding machine sophomore Anthony Ortega scooped up 20 rebounds to go along with five points.
“Dayton was good,” RHS coach Burrola said. “He got injured in the Chaparral game, and he missed some games down the stretch and we needed him. He fell out of the rotation, but he got his chance again and he comes in and he’s solid with the ball. He sees things and makes passes we normally don’t see. He does a good job.”
Roswell (16-6, 1-1, District 4-5A) had the three-point shot working as they hit from three-point land to charge out to a 17-9 first-quarter lead. Junior guard Taymon Burrola played magnificently and did a little of this and that and controlled the game as he got help from tenacious Freddie Anaya en route to a 62-49 win at the Coyote Den Friday night.
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“I pulled our team in,” coach Burrola said, “earlier today during class and told them it’s next man up. It’s our program that does what we need to do. We moved some freshmen up to the junior varsity. We have to do what we have to do to win.”
With only nine players on the bench, “Dude” did a masterful job of encouraging his team and coaching them. He didn’t yell and he substituted just enough to keep his players fresh. Roswell took the three-point shot when it was there and “Dude” didn’t yell at his players if they missed and yet the Coyotes still kept taking the three-point shot to match Carlsbad every time they made a run to close the gap.
Anaya missed several three-pointers in the junior varsity game but came out smoking as he hit four three-pointers on the night. He led the team in scoring with a team-high 18 points, followed by Taymon Burrola’s 17 points. Burrola is starting to put the team on his back and carry them. Taymon Burrola has mastered between taking the ball to the cup and shooting the three-point shot on Friday night — he did both with equal aplomb.
“It’s one of the better games Taymon (Burrola) has played of late,” coach Burrola said. “Freddie had a heck of a game as well. He hit some threes and he’s a spark plug kind of kid. We got what we needed.”
Carlsbad challenged in the second quarter when they scored to make the score 23-21 in the Coyotes’ favor. On the next possession, Xavier Sosa hit a three to give the Coyotes a 26-21 lead and they would end up taking a 31-23 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Roswell’s defense was stifling, as they took away the Cavemen’s air space and closed on them, forcing them to shoot off-balanced and miss their three-point shots. Roswell was carried in the quarter by Taymon Burrola as he scored six points and Anaya hit a big three-point shot as the crowd rose to give the Coyotes a standing ovation for their effort and hustle.
“I was seeing if it was an open shot and just taking it,” Anaya said.
In the fourth quarter, Dayton Gonzales along with Taymon Burrola each scored five points. Anaya came up big again as he added six points. Roswell hit their free throws and Ortega continued to keep the ball alive and grab rebounds to give Roswell extra possessions to run the clock out with a 62-49 win.
“I’m so proud of my team,” coach Burrola said. “We need some guys to step up and play big, and they did. I was worried about rebounding, but Anthony (Ortega) stepped (up) and played a heck of a game. He did what he needed to do. He had some big boards and played solid tonight.”
Roswell will travel to Clovis at 7 p.m. Friday.
Carlsbad Cavegirls defeat Roswell
By Matthew Asher
CARLSBAD – The Carlsbad Cavegirls needed a big win to get over the upset loss against Clovis to start out district play. Three days after falling to Clovis, Carlsbad got back to its winning ways with a 42-17 victory over the Roswell Lady Coyotes in a game that was over by the first half.
How it happened
Carlsbad (18-4, 1-1 4-5A) struggled to make any shots against Clovis, but the Cavegirls had no problem starting off against Roswell (7-15, 0-2). The Cavegirls made their first four field goals and went 5-for-7 to build up a 12-0 lead in the first few minutes against Roswell.
The Cavegirls either equaled or scored more points in all four quarters, allowing Carlsbad to empty its bench and give its backups some court time.
In the first half, the Lady Coyotes were shut out of the first 15 minutes. Roswell’s first and only points in the first half came off a shot by Victoria Sandoval with 50 seconds left in the half. Carlsbad led, 26-2, heading into halftime.
They said it
“We didn’t shoot much better tonight than we did against Clovis,” said John Zumbrun, Carlsbad head coach, “but we came out on fire tonight. We were 1-of-18 from the three-point line in Clovis. I know you’re going to make shots and miss shots. When you go 1-for-18, it’s tough to win. We went back to fundamentals (for this game). We didn’t prepare (specifically) for Roswell, we just went back to the fundamental defense and held them to two points in the first half.
“I thought our defensive rebounding was outstanding in the first half. With our subs coming in, we were able to keep everything out on the perimeter. You’re not always going to hold a team to just two points in a half, but I was happy with our defense in that half,” Zumbrun said.
“The girls just need to believe in their shooting,” said Fernando Sanchez, Roswell’s head coach. “We made just one field goal in the first half. That’s hard because when that happens, you put a lot of stress on your defense. I thought our defense played well enough tonight. (Carlsbad) is a very good team and I’m comfortable with them getting 40 (points). I thought that was about our max to give to them. We got more aggressive (in the second half) but we’ve got to do that from the beginning of the game.”
Carlsbad was led by Allie Myers’ 18 points with Kaliyah Montoya adding nine. Teran Tiller and Patti Oliver each scored five points. Jaelee Bourque scored three and Jeri Lynn McDonald and Morgan Boatwright each scored two points.
Roswell was led by Victoria Sandoval’s seven points. Mireya Grajeda scored three. Makenzie Tarin, Janae Faust and Amariah Tuscano each scored two points and Jalen Baca scored one point for the Lady Coyotes.
Both teams will have a week off before their next game. Carlsbad travels to Hobbs to face the No. 1 Hobbs Lady Eagles while Roswell returns home to host its first district game against Clovis. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on Feb. 7.