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Clovis size is too much for Roswell

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Roswell’s coach, Moses “Dude” Burrola knew it would be a tough ask for his shorthanded team to duplicate their efforts against Clovis, as they had against Carlsbad a week ago. His boys played with everything they had, but could not overcome the veteran ball club of the Clovis Wildcats, nor could they overcome the size advantages as they came up short against Clovis, 61-49, Friday night at the Rock.

“Our defense was good enough to win,” Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola stated. “They beat us on the boards, and we gave up too many defensive rebounds. We had chances throughout the game, but couldn’t keep them (Clovis) off the glass.”

Roswell played this game as well as last Friday’s game without seven key members of the basketball team. They will invade hostile Ralph Taker Gym on Tuesday with the same seven players serving the last of a three-game suspension for disciplinary reasons.

The Coyotes (16-6 1-2 District 4-5A) played well and were led in scoring by Taymon Burrola, as he had a team-high 25 points. Cristian de la O played solid and scored eight points with Xavier Sosa and Dayton Gonzales each putting in four points.

“I’m really proud of my guys,” “Dude” said. “We didn’t shoot the ball extremely well and could have handled the ball better, but in a hostile environment and to have a chance to win, it shows the character of these young men to not quit and to play with all they have.”

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Coach Burrola feels like his team will have to rebound well, and handle Hobbs’ pressure if they are to have a chance to win. Burrola hopes the younger players will continue to take steps forward and not be bothered by tradition of Tasker Gym.

“One of the keys,” Burrola said, “is not to let Hobbs make runs, with us being shorthanded. It’s a great experience and our kids have to accept that challenge and hopefully walk out of there with a win.”

Roswell tips off at Hobbs at 7 p.m. Tuesday.