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Roswell upsets Hobbs in Hobbs, 68-58


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By Tom A. Ruiz
Special to RDR Sports

HOBBS — The Roswell Coyotes and Hobbs Eagles entered Tuesday night’s district game seeking a signature win. Hobbs was 4-0 and Roswell was 5-1 — their only blemish was a 78-62 loss to 6A Cleveland on Saturday.

In this game, Roswell simply outplayed Hobbs in a 68-58 win at Ralph Tasker Arena.

In the history of this series, the contest is rarely won in the early moments of a game. It was on Tuesday night. The Eagles scored the first points of the game. Roswell then scored the next five points, including a 3-point play by Taymon Burrola, who finished as the game’s high scorer with 30. At that point Roswell (6-1, 1-0) led 5-2 and Hobbs (4-1, 0-1) would never see the lead again.

By the 1:54 mark of the first quarter, Roswell’s lead ballooned to 15-6. They basically took a page from the Eagles’ playbook.

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“It’s something we’ve been doing for a long time, we had a lot of seniors on the court, they understood what was before them. We took care of the ball, we were poised, and we came out on top,” said Roswell head coach Moses “Dude” Burrola.

To understand the magnitude and history of Tasker Arena — where legendary coach Ralph Tasker roamed the Hobbs sideline for 49 years — very few teams came into their house and pushed them around.

Well, the Coyotes did just that and even led by as many as 14 points at one point in the game.

In the third quarter, the Eagles attempted to summon the memory of ghosts from the past at Tasker Arena, trimming Roswell’s lead from 11 to 4 points, 40-36. But Roswell’s Taymon Burrola blistered the nets for 14 points in the third quarter.

“It’s crazy here, (Tasker Arena), to get a win here and understand how we won it, it’s big for our program,” said coach Moses “Dude” Burrola. “The old saying is, you want to steal one on the road and hope to win all the others at home, and we got a big one tonight in Hobbs.”

The Coyotes are at Carlsbad on Friday. “If we can steal that one we got the other district games at home and we’ll see what happens,” “Dude” Burrola said.

Burrola added that he was proud of his kids’ effort — it was a total team win. A case in point was the fourth quarter, when T.J. Fletcher, Alonzo Acosta, Talon Sanders, Freddie Anaya and Rhett Stokes, among other contributors, played lights out on both ends of the court.

Roswell girls lose to Hobbs at home

By J.T. Keith
Roswell Daily Record

Roswell’s Amariah Toscano (22) drives the ball up the court against Hobbs Tuesday night at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

The Lady Coyotes welcomed the No. 1 team in District 4-5A into the Den. They knew they would have to play flawlessly, especially at the beginning of the game.

To have any chance against the more athletic Lady Eagles, Roswell could not turn the ball over. For Roswell, it is hard to replicate the length, speed and athleticism Hobbs has.

What started out as a night of hope quickly gave way to frustration and despair, as Roswell turned the ball over 15 times in the first quarter. Roswell would only get two shots at the basket in the quarter and score two points, and trail 30-2.

That slow beginning was too much to overcome as Hobbs would win the game 57-18 Tuesday night.

“Man, they are really good,” Coyotes coach Fernando Sanchez said. “We weren’t very good tonight. I thought we came out a little timid. … It’s tough, everyone was talking about how good they are — and they are, but we had a horrible first quarter and it ends the game for you right there.”

Not only did Roswell have trouble breaking their press, but they had trouble on the glass. Hobbs’ Aniya Joseph and the athletic Wisdom Anthony kept the ball alive and scored on second-chance points.

The Lady Coyotes only allowed two players to score in double digits: Anthony had 15 points and Elise Turrubiates added 14. Roswell received scoring from Mireya Grajeda and Amanah Toscano. Each had five points to lead the way in scoring for Roswell.

“Our kids kept working,” Sanchez said. “We have to get better, it’s fun to see us out there when we have a freshman and four sophomores. We have four juniors out there putting in minutes. We like our team and we’re going to keep working to get better.”

Hobbs coach Joe Carpenter said that his Eagles were able to get off to a fast start in the first quarter. Carpenter also said all he tries to do is put his athletes in position to make plays and let them play.

“We were able to get comfortable early,” Carpenter said. “We turn teams over and give them fits. We have athletes and we let them play. We have two more games this week. We just hope we have enough legs on Friday and Saturday to do the things we can do.”

Roswell (2-1, 0-1 District 4-5A) will be at the Den to face Carlsbad at 7 p.m. Friday.

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