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Sports Editor’s notes with quotes from coach Burrola

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Roswell has a superstar and four-star players that work well together. It’s almost like the Chicago Bulls when they had Michael Jordan and his crew when they were winning championships. Taymon Burrola seems to pick his spots as he did against Hobbs. He gives the Coyotes whatever they need. Taymon Burrola was content to get his teammates going and let the game come to him as he did Friday night.

On a night when the No. 1 team in the state, Cleveland Storm lost, this was a must-win for Roswell. With two games to go and a two-game lead in the district, Roswell has to continue to win. By winning, it will ensure them a home playoff game and maybe another. Roswell came into the game as the No. 5 team and should move up into the top four spots.

Keys to the game are the maturation of Taymon Burrola. He is picking his spots and giving his team whatever they need. As he goes, so do the Coyotes. Four years of basketball are coming out in his senior year. He is having a senior year for the ages. The only sad part of this basketball campaign is it’s too short of a season.

Roswell has the look of a special team that keeps finding a way to win as they did Friday night. From Rhett Stokes hitting the 3s and key free throws when needed to the tough jack-of-all-trades Acosta that does this and that well. He’s been a demon on both sides of the glass. His offensive game is getting better and is able to score around the rim.

Fletcher is a force on the boards as well with his quick jumping ability. He can score when he needs to and handle the ball.

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The team has defensive-minded guards in Freddie Anaya and Talon Sanders. Both are able to get to the cup and get a shot off anytime they want, or to pass to an open teammate for an easy basket.

“That’s seniors for you,” “Dude” Burrola said. “That’s seniors that have been around and played a lot of minutes for us. They’ve been around. Hobbs is a good team, and I knew it was going to be that way. It was a big win for us, and we did what we need to get the win.”

“Dude” Burrola is continuing to evolve as a coach. He should elicit votes for District 4-5A Coach of the Year. A key moment of the game for him was that he masterfully played 13 players.

That move bought him time and showed belief in his bench. By doing that, it helped the team be fresher for the stretch run in the fourth quarter and in overtime. “Dude” is getting better as a coach; he may still yell at his players to motivate them. But now he can be seen with his arm around his players’ waist talking to them, teaching them when he takes them out of the game.

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