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There is a reason why Carlsbad boys’ basketball coach John Zumbrun has been a nemesis to Roswell girls’ basketball teams for years and now the boys’ basketball team.
Zumbrun, after 238 wins and 12 years of coaching the Cavegirls, used to give Roswell girls’ coach Joe Carpenter fits with his different styles of play. Now, Zumbrun has taken over the Cavemen this year and may have ruined Roswell’s boys’ basketball season.
Roswell came into the game confidently and wanting to win. The Cavemen came in needing to win the game to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Cavemen played with desperation and hunger from the opening tipoff. Carlsbad played as if their playoff lives depended on a win.
Carlsbad (7-3, 3-2 District 4-5A) was led by Damon Perez’s four 3’s and a team-high 22 points, Andrew Miller’s 13 points, and Tyler Gonzalez’s 10 points to escape with a 59-43 win and keep their playoff hopes alive at the Coyote Den Tuesday night.
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“We came ready to play,” Zumbrun said. “We had depth tonight. We dropped off, we started four sophomores and a freshman last time we played them. Tonight, we came off the bench with a sophomore and a freshman. The seniors added depth.”
In Roswell’s last matchup, the Coyotes were able to win 63-60. In that game, the Cavemen played without four seniors that were quarantined due to COVID-19.
Those seniors were back tonight, and it was their matchup zone defense that took Roswell out of the game right away. It was also Carlsbad’s length that bothered them as well.
“This was a do-or-die game for us,” Zumbrun said. “I don’t know if we can make the state tournament, but I knew if we lost this game that we wouldn’t have a chance. We still have a shot to get an at-large bid.”
Roswell seemed to have suffered a letdown and came out flat. It seemed tough for Roswell to get back up after an emotional 87-84 win against Hobbs on Friday.
Roswell (9-2, 4-1 District 4-5A) missed shots near the basket and was plagued by 30 turnovers in the game. Roswell was never in the game and seemed to be frustrated many times.
Roswell didn’t just miss baskets near the hoop, they missed three-point shots and mid-range jumpers. The Coyotes just missed. If that wasn’t enough, Roswell missed their free throws, which seemed to create a whole other set of problems for them. Roswell was not effective in their press as Carlsbad broke it easily and scored baskets at the cup.
“That’s the worst game we played,” Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola said. “We missed shots and didn’t handle the ball; had turnovers and we missed a ton of easy shots. We get the ball in the middle and we can’t convert or do anything.”
The Coyotes seemed out of sync all game and received their scoring from senior Taymon Burrola, who led all scorers with 27 points. No other Coyote scored in double figures. The good news for Roswell is they control their destiny. It’s simple: If Roswell wins, they’re in.
No matter what Carlsbad does on Friday, if Roswell wins against Clovis on Friday, they will be in the playoffs. If they don’t and Carlsbad wins, Carlsbad owns the tiebreaker by beating Roswell by more than three points (14).
Things will not be easy for Carlsbad, because they have to beat Hobbs for the second time this season. In an earlier matchup between the teams: Carlsbad beat Hobbs 58-51 in Hobbs.
“We just didn’t play good,” “Dude” Burrola said. “We have to win on Friday. It’s possible that we could not get in and all of the work that we have done won’t matter if we don’t win on Friday. I don’t want to rely on Hobbs to beat Carlsbad. It’s got to be us. We win, we’re in. If not, we’ll call it a season.”
Roswell travels to Clovis for a 7 p.m. tip Friday.
Lady Coyotes lose in Carlsbad, 56-21
By Matthew Asher
CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Cavegirls finished up the home portion of its schedule on Tuesday with a dominating performance against district foe Roswell in the penultimate regular-season game while the Lady Coyotes are still searching for their first district win of the season.
When these two teams met previously, Roswell kept the game close throughout with Carlsbad eking out a 33-30 victory. This time the Cavegirls made sure the game wouldn’t be decided with a last-minute score and ended up with a 56-21 win with Carlsbad forcing 20 turnovers to set up many easy shot attempts in a game that was decided early in the third quarter.
How it happened
Roswell (3-5, 0-5) was without several of its players due to COVID-19 quarantining and never looked comfortable. After Roswell took a 2-1 lead to start out the game, Carlsbad (7-3, 4-1) went on a 13-4 run to close out the quarter.
Carlsbad led 14-6 after the first quarter and continued to add to its lead in the second and third quarters, outscoring Roswell 27-7 to head into the final quarter with a 28-point lead.
Cavegirls head coach Matt Enloe said in the previous game against Roswell his team struggled with rebounding. This time the Cavegirls had no such issue, recording 33 total boards with 22 coming defensively and added seven blocks for good measure.
They said it
“We came out with a lot more energy than last time. Our shots were falling and they weren’t falling last time. I think we were 3-for-30 in our 3’s against Roswell last time. All season we’ve been teaching on pushing the ball because of the athletes on our team and I think we can still play faster. We’re just trying to improve every single day.”
— Matt Enloe, Carlsbad head coach
“We’ve got to play better and we’ve got to adjust better. We lost some kids to COVID regulations but our girls didn’t do a good job of adjusting to their new roles tonight. That falls on me for not prepping them better. Overall we’ve got to make some shots from time to time because if we can’t, it’s going to be real easy to beat us.”
— Fernando Sanchez, Roswell head coach
Allie Meyers led all scorers with 12 points and Kilea Estrada scored 10. Morgan Boatwright finished with eight points.
Kaitlyn Olguin led Roswell with six points. Amariah Toscano added four for the Lady Coyotes and Tori Sandoval scored three.
Carlsbad travels to Hobbs to face the No. 1 Lady Eagles on Friday while Roswell returns home to host Clovis on Friday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. and are the regular-season finales.
Goddard loses in physical game to Lovington
By Tom A. Ruiz
Special to RDR Sports
LOVINGTON – The Goddard Rockets and the Lovington Wildcats grappled on the Lovington court like two headline warriors at this year’s WrestleMania.
This was a physical game, especially in the second quarter. Both teams hustled for every loose ball, at times falling and diving on top of one another in an effort to gain possession of the ball.
However, in the end, it was Lovington that came away with a 71-60 win Tuesday night. Goddard (3-8, 2-2) and Lovington (4-6, 1-3) came into the game knowing they were not in contention for a playoff seeding.
“This game was more about us finishing the right way, with two games left, we want to end at 6-6,” said Lovington coach Casey Pack.
“We lost to Portales, Artesia and to Goddard by less than three points to each one of them. Had we won, we’d be sitting pretty today,” said Pack.
Anthony Mestas, head coach of the Rockets, said, “It was a hard-fought game tonight, but it always is when we play them, and that Sandoval kid, he’s an excellent player.”
Sandoval was more of an assassin. He tickled the nets for 20 points and every time the Wildcats needed a critical basket, he delivered.
The Rockets though were throwing the first haymakers in this game. The Wildcats, however, got off the mat and in the second period, outscored Goddard 19-8 to take a 32-24 lead into halftime. Midway through the third quarter, the Wildcats built a 40-29 lead. But the Rockets fought back, led by Noah Reese. Goddard went on a 9-3 run to get back into the game and trailed 43-38 heading into the fourth quarter.
“I was so proud of our kids, they never gave up,” said Mestas.
But then Goddard trailed by 12 points again, 50-40 with 6:25 to go in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats though were not going to let this game get away from them. They outscored Goddard 21-20 down the stretch and avenged an earlier district loss to the Rockets at Ground Zero.
After the game, both coaches reflected on this COVID-19 season, a season like no other. “Man, we just got to play, mask or no mask, fans or no fans, I thank the state of New Mexico for allowing our kids the opportunity,” said Pack.
Mestas reflected on his thoughts. “This COVID thing (COVID-19) hampered us at times this season, but we were not going to allow it to hurt us.
But in the end, this game of basketball, it’s about passion, the competition, it’s about the love of the game.”