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Clovis boys' streak ends at eight in Gallup Invitational

 

January 5, 2020



GALLUP — Clovis High’s boys couldn’t hold off Spring Valley’s 1-2 punch Friday night.

And just when James Webster and A’mari James needed some help, they got it.

The 6-foot-4 senior guards combined for 52 points as the Las Vegas, Nev.-based Grizzlies pulled away in the final period for a 70-56 win in the championship semifinals of the Gallup Invitational.

The Wildcats (9-4), who saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end, were slated to face Sandia Prep for third place on Saturday night. Spring Valley advanced to the finals against host Gallup, which edged Sandia Prep 61-60 in Friday’s late semifinal.

Webster finished with 30 points, including 12-of-20 from the foul line, while James added seven 3-pointers and 22 points for Spring Valley (9-4). Still, Kobe Moore, Michael Martin and Frank Bartley combined for 11 of their 18 points in the final period after the teams went into the stanza tied 45-45.

“We got in some foul trouble, but we did a good job through three quarters,” Cats coach Jaden Isler said. “Really, our turnovers were an issue. The other problem is we just put them at the (free throw) line too many times (19-of-31).”

Clovis led for much of the first half despite big men Mason Figueroa and Bryce Cabeldue having to sit with fouls. Each picked up two in the first quarter and another early in the second, while senior forward Ro Martin also missed much of the second period after injuring an ankle.

“That hurt us on the boards,” Isler said. “The game was actually a lot closer than the score.

Still, CHS carried a 34-28 lead into halftime, but the Cats managed only 11 points in each of the final two periods. They were within eight after a 3-pointer by guard Malik Phillips with about two minutes left, but the Grizzlies pulled away at the foul line.

Cabeldue led Clovis with 16 points, while Morgan and senior Ethan Gershon each tallied 11.

Clovis 68, Gilbert (Ariz.) Christian 39 (Thursday, quarterfinals) — The Cats extended their winning streak to eight with a dominant performance against the suburban Phoenix-based Knights.

Clovis led 18-11 at the quarter and steadily pulled away from Gilbert Christian throughout.

“We got off to a pretty good start,” Isler said. “We had a really good third quarter that pushed the lead over 30.

“The fourth quarter we pretty much sat out the starters. It was good to get them some rest and get our younger kids some time.”

Clovis’ points were spread out. Only Cabeldue and Morgan were able to reach double figures, and just barely with 10 points apiece, but nine other Cats contributed to the scoring column.

Senior forwards Tyson Heyn and Travis Lindsey led the Knights (6-6) with nine points apiece.

 
 

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