Study, and be studied.
That’s what the Clovis Wildcats have been doing with their idle week, as they look toward Hobbs and as many as four games that follow in the state tournament.
Clovis coach J.D. Isler knows the Wildcats’ 23-2 record gives them a great chance at the No. 1 seed in the Class 5A state tournament. But Class 5A’s best record also means everybody knows you, and they’ll be ready.
“All of our games are (archived) on the Internet, so we’re probably scouted pretty thoroughly,” Clovis coach J.D. Isler said.
The Wildcats have won their last District 4-5A games handily, including an 80-51 rout of Hobbs last Friday — though Clovis’ bench helped push that score up with a 15-5 run to close things out.
Clovis senior Craig Cook is banking on a different Eagles squad showing up.
“We know Hobbs is going to bring more stuff to the game,” Cook said. “They’re going to come with something different. We can’t come out flat.”
The Eagles (12-15), who defeated Carlsbad 83-56 Thursday, are one of six teams in Class 5A (out of 21 total) with a losing record. But they guaranteed themselves one of the 16 seeds by reaching the 4-5A title game.
Efforts to contact Hobbs coach Russ Gilmore were unsuccessful.
Clovis has just two losses — to Onate (21-4) and Cleveland (17-10). If seeding goes by record, Clovis should have an advantage.
“We would hope so,” Isler said. “We’re really shocked that we beat Carlsbad by 49 and 27 and Hobbs by 29, and in the (New Mexico High School Coaches Association) poll, we dropped to second. Onate moved ahead of us. I think they would really have a hard time not giving us the No. 1 seed if we win.”
Clovis was seeded No. 1 in 2008, with a 26-1 record, and finished as the state runnerup.