CARLSBAD — The toughest half of the District 4-5A regular season is done for Clovis, and all indications are the Wildcats will be OK for the next half.
Clovis rolled Saturday, taking a 46-14 lead at the half en route to a 70-28 victory at Carlsbad for its sixth win in a row.
Lathan Lieb scored 20 to lead three Wildcats in double figures.
Clovis (21-2, 2-0) is now at home for its last two district contests — a Tuesday rematch with Carlsbad and Friday’s game against Hobbs.
There’s optimism, Clovis coach J.D. Isler said, but it’s cautious.
“We understand at this time of year that every game is even more important,” Isler said. “Onate got beat tonight, Cleveland got beat again, and La Cueva and Eldorado have gotten beat this week.
“We know you can get beat, and we don’t want that to happen to us.”
Craig Cook had 15 points and D.J. Blackmon 13 for Clovis.
Nobody reached double figures for Carlsbad (8-19, 0-3), which has already lost to Hobbs twice and is locked into third place. Kris Franco and Sammy Porras scored six point each for the Cavemen.
“We played pretty sharp early in our press, caused a lot of turnovers early,” Isler said. “It kind of snowballed from there. It was good to get going.
“We really tried to stay with what we were doing (in the second half) to get into a rhythm for next week and we went to our reserves. We had five sophomores on the floor for a few minutes.”
If the Wildcats beat Hobbs Friday, they will host the Feb. 26 district championship game. Clovis defeated Hobbs last week on the road 80-71.