Logan Turnbow is the only regular back from last year’s Clovis High boys basketball team. He hardly looks like the same player.
The 6-foot-8 Turnbow continued his impressive early-season play Monday night with a team-high 19 points and a dominant game on the boards as the Wildcats crushed Los Lunas 82-51 in the quarterfinals of the Southwest Dairy Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gym.
Clovis (5-3) faces El Paso Bowie (14-1), a 47-44 winner Monday over Abilene Cooper, in a 7:30 p.m. semifinal today.
Turnbow rarely if ever reached double figures last season, when he was no more than the third inside option for the Cats. Now he looks comfortable making moves around the basket and going up aggressively for rebounds.
“My role has changed quite a bit,” he said. “Last year, I played behind Jay (Crockett) and Arthur (Calbert).
“I anticipated coming back as the only true (returning) varsity player. And playing all the basketball I did this summer really helped me.”
The Cats quickly wiped out a 2-0 deficit with a 17-1 blast that carried through most of the first quarter. Midway through the second segment, it was 35-8 and Turnbow had already converted a pair of 3-point plays.
Senior Marcus Slocum added 18 points for the Cats, while five others finished between seven and nine points.
“You can’t key on anyone with this team,” Turnbow said. “We’ve started out really well the last couple of games, and that’s helped a lot.”
The Cats committed just four turnovers in building a 39-19 halftime lead. They also continued their recent improvement at the free throw line, going 9-for-13.
“I thought our intensity level was consistent tonight,” CHS coach J.D. Isler said. “We didn’t get a lead and then drop off.
“We’re a team that’s going to get better. I really think we’ll be playing well by February.”
Originally, the Cats were supposed to have opened against Rio Grande, but Isler said Los Lunas and St. Michael’s have matched up in the tournament each of the last couple of years it was decided to switch the Tigers and Ravens.
“What we try to do is not pair up (the same teams) year after year,” he said.
Los Lunas coach Albert Aragon, whose team faces Cooper in a 1:10 p.m. consolation semifinal today, said he didn’t find out about the switch until late and had hoped to face St. Mike’s, a team t beathat the Tigers in a close game earlier this season.
“They (Cats) were the aggressors tonight,” Aragon said. “We’re young. We have a lot of sophomore kids playing a lot of minutes. We’re still growing, and Clovis is pretty good.”
Guard Jonathan Cole led the Tigers with 22 points, including five 3-pointers.