ALBUQUERQUE — Down 37-23 at halftime, the Clovis High Wildcats stormed from behind with a strong second-half push Friday night and outlasted Cibola 62-59 to stay unbeaten for the season at 4-0.
Senior post Logan Turnbow scored 18 points, freshman guard D.J. Blackmon had 17 points and senior guard Marcus Slocum added 15 for the Cats, who took the lead around the middle of the final period and nursed it home.
“We just really didn’t do anything right in the first half,” CHS coach J.D. Isler said. “We told them at halftime, ‘We’re not going to get it all back in one quarter. Let’s try to get it down to five points in the third quarter.’
“When we got within six points (after three periods), I knew we’d have a chance.”
Clovis began to change defenses after halftime, Isler said, and applied more pressure. The Cats pulled to 47-41 by the end of the third period.
Clovis went 12-for-26 from the free throw line, but hit 9-of-13 in the field period after going only 3-of-13 before that.
Isler noted his team also finished strong at the line in a win over Canyon High on Monday, going 10-for-12 in the final period.
“That type of game ought to give us some confidence,” said Isler, whose team hosts Canyon Randall at 7 p.m. Monday. “If we shoot our free throws better, we’re probably in a more comfortable position at the end.”
Senior James Gleason led the Cougars with 18 points.