HOBBS — On Feb. 6, Jaye Crockett and the Clovis Wildcats exited Tasker Arena empty-handed, with an 84-62 loss. But Saturday, the senior and CHS left with a 54-49 victory and the District 4-5A Tournament crown.
Crockett led all scorers with 22 points, but none were more important than the eight points the Texas Tech commit posted during the final four minutes — part of a 13-7 to close out the Eagles for Clovis’ second-straight district championship.
The run came at the expense of losing senior forward Calbert. The senior was involved in an altercation with Hobbs guard Nick Gilmore and Brandon Marinovich with four minutes left that resulted in double technical fouls for Calbert and Marinovich.
The foul was Calbert’s fifth of the game and forced the 6-foot-5 forward to watch the remainder of the game from the bench.
After Eagle post Josh Sanders missed a three-point play opportunity, Calbert snagged the rebound and was forced out of bounds by Gilmore and Marinovich. The scuffle may have been what Clovis (19-9) needed to grab the victory.
“We’re a team and losing him got us fired up,” Crockett said. “We wanted to go out there and get the win.”
Hobbs got two desperation 3-pointers to keep the game close at the end, but looked rattled by the Wildcats’ man-to-man defense after playing most of the game in a 1-3-1 zone.
“I think our kids are playing with a lot of confidence and are real focused right now,” Clovis coach J.D. Isler said. “It’s a good time to be playing your best.
“I told (the team) that we were going to turn the corner and the last month we’ve really turned the corner.”
In a game that was tight throughout, Hobbs’ Daniel Salazar nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Eagles a 24-21 lead late in the second. After Juhreece Thompson blocked a Stefan Mills layup attempt, Salazar was able to beat the buzzer with a layup that gave Hobbs (21-6) the 26-21 lead at the break and the momentum.
It took Crockett all of 27 seconds to grab the momentum back in the second half, as he intercepted a Nick Glimmer pass and took the ball the distance with a windmill jam.
Hobbs was led by Shelby Reeves’ 15 points and Thompson’s 12.
The selection committee will meet in Albuquerque today at 1 p.m. Isler said Thursday he figures the Wildcats will end up somewhere between the fifth and seventh seed.