Cibola (6-4) at Clovis (7-4)
Radio: KCLV-AM 1240, KICA-FM 98.3.
How they got here: Both teams are coming off wins against Los Lunas, albeit 11 days apart. The Cougars defeated the Tigers 63-58 on Dec. 20, while Clovis beat Los Lunas 70-67 in overtime in Wednesday’s third-place game of the Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic. The Cougars have won two straight, while the Wildcats have won four of their last five. Clovis coach J.D. Isler said the tournament was good even though the Wildcats settled for third place. “You want to be in the finals,” Isler said, “but at the same time, I thought we ended on a pretty good note. I thought we got a little better and a little tougher.”
Cibola players to watch: Sr. G Andrew Apodaca, Sr. F Rio Mares.
Last meeting: Dec. 11, Clovis beat Cibola 77-62 in the opening round of the Albuquerque Academy tournament. Isler said the game was closer than the score indicated.
What to watch for: The zone defense. Teams are keying on senior post Jaye Crockett, who’s averaging 32.2 points per game. Valley had success with a zone, holding Crockett to a season-low 17 points In Tuesday’s 59-52 tournament semifinal win. Isler said the Wildcats have been better at on-court communication and hit six consecutive clutch free throws at the end of the Los Lunas game.
Crockett watch: Crockett moved into the 1,000-point club for the Wildcats in Wednesday’s win over Los Lunas. Crockett’s 25 points puts him at 1,002 for his career, one point ahead of Dick Hunsaker for sixth place. He is 36 points from tying Steve Davis (1971-74) and 523 from tying all-time leader Bubba Jennings.