ARTESIA — The Clovis Wildcats stayed undefeated, but had problems Friday night in their second trip to Artesia this season.
Roughly six weeks after routing Artesia 74-52, the Bulldogs stayed much closer this time. But visiting Clovis survived with a 29-10 second quarter and held on for a 78-65 victory.
Clovis coach J.D. Isler was happy the Wildcats were able to get the win despite injuries to starters Jaye Crockett and Bryce Hill and a night of foul trouble for guard Jaden Isler. But he felt similar slips in the future will prove costly for the Wildcats (20-0).
“They outscored us in three of the four quarters. That tells you we’re not playing well defensively,” coach Isler said. “I thought that was a good wakeup call for us.”
Crockett, who led Clovis with 23 points, left early in the first half after bumping knees with an Artesia post. Hill, who scored 19, rolled his ankle in the first quarter. Both returned and are expected to play in Clovis’ game against Trinity Christian Monday night at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock.
Isler credited Clovis’ rough start to a solid effort from Artesia (14-7), which was led by a game-high 24 points from junior Derek Montoya.
“I just thought Artesia came out and played with more intensity than we did,” Isler said. “We got back on our heels and they played with a lot of emotion.”
Manuel Robles scored 10 to join Crockett and Hill as Clovis’ double-figure scorers. Jaden Isler and spent the second half in foul trouble and fouled out with four minutes to play and nine points. Layne Strebeck added seven for Clovis.
Devyn Garcia added 15 and Adrian Hall 11 for the Bulldogs.