Clovis junior Stefan Mills strips the ball from Borger’s Abraham Saenz during the second half of the game Tuesday at The Rock. Clovis beat Borger 82-52 to stay unbeaten.
Clovis senior Manuel Robles is stripped of the ball while going up for a shot in the second half.
It was hardly a perfect win, but it helped the Clovis Wildcats stay perfect.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 22-8 first-quarter lead, held off Borger runs when needed, and ran away in the fourth for an 82-52 win Tuesday night over the Bulldogs at Rock Staubus Gym.
Clovis (17-0) never trailed and got four players in double figures, led by Jaye Crockett’s 27 and 21 from Jaden Isler.
Balance was a problem for the Bulldogs. Borger (11-12) got 37 points between posts Sean McWilliams (22) and Scott Simborn (15), but got 15 points from the rest of the roster.
“We needed better balance,” Borger coach Lance Simpson said. “We’d like to have four guys in double figures, but that doesn’t always happen.”
Meanwhile, Clovis got points from eight players. Layne Strebeck had 14 points for Clovis, with many baskets to either start runs for Clovis or end rallies for Class 3A Borger. He hit back-to-back 3s in the second quarter to start a 15-2 run and got a basket to start a game-ending 25-6 burst in the fourth.
“I thought they were a team that could make runs,” Strebeck said of the Bulldogs. “Right out of halftime they made a decent run. I thought it was important to drive inside to end those runs.”
Aside from the fourth quarter, which was lopsided after McWilliams went down with an ankle sprain, Clovis coach J.D. Isler felt Borger set the tone for the night by finding holes in the Wildcat press.
“I don’t think we ever got into a rhythm,” Isler said. “But at the same time, our effort level was good.”
Simpson said he was unsure if McWilliams would be available for Friday’s district opener against Perryton.
Bryce Hill hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 for Clovis, which faces Rio Rancho on Saturday. The Rams swept two games from the Wildcats last season en route to the Class 5A title.
“I’m sure they’re going to come in here with a mission,” Coach Isler said. “I think our kids feel they’ve got something to prove.”
Following Rio Rancho, the Wildcats have two games before their Feb. 8 District 4-5A opener against Hobbs.
“I feel we’re prepared for district,” Strebeck said. “We need to take care of Rio Rancho, then Roswell and Artesia.”