Clovis senior Manuel Robles and Moriarity senior Nick Chavez stumble over each other attempting to take possession of the ball Friday at the Rock.
The Goddard Rockets seemed to play the biggest role in holding the Clovis Wildcats under 100.
With the Wildcats set to play the Rockets today in Roswell, Clovis built a big lead early Friday night and took the foot off the gas in the second half of a 74-28 win over slumping Moriarty in Rock Staubus Gymnasium.
Clovis never trailed on its way to a 13-0 record, and took control with a 14-2 run to open the second quarter. The Wildcats pushed up the tempo enough for a 35-point lead minutes into the second half and ran out the bench as the game sped by under the running clock mercy rule.
“I thought we played good,” senior forward Diondre Hunter said. “We didn’t get too sloppy (with the big lead). Sometimes we get lackadaisical and play around, and tonight we didn’t do that.
“They only thing we did differently was we didn’t press in the second half. We wanted to keep our legs under us for (today).”
Bryce Hill had 23 points to lead three in double figures for Clovis, which needed just a shade over an hour to send the Pintos (1-11) to their eighth-straight loss.
“I felt like our kids played hard the entire night without embarrassing Moriarty,” Clovis coach J.D. Isler said. “I think the kids handled everything well.”
Clovis’ height advantage was evident, as the Wildcats held a 34-17 edge in rebounds — 24-7 in the first half.
“They’re just more athletic and bigger than we are,” Moriarty coach Frank Gonzales said of the discrepancy on the boards.
Jaye Crockett just missed a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds at the half, and finished with 19 and 10 in limited second-half minutes.
“It seemed for a while that Jaye was getting every offensive rebound,” Isler said. “He seemed to be all over the glass and had a big second quarter. Layne Strebeck (six points, seven rebounds) was on the glass good. We were pretty active tonight overall.”
Jaden Isler had 15 points, six assists and five rebounds to round out double figure scorers for Clovis, while the Pintos placed only one in double figures — guard Charles Butt, who scored off a broken play with 1:56 left for his ninth and 10th points.
Despite the other ugly numbers — the Pintos never got to the free throw line and shot just over 33 percent (13-of-39) — Gonzales said the Pintos are a better team with the loss.
“Any time we’re in this situation, you look for positives, you look to improve” Gonzales said. “It’s hard for people that don’t watch us to see ... but we did improve.”
In a different way, so did Clovis.
“We wanted to play a lot of players because we want to go play up and down tomorrow,” coach Isler said. “It worked out good. We needed to get the guys some time because we’re going to need all of our guys down the stretch.”