Clovis coach J.D. Isler said he hopes to get his posts more involved with the offense in the next few weeks.
A 5-0 record. Most games sealed up at halftime, with a victory margin greater than 25 a night. Career high scoring nights.
Not bad for a team that’s only had seven practices. But the Clovis Wildcats hope their best games are yet to come, starting with tonight’s 7 p.m. game against Roswell Goddard.
Wildcat senior Bryce Hill credits the quick start to team chemistry and players knowing their roles.
“We stay together when we’re down,” said Hill, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound guard. “We don’t quit. We’re really scrappy.”
Coach J.D. Isler echoes his guard’s sentiments.
“This is a team that plays really well together and has good chemistry,” Isler said. “It’s one of those things you can’t teach. That has to come from the character of your players.”
Still, he sees room for improvement, particularly with conditioning and interior play.
“We’re pleased to be where we’re at,” Isler said, “but all of our players know we’re going to have to get better on some things ... both offensively and defensively.”
Tuesday’s win at Portales, a 75-24 blowout, turned ugly early in the second quarter, but Isler said the game presented a good challenge for the Wildcats.
“We hadn’t seen a zone, so it was good for us,” Isler said. “I don’t care what offense you run, you’ve got to be able to shoot the ball (against a zone).”
And shoot they did. The Wildcats opened the game with a 9-0 lead on three treys, and senior guard Jaden Isler tied a school record with nine 3-pointers en route to a career-high 37 points.
J.D. Isler is figuring the team’s not going to see a lot of zones, because most teams aren’t willing to let Hill and Jaden Isler beat them from the perimeter.
The coach is hoping to get the posts more involved with the offense over the next few weeks, and he figures a tall, athletic Goddard team with senior Jacob Lopez and sophomore Marek Olseinski (both 6-foot-4) will present just the challenge the team needs. The Rockets (5-4) have lost four of their last five, including a 113-76 loss to Hobbs on Dec. 11.
“They’re pretty athletic,” Isler said. “They’re going to really come in here and try to challenge us.”
Hill’s confident, and thinks the Wildcats are pretty close to midseason form already.
“This is how we always wanted it to be,” Hill said. “This is how we practice.”