June a busy month for CHS basketball

CNJ STAFF

June is a busy month for the Clovis High boys basketball program.
Nine members of the Wildcats participated in the Cibola team camp in Albuquerque over the weekend. The Cats posted a 6-2 record, losing only to the host Cougars and Rio Rancho.
Their victories were over St. Pius, St. Michael’s, Santa Fe, Del Norte, Hope Christian and Albuquerque Highland.
“We got a lot of playing in,” CHS boys coach J.D. Isler said. “We got a little fatigued because we press and try to play an up-tempo game. But overall, I was pretty pleased.”
Clovis is scheduled to participate in a jamboree at Las Vegas, N.M., June 12-13 and in the Bob Knight Texas Tech team camp at the end of the month. In between, Isler said, the Cats are scheduled to host their own one-day jamboree on June 18 at Rock Staubus Gym, also featuring Frenship (Texas), Portales and Roswell Goddard.
Isler said the Cats are trying to carry a 10-man roster in the summer, but he noted that senior Mario Caswell was unable to make the trip last weekend.
“We played real hard,” Isler said. “We’re getting good chemistry and getting good play out of everybody.”
He said point guard Bud Willis and forward Justin Pinckney played well, adding that 6-foot-7 junior Tig Bunton also had a solid weekend.
Isler said he has high hopes for 6-foot-3 Dominique Easterlin, who will also be a junior next year.
“Dominique is playing real solid, and I think he’ll help us next year,” Isler said. “He played mostly on the junior varsity last year, but he’s having a good summer and we’re expecting him to contribute.”
A week earlier, the Cats participated in the Great American Shootout in Plano, Texas, going 3-2 and reaching the quarterfinals before they lost by a single point, Isler noted.
“The competition there was really good and we played pretty well,” he said. “We saw a lot of big players there, and I thought we handled that pretty well.”