ARTESIA — The Clovis High boys have already avenged one of their losses from a year ago.
Junior guard Jaden Isler led three Wildcats in double figures with 12 points and Clovis, playing its season opener, led virtually wire-to-wire Thursday in posting a 60-41 victory over El Paso Jefferson in the quarterfinals of the Artesia Invitational.
The Cats advanced to a 4:30 p.m. semifinal game today against the Roswell-Goddard Deming winner.
Last year, Clovis lost to the Foxes 40-36 in a semifinal game of he same tournament.
“We played with a lot of effort,” CHS coach J.D. Isler said. “Obviously, you’re not very refined in the first game of the season, but we had a pretty good third quarter and we finished off strong.”
Junior guards Bryce Hill and Manuel Robles added 10 points each for the Cats, who doubled their eight-point halftime lead by outscoring the Foxes 18-10 in the third period despite having starters Cody Thornsbury and Michael Lewis on the bench with three fouls apiece.
Clovis’ biggest lead was 60-38 in the closing seconds.
“We took a lot of good, open shots, but we didn’t shoot that well,” Coach Isler said. “The two things we did well were we played hard and we rebounded well. We got a lot of second shots because we were active on the boards.”
Jefferson (3-6) got 12 points from Mario Godinez, who connected on four of the Foxes’ five 3-pointers.
Carlsbad 60, Silver 48
Clovis 60, El Paso Jefferson 41
Roswell Goddard 44, Deming 39
Artesia vs. Lovington (n)
Deming vs. Jefferson, 10 a.m.
Silver vs. Artesia-Lovington loser, 1:30 p.m.
Goddard vs. Clovis, 4:30 p.m.
Carlsbad vs. Artesia-Lovington winner, 7:30 p.m.