CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats pull away for victory over Pintos

CNJ staff

MORIARTY — Junior guard Jaden Isler led four players in double figures with 23 points Friday night as Clovis High’s boys pulled away from Moriarty 76-59.

Senior guard Cody Thornsbury added 16 points and junior posts Layne Strebeck 11 for the Wildcats (12-1), who face Roswell Goddard in a 7 p.m. contest today at Rock Staubus. Thornsbury had four of the Cats’ nine 3-pointers, including a buzzer-beater to pull Clovis into a 16-16 tie after one quarter.

The Cats never trailed after that, outscoring the Pintos 22-11 in the second period as Lewis and Thornsbury each scored seven points.

“We didn’t shoot real well; they zoned us most of the night,” CHS coach J.D. Isler said. “But I felt like we played real well. We never could really get the tempo going the way we wanted.”

The Pintos (4-8), who got 24 points from 6-foot-6 senior Daniel Pierce, led for much of the first quarter. They were up 14-7 late in the period before the Cats rallied.

Coach Isler noted that pressure defense helped the Cats gain control in the second stanza.

“We got a few steals off our press and turned them into easy baskets,” he said.
Moriarty crept within 56-48 at the end of the third period, but Jaden Isler scored 11 of his points in the final segment to help the Cats put the game away.

Clovis overcame an off-night shooting by junior guard Bryce Hill, who failed to score but contributed to the win in other ways.

“Bryce didn’t score, but he had some really nice passes and played well for us on defense,” coach Isler said.

Senior guard Ben Martinez also reached double figures for the Pintos, finishing with 11 points.