The Clovis Wildcats clinched the top seed in next week’s District 4-5A tournament, beating Carlsbad on the road 68-53 Tuesday night.
D.J. Blackmon scored 16 points to lead three in double figures for Clovis (18-6, 3-0), winners of seven straight.
Clovis also got 15 from John Dawson and 14 from Drew Cole, while post Marshall Winn added nine.
Wildcats coach Matt King thought it was a great night for most of the Wildcats — even junior guard Willie McCray, who managed just one point from the field after scoring a career-high 25 in a 63-61 win last Friday at Lubbock Estacado.
“He guarded (Marcus) Arrington the whole night because Kamal Cass was in foul trouble,” King said of McCray. “He did a great job. He did things besides scoring to help our team win.”
Arrington, who torched Clovis for 33 points, including 23 in the first half, managed just 12 points to lead the Cavemen (16-9, 1-3), which has lost three in a row to end the regular season after knocking off Hobbs to open district play.
Rosendo Arrieta added 10 points for the Cavemen, who shot nine free throws compared to 33 for the Wildcats.
“That was a big key,” King said. “We kept them off the free-throw line for the most part. We got into a little rhythm midway through the first quarter offensively. I was pretty happy for our kids.”
King was happy to clinch the district’s top seed, but he knows the regular season finale still carries importance.
“It don’t matter what the records, rankings, seedings, district standings are,” King said. “When Hobbs and Clovis are playing, that’s a huge game. Our kids will be ready, and so will they.”