Clovis Christian’s Ryan Boatman drives past Amarillo Ascension’s Tyler Bixler during the second half of Tuesday’s game Tuesday in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)
By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
The Clovis Christian Eagles beat Amarillo Ascension on Tuesday and impressed Cardinals coach Kyle Johnson in the process.
“Clovis (Christian) plays real well together; they’re a good team,” Johnson said. “Our boys didn’t play together as well as they should have, and Clovis, boy, those guys play together real well.”
The Eagles played tight defense and beat Ascension 45-34 Tuesday at CCS.
Will Genitski led CCS (10-7) with 14 points, and added seven rebounds and five assists.
In the girls matchup, CCS dominated the Lady Cardinals after trailing by a point at the end of a quarter and rolled to a 58-20 victory.
Clovis Christian boys coach Jimmy Joe Robinson said he’s seen his team play better.
“We didn’t play real sharp, but we played good enough to win,” he said.
Robinson said he did not expect the Cardinals (2-9) to come out as aggressive as they did.
“It surprised me at how well they ran the 2-3 zone,” Robinson said. “We need to have a little more patience — we were too impatient. We need to learn to swing the ball a little bit quicker.”
Ascension was lead by Nick Tunnel with 17 points and Tyler Bixter with 12.
Genitski said the Eagles’ defensive energy earned them the win.
“We outhustled them in the second half, I thought,” he said. “Our defense lately has been coming around. We’ve been running full court stuff and man-to-man, and that’s really helping us a lot.”
Robinson said his 6-foot-1 junior played loose on Tuesday night.
“He’s really been really working on his free throws,” Robinson said of Genitski. “I think he’s trying so hard. I think he relaxed a little tonight and it paid off for him. He played well.”
Dustin Handley and Ryan Boatman added 7 points each for CCS.
CCS girls 58, Ascension 20 — Mollie Peterson and Tiffani Medeiros scored 15 points each for the Lady Eagles (9-8), who ran off a 24-4 spurt in the second quarter to open a 31-12 lead.
Lady Eagles coach Max Kralicek said he went to pressure defense to get his sluggish team going.
“We came out just standing around on defense,” Kralicek said. “We went up 5-zip and I think we put our minds in neutral.
“We were just really flat. We were just trying to get some movement going (with the pressure).”
Peterson established a career scoring high, hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Eighth-grader Jocelyn Swann also had a season-best with 11 points, including two 3-pointers.
Jessika Sindar scored nine points and Alyssa Boren added eight for Ascension.