Portales edges Wolverines

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Portales’ Tyrese Dawson takes a contested jump shot in the first half of the Portales game against Texico on Friday night. Dawson finished with three points and the Rams beat the Wolverines 69-62.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com PORTALES — Coming into Friday’s game against Texico, Portales coach Rickie McBroom mentioned how close these two teams always play each other. Once again, the scoring margin was in the single digits as the Portales Rams had to fight back in the fourth quarter to beat the Texico Wolverines […]

Lady Rams top Texico

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Portales’ Zamorye Cox dribbles the ball in the first quarter of the Lady Rams game against Texico Friday night. Cox scored four points and Portales won 49-32.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com PORTALES — Basketball is a game of momentum. The Portales Lady Rams were able to utilize theirs in the second half for a relatively easy 49-32 victory over Texico Friday night. Leading 21-20 after halftime, Portales (13-3) went on an 18-0 run to put the game out of question […]

Friday area prep basketball summaries — Jan. 22

BOYS Fort Sumner 52, Cloudcroft 42 Cloudcroft (7-11) — Zach Comino 13, Tyson Hughes 2, Rodrigo Rodarte 5, Lathan Green 14, Alix Miller 6, Joy Montoya 2. Totals 17 6-9 42. Fort Sumner (9-8) — Brant West 7, Kyle Idtensohn 5, Raymond Drake 3, Jude Segura 10, Noah Maxwell 7, Hunter Sparks 9, Kreston Butterfield […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — Jan. 23

TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE AT ENMU Men • When: 4 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena • Records: Texas A&M-Commerce 12-5 (2-3 Lone Star Conference), ENMU 4-13 (0-5) • Last season: The Lions won both meetings, 91-67 at Commerce and 86-80 at Portales. • Last time out: Both teams played on Wednesday. Commerce lost at home to West […]

Ex-Cat McCray helps WNMU try to rebuild

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Freshman point guard Willie McCray leads Western New Mexico Univeristy in scoring through the first 16 games of the season.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com A look at the record, and the skepticism kicks in when Western New Mexico waxes poetic about freshman guard Willie McCray. After all, how valuable can somebody be on a 1-15 team? For the Mustangs, seeing is believing with the 2014 Clovis High grad, who is showing himself to […]

Thursday area prep basketball summaries — Jan. 21

BOYS District 4-1A San Jon 55, Clovis Christian 31 San Jon (7-10, 2-1) — Brevin Stoner 5, Sergio Fernandez 4, Joseph Benavidez 9, Jacob Thurman 23, D.C. Lee 14. Totals 25 3-5 55. Clovis Christian (2-13, 0-4) — Aiden Crowe 2, Josh Fly 6, Josh Rojas 2, Keith Dunton 7, Dev Cockrell 14. Totals 11 […]

CHS boys, girls basketball capsules — Jan. 22

Boys Lovington at Clovis When: 7 p.m. today at The Rock Records: Lovington 6-8, Clovis 2-14 Last time out: Clovis lost its eighth straight, 61-56 to Atrisco Heritage at home on Saturday. Lovington won its third straight, beating Texico 79-69 on Jan. 14. Last meeting: Lovington’s 60-55 home win over Clovis on Jan. 8 was […]

Tarleton sweeps Hounds

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Senior guard Charles Hill scored 22 points, leading five Tarleton State players in double figures as the Texans turned back Eastern New Mexico University 89-71 in Lone Star Conference men’s basketball on Wednesday night. Senior guard Michael Hardge added 15 points, senior forward E.J. Reed chipped in 14 and reserves […]

Ex-Lady Cats standout Gomez proving herself again

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Brandi Gomez, who suffered a torn meniscus before the beginning of the 2014-15 season for Cameron, is now in her freshman season following a medical redshirt year.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Two falls ago, Brandi Gomez was proving she belonged on a Division II basketball program. She believed it. Her coaches at Cameron probably believed it more. Gravity, and a bad twist of fate, decided the Clovis High product would have to wait another year. Now, following a medical redshirt […]

CHS swimmers solid at Academy

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s girls closed the gap on Albuquerque Academy and nearly won the Chargers’ invitational meet on Saturday. The Lady Wildcats finished third out of 25 teams while the boys were fourth out of 23. Clovis finished with 626 points to trail Los Alamos (673) and Academy (653), both of whom […]

Portales staves off Lady Cats late 56-50

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Clovis junior Monay Phillips goes to the basket against Portales senior Kambrey Blakey during the first half of Tuesday’s girls matchup at the Rock. Blakey had 30 points and 15 rebounds in the Lady Rams’ 56-50 victory.

Staff report Both coaches were in agreement on the difference in Tuesday’s Portales-Clovis girls basketball game at Rock Staubus Gym — rebounding and free throws. Senior forward Kambrey Blakey scored a season-best 30 points and added 15 rebounds as the Lady Rams built a 14-point lead through three quarters and went on to a 56-50 […]

Tuesday area prep basketball summaries — Jan. 19

Boys Texico 72, Santa Rosa 66 Santa Rosa (12-5) — Joaquin Lopez 4, Christian Chavez 23, Mark Saiz 6, Luis Meffaro 2, Enrique Bachicha 7, Joseph Esquibel 10, Joaquin Romo 3, Javande Chavez 11. Totals 26 7-16 66. Texico (11-3) — Rafael Maldonado 5, Tanner Dickerman 3, Brannon Karger 26, Dalton Thatcher 6, Braden Fraze […]

ENMU men’s, women’s basketball capsules — Jan. 20

ENMU AT TARLETON STATE Men • When: 6:30 p.m. (MST) today at Stephenville, Texas • Records: ENMU 4-12 (0-4 Lone Star Conference), Tarleton State 13-3 (3-1) • Last season: The Texans beat the Hounds three times, including 80-50 in the opening round of the LSC tournament. In regular-season play, Tarleton won 89-64 at Portales and […]

Clovis’ Dawson flourishing at Liberty

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Since the spring semester began, John Dawson has started all nine games for Liberty and leads the Flames with 13.7 points per game.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Basketball is a brotherhood. John Dawson’s found new life in Division I hoops, both by being a big brother and knowing when he needed one. The 2013 Clovis High graduate is off to a rousing start at Liberty University, where he is averaging a team-high 13.7 points, along with […]

Prep basketball capsule — Jan. 19

Portales (11-3) at Clovis (6-9) On the air: Clovis, KCLV 99.1 FM and online at kclvsports.com. Portales, KSEL 105-9 FM. Last time out: Portales has a six-game winning streak snapped with a 46-40 loss to Amarillo. Clovis is coming off a 42-39 loss Friday at Cleveland High School. Last meeting: 2015, Clovis 57-42. Common opponents: […]

Saturday area prep basketball summaries — Jan. 16

BOYS Lion Classic At Santa Rosa Championship Santa Rosa 75, Melrose 73 Melrose (11-3) — Cade Barnard 34, Chris Fisher 5, Tel Bostwick 2, Wyatt Williams 26, Rowdy Allen 4, Braden Hemminger 2. Totals 31 6-8 73. Santa Rosa (12-4) — Christian Chavez 28, Mark Saiz 2, Enrique Bachicha 9, Joseph Esquibel 5, Joaquin Romo […]

Jaguars top Clovis boys

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Cory Knight goes up for two during the first half of Clovis’ game Saturday against Atrisco Heritage. Knight had a career-high 16 points and seven rebounds in Clovis’ 61-56 loss to the Jaguars.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com As district time nears, Class 6A basketball teams are running out of time for tuneups. While it doesn’t look like an issue for Atrisco Heritage, the Clovis Wildcats might not be able to say the same. The visiting Jaguars got a quick lead, used much of Saturday night’s contest […]

Angelo stuns Hounds with late rally

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Greyhounds senior guard John Gilliam draws contact from Angelo State junior Quay King during the first half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference game at Greyhound Arena. Gilliam, in his second game back after missing seven games with a knee injury, scored 13 points in the Greyhounds’ 70-68 loss.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com PORTALES — The Greyhounds are still looking for their first Lone Star Conference win of the season as Angelo State used an unlikely last-minute comeback to steal a 70-68 win over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday at Greyhound Arena. ENMU (4-12, 0-4 LSC) lead 67-59 with a minute […]

Rambelles pull away late for win

ENMU junior post Kassandra Harris spins toward the basket against Angelo State’s Jasmine Prophet during the second half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s game at Greyhound Arena. Harris had 12 points in the contest, but the Rambelles pulled away down the stretch for a 79-61 victory over the Greyhounds.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Just when it looked like an upset might be in the cards, Eastern New Mexico University’s women found an imaginary lid on their basket Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 38-33 lead over Angelo State at Greyhound Arena, […]

PHS grad Boone takes over Angelo State program

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com Back in 2001, Cinco Boone helped lead the Portales Rams to their most recent state basketball championship. Boone is now the leader of a different Rams team. He will lead Angelo State’s Rams into Greyhound Arena for a 4 p.m. Lone Star Conference men’s game today, his first trip […]