Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Knights claim third victory over Cats

LAS CRUCES – At this rate, it wouldn’t be too surprising if Organ Mountain asked the New Mexico Activities Association to break into District 4-5A.

The knights (5-8) are winless unless faced with 4-5A members. They’re perfect against Clovis High (3-0) and Roswell High (2-0) after beating the Wildcats 55-47 on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, CHS dropped to 1-10 for the season.

“We played better offensively and defensively than the other two times we played against them,” said Cats coach Jaden Isler. “But we couldn’t take a long shot.”

The teams swapped leads during an opening quarter that ended in a 10-10 draw. Organ Mountain opened a 26-20 advantage at halftime, and the lead stayed between six and twelve points for the remainder of the night.

Isler said the Cats did a better job on the boards against Organ Mountain this time around, despite having a small height disadvantage.

“I thought we rebounded (good) in the first half and that kept us in the game,” he said.

Ten players contributed points for the Knights, led by 6-foot-5 sophomore striker Brandon Kehres at 12 and 6-3 Senior Guard Dorian Riviera at 10.

Junior striker RJ Nora set a personal best of 17 points for Clovis while senior guard Juan Hernandez added a pair of 3 points and 11 points.

“I thought we got a lot of good looks in the second half,” said Isler. “We changed a few things during the break, but we just didn’t shoot the ball well. We did two threes and I think we got maybe eight or nine good looks. “

With a 10-point lead, Organ Mountain went on delaying about the middle of the final third, but the Cats were unable to get closer than six points.

“They made a few free throws on the track and got some good looks,” said Isler.

Free throws are still an issue for the cats. They had 24 chances against the Knights but only managed 13 of them.

Clovis returns with a game on Monday afternoon at Amarillo Tascosa.

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