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Hobbs Eagle Jalen Goar makes history

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Jalen Goar made history and the Hobbs Eagles won their 20th game of the season Friday night as the Hobbs boys’ basketball team beat long-time rival Clovis 96-29 in Tasker Arena.

“They have beat us in the past, and we have beat them,” Goar said. “This is a great Hobbs-Clovis rivalry. It just feels so great to get a win like that, especially at home.”

With 3:23 left in the third quarter, Goar hit a long 3-pointer, giving Hobbs a 65-24 lead. The trey was the 218th of Goar’s career, setting a new Hobbs Eagles’ record.

“I wasn’t shooting just to get it, but I thank God I got it at home,” Goar said. “I am glad everybody got to see it. All my family, my friends, it was real great, just awesome. I still can’t believe. I am speechless.”

As soon as the ball swished through the net, Hobbs coach Shelby Reeves called a time out, the only one he used all game.

“We did our best to celebrate,” the Eagles’ coach said. “We stopped the game with the timeout to give him his due.”

Goar, who had five treys in the game, drained his first just 10 seconds into the game to give Hobbs the early lead. The Eagles would never trail. After nearly 80 seconds of passing the ball around, Clovis got on the board with a layup, cutting the Eagles’ lead to 3-2. That was as close as it would be all night.

“When he came out and hit the first three, I knew he was probably going to get (the record) tonight,” Reeves said.

Hobbs countered with a trey and a layup from Michael Mackey followed by another trey from Goar, taking an 11-2 lead. Clovis got another bucket before Hobbs responded with an 11-0 run, taking a 22-4 lead. By the end of the first quarter, the Eagles led 28-11.

While Hobbs had another 20-plus point quarter, Clovis’ scoring went down. The Wildcats scored just seven points in the second. As for the Eagles, they poured in another 26 points, taking a 54-19 lead at halftime.

“It was crazy,” Reeves said. “I didn’t see the score until before the half and I didn’t know we had 40-something points already. I don’t look at a lot of that stuff, but I look at what we are doing. I know we were scoring, but I look at what we were doing and getting after it. We had a lot of easy baskets.”

As for Goar, the senior drained two more treys in the second quarter, giving him four. Goar tied Rod Hutchings’ (1993-96) school record (217) with 5:52 left in the second quarter.

Leading by 36 to start the second half, a running clock was put into motion. That didn’t stop the Eagles from continuing to pour in the points though As for the Wildcats, their struggles also continued. Hobbs scored 23 points while Clovis managed just six. The Eagles went into the fourth quarter with a 77-24 lead. Hobbs closed out the third quarter on a 15-0 run.

Hobbs outscored Clovis 19-5 over the final eight minutes of play.

Goar, led the Eagles in scoring, finishing with 24 points. He sank five treys. Goar now needs six more to move into the NMAA career top 10. The No. 10 spot is currently held by Clovis’ Bryce Hill with 223.

“Jalen is a great player,” Reeves said. “No pressure or things like that. He didn’t try to force things. He had one where he saw Jesus (Ramos) under the basket by himself and he dished it out to Jesus. He just let the game come to him.”

The Eagles had three other players score in double figures. Mackey finished with 18 points while Jesus Ramos added 17 and Mora contributed 16. Ronnie Ross chipped in eight and Caurtrey Morgan scored six.

As for Clovis, its top scorer was Andrew Hall with eight points.

With the win, Hobbs improves to 20-2 on the season and moves to 2-0 in District 4-5A action. The Eagles will close out the first half of district on Friday when they travel to Carlsbad and face the Cavemen. As for Clovis, the Wildcats fall to 3-19 on the season and 0-2 in district play.

“We have to keep working. Same things apply,” Goar said. “Practice, get shots up, keep working on our game, and everything will fall into place.”

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