Hobbs' Aaron Ibarra takes a shot during the
Eagles' win Saturday at Tasker Arena.
I was close to posting it and just had to cover Hobbs' Saturday game against Deming (a game I figured nothing too exciting would happen) then come back and read it through one last time before posting it.
After Aaron Ibarra's performance against Deming, however, I've had to perform a few edits on that blog post.
The Hobbs senior scored 47 points – including the final nine points to break an 87-87 tie – to help the 5A No. 9 Eagles overcome a sloppy start and flat play to defeat 4A No. 10 Deming 96-87.
Ibarra's 47 points is the third most in Hobbs history behind Larry Robinson's 49-point performance during a 170-104 Hobbs win over Carlsbad in 1970 and Jeffery Taylor's 48 points during a 100-80 win over Rio Rancho in 2008.
The more impressive thing is Ibarra probably should've been the first Hobbs player to score 50 as he only had two points in the first quarter and 11 points at the half. Yes, Ibarra scored 36 points in the second half including 20 of Hobbs' 29 points in the fourth quarter to fight off a scrappy Deming squad.
Ibarra finished 14-for-24 from the field (including 2-for-3 from 3-point range), 17-for-22 from the free-throw line and added nine rebounds, six steals and two assists.
Hobbs needed it all as it played without second-leading scorer Dane Pannell due to a swollen knee.
The Eagles take on 4A No. 2 Goddard 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tasker Arena. The Rockets, who beat 5A No. 6 Clovis 61-59 Saturday in Roswell, are 16-1 with their only loss to in-town rival Roswell High (which Hobbs lost to 94-90 in Roswell last Tuesday).
NMJC's Desmond Lee takes a shot against
Midland College on Thursday in Hobbs.
NMJC's Te'onna Campbell takes a shot
against Midland College on Thursday.