Thursday, January 12, 2012

TRAP GAME! Eagles can't afford to overlook Alamogordo Friday night

Kimberly Ryan/News-Sun
Hobbs' Aaron Ibarra (40) grabs a rebound
alongside teammate Dane Pannell during
the Hobbs Holiday Tournament.
  The eighth-ranked Hobbs boys basketball team has a chance to make a gigantic statement on Saturday when the Eagles travel to play top-ranked Las Cruces High.
  Combine that opportunity for Hobbs with Eagle coach Mike Smith returning to Las Cruces High for the first time since he stepped down as coach in 2009 after 13 years and it's going to be an incredible atmosphere in a game dripping wet with storylines.
  But before Saturday comes Hobbs must avoid the dreaded TRAP GAME.
  The Eagles host an Alamogordo squad Friday night that is 6-9 on the season and fresh off blowing a 15-point lead in the first half at home during a loss to Carlsbad on Tuesday (which is below .500 at 5-8).
  But Hobbs can't expect to just show up and beat the Tigers. The reason why Hobbs is 10-5 isn't because it has more talent on the court than other teams. It's because of the hard-working mentality the Eagles play with and the non-stop effort they put forth – particularly with their press.
  If Hobbs takes a nap against the Tigers, it could lead to a loss it won't want on its resume. The Eagles are 3-0 against New Mexico teams and staying perfect should be all the motivation Hobbs needs.
  Plus it wouldn't hurt the Eagles to go into Saturday's matchup with the No. 1 Bulldawgs with a little momentum on their side.
  On a side note, follow me on Twitter at to get updates and stats on every Hobbs boys basketball game (I'm at every one of them). Also, starting Friday I'm going to have a Hobbs Player of the Game that I'll tweet after each game. Maybe I can come up with a cooler name than that in the future, but for now I'll keep it generic.