Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Upcoming week will test Hobbs

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Hobbs' Cayson Meridyth looks for a teammate
against Odessa Permian earlier in the season.
  Though the Hobbs boys basketball team started its season two weeks ago holding on for a double-overtime win over Odessa High and avenging a 20-plus point loss to Odessa Permian, the Eagles really get the season going this week with three games on the slate – starting tonight at Midland High.
  The Eagles (2-0) after facing a trap-happy Midland High squad host a tough El Paso Franklin squad Friday night and then host El Paso Ysleta on Saturday.
  Tuesday's contest against Midland High (1-2) is another chance for Hobbs to pick up a nice win on the road. Midland is going to pressure the Eagles – something they struggled with at times against both Odessa High and Permian.
  Then Hobbs plays its first back-to-back games of the season with a Franklin squad (5-1 on the season) coming to Tasker Arena on Friday that beat a tough (but not complete yet due to football) Las Cruces High team 67-61 in El Paso. The Eagles will then have to refocus and play an Ysleta team that is currently 0-5 and avoid any letdown.
  The Eagles have been solid to open the season, and despite shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 50.7 percent from the free-throw line, Hobbs is averaging 80.0 points per game. That's a number that should rise once a good shooting Eagles squad gets a couple more shots to fall.