The Portales High Rams hope playing at home can help them put together a little streak heading into the start of their District 4-3A schedule next week.
They begin a four-game homestand with a 7 p.m. tipoff today against Class 5A Carlsbad (4-11) at the PHS gym in their Homecoming game.
The Rams (9-7), who erased an eight-point halftime deficit to win at Roswell Goddard on Tuesday, host Tucumcari next Tuesday before entertaining district rivals Ruidoso on Feb. 1 and Lovington on Feb. 4.
“We want to win these next two games and build a little momentum for Ruidoso,” PHS boys coach Mark Gallegos said.
At Roswell, the Rams outscored Goddard 26-9 after halftime before a last-second Rockets 3-pointer made the final score 40-34.
“We just need to go back and play like we did in the second half against Goddard,” Gallegos said. “We played one of the better third quarters we’ve played all year in that game.”
Portales will be without the services of senior post Bo Gabriel, who has pneumonia. Gallegos said senior Trevor Ferguson is likely to start in Gabriel’s place.
The Cavemen have been an up-and-down team, Gallegos said.
“I’ve watched them on video twice and in person once,” he said. “They are mostly a half-court team.
“I think we can get up and down the floor on them, and press them a little bit.”