HOBBS BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM IS A GROUP OF ROAD WARRIORS
Hobbs High School has more state titles than any other boys basketball program in New Mexico with 17 overall, but they haven’t lifted the blue trophy since 2015. Head coach Shelby Reeves says this year’s group lacks experience like last year’s team that reached the state quarterfinals. “We have a young group, but they’re real scrappy, they get after it,” said head coach Shelby Reeves. “It’s probably one of the hardest working teams I have had.”
Michael Mackey carries most of the scoring load for the Eagles this year. “We go as he goes,” said Reeves. Mackey is a three-year starter at Hobbs. “I think he’s probably one of the better guards in the state,” described Reeves. “He can take you off the dribble, he can pull up for three’s, he can go in right-handed or left-handed. He’s a pretty flashy player.”
The Eagles have logged plenty of road miles this season with multiple trips to the metro area. In fact, 15 of their 26 scheduled games this season are away from home. “That’s a lot of road games, it’s a lot,” emphasized Mackey. “Last year we had a lot of home games, so this year we have to make up for it.”
“They know they have to get up and go play wherever we’re at,” said Reeves. “We actually have more wins on the road than we do at home.”
Whether it’s at home or on the road, the Eagles hope to fly into the postseason in March. The Eagles (10-10) start district play this week with games against Roswell and Clovis.