What a dream night for Clovis East High's student body Friday.
They were allowed free admission (as opposed to the normal $2 ticket) to their gym if they wore spirit shirts for a Tri-River Athletic Conference boys basketball game against No. 1 Clovis West.
"Big bad wolf, big bad wolf, big bad wolf.
"This is our house, this is our house, this is our house.
"We're No. 1, we're No. 1, we're No. 1."
And, finally, directed toward the Golden Eagles' student body: "We can't hear you, we can't hear you, we can't hear you."
Of course they couldn't from a group in cardinal and gold that stood throughout — and in shock.
Final: Third-ranked Clovis East 78, Clovis West 53.
The Timberwolves are 19-5 overall. And they lead the TRAC at 4-0.
All this after going 8-20 and 1-9 a year ago.
All this under new coach Adrian Wiggins, the ex-Fresno State women's coach.
"Coach Wiggins," senior Cole Morgan trumpeted, "just brings something else — the intensity, the pace, the overall winning spirit that we needed."
Out of necessity, right, for a roster of players not to be confused with college prospects?
"Yep," Morgan said. "We're just average guys who love to play basketball and play it hard the whole time."
To repeat: Average guys 78, nine-time Central Section champion Clovis West 53. Yeah, average guys, such as senior point guard Dylan Eamigh, who set the template by making three of his nine 3-pointers for a 9-0 lead in the first 2 minutes, 15 seconds.
The four-year varsity veteran finished with 32 points. And the 3-pointers total is third in school history to Phillip Matcham's 15 (2005) and Joey Reynaga's 12 ('07), according to section historian Bob Barnett.
"Dylan led us from start to finish," Morgan said. "He played great — best I've ever seen him."
"Well, I've had a couple nights like that," said Eamigh (pronounced: A-mee).
Then he thought about it: "But not in a game like this."
Clovis West fell to 14-6 and 3-1.
Eamigh was complemented well with a blue-collar cast, also featuring backcourt mate Isaac Acevedo (14 points), Morgan (10), Iaian Holman, Joseph Castillo and Lavell Smith.
Next: a TRAC first-round-closing contest at No. 2 Central (20-4, 3-1) Tuesday.
Could Wiggins have forecast this three months ago? "No, well, yes. I knew they were good enough; it was a matter if they would be willing to pay the price, and they have.
"I knew what I was getting into. They had been well coached (by current Central coach Tim Amundsen). I knew they were hungry, and they fit my style. This has been a nice opportunity for me — refreshing."
Clovis West coach Tom Orlich's 37-year record is 789-260, according to Barnett. That's 521-184 in 25 years at South Lake Tahoe and 268-76 in 12 years with the Eagles. Clovis West officials miscalculated recently when presenting him a plaque for win No. 800.
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