Murshid Randle scored 18 points, including eight clutch free throws in the fourth quarter, as Central marched toward a Central Section top ranking with a 61-58 home win over Clovis West in the Tri-River Athletic Conference. The Golden Eagles, buckled by recent losses to Clovis East and Clovis North, bounced back with a near-upset as Jakari McClain and Michael Orlich split 40 points. Central remained tied atop the league with Clovis East. The Timberwolves, leading only by two late in the third quarter, beat Buchanan 60-38.
Bullard had 14 players score, led by Calvin Young (17) and Quinn Rystad (13), while routing Memorial 84-49 to remain a game ahead of Edison with three remaining in the County/Metro Athletic Conference. The Knights and Tigers will close the regular season a week from Thursday at Bullard, which won 62-61 in their first showdown. Edison also coasted Tuesday night, beating Madera South 72-34 as Tigers scoring was topped by 13 apiece from Tyquan Neal and Will Lee.
Fresno and Roosevelt won to remain tied atop the North Yosemite League with 6-1 records. Daryl Edwards had 22 points in the Warriors' 80-44 rout of Reedley. And the Rough Riders received powerful all-around production from Keunte Howard (16 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists) and Bryson Williams (23 points, 17 rebounds) in a 66-50 win over McLane. Roosevelt will go to Fresno to close league play a week from Thursday. The Riders won Round I 69-65.
Immanuel, fighting Central Valley Christian, Dinuba and Exeter for the Central Sequoia League title, escaped 52-51 at Selma — which entered the game 1-5 in the conference — as Darrin Person delivered 16 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks and three assists. He also had a go-ahead layup with 17 seconds remaining. Anoop Grewal nearly clipped the Eagles with a 24-point performance for Selma, which made a free throw and missed one with 5.4 seconds to go.
Lindsay's Christina Castro, who began the night with 1,991 career points, scored 21 while becoming the section's 19th female to surpass 2,000, according to historian Bob Barnett, as the Cardinals defeated Granite Hills 67-28 to remain unbeaten in the East Sequoia League.
Immanuel, at home, bolted to a 32-24 first-half lead and beat Selma 55-43 behind Sara Vasquez's six 3-pointers and 19 points, and Samantha Swan's 13 rebounds to tie the Bears for the Central Sequoia League lead with 6-1 records. Selma, which beat the Eagles 66-51 in the first round, had won 26 straight league games.
Alex Yokley, Alex Uribe and Jose Tovar scored first-half goals that powered No. 8 Bullard to a 4-1 CMAC title-clinching victory over No. 7 Madera, which had won the league the previous two seasons.
Third-ranked Buchanan kept its hopes of tying for the TRAC championship alive with a 4-1 victory over Clovis that featured goals from J.T. Arruda, Viktor Dolberg, Ryan Arkelian and Oliver Dolberg. The Bears can force a three-way tie by beating Clovis North on Friday, combined with a Central loss to Clovis East.
Jose Vargas had a hat trick as No. 6 Reedley clinched the NYL title by beating defending champ Roosevelt 5-1.
West Sequoia League champion and D-IV No. 3-ranked Caruthers rode goals from Hope Delgado, Diana Raudales and Yazmine Aguirre to a 3-0 win over Minarets.
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