Prep highlights for 2/27

The Fresno BeeFebruary 27, 2014 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Four-year varsity veteran Murshid Randle scored 21 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Darius Hamilton's tip-in with 15 seconds left gave Central the lead as the top-seeded Grizzlies — who trailed by 15 points with 5 minutes to go — rallied for an 84-83 Central Section Division I quarterfinal win at home against No. 8 Bakersfield. Nate Amundsen scored 18 points for Tri-River Athletic Conference champion Central and also forced a turnover in the final seconds as the Grizzlies escaped to earn a semifinal date at home Friday against Bullard, the division's three-year reigning champion. Central, which hasn't won a D-I title in boys basketball, defeated the Knights 70-66 on Jan. 17 at Fresno City College. B.J. Shelton scored 32 points for Bakersfield, which went 5-5 for a fourth-place tie in the Southwest Yosemite League. But he was held to one point total in the fourth quarter and OT while being defended often by Devon Givins. "I almost feel bad for (the Drillers)," said Central coach Tim Amundsen. "They outplayed us for 31/2 quarters. I'll take a one-point win, but we'll have to do some things to survive the rest of the way in the playoffs."

Austin Armstead scored 21 points, Kevin Howland-Woolridge had 19 and Quinn Rystad added 15 as No. 4 Bullard held off No. 5 Stockdale 77-73.

Sixth-seeded Edison — swept by No. 3 Clovis East during the regular season — bolted to a 20-5 first quarter lead behind Jamont Wilson's 10 points and pulled a stunning reversal by throttling the Timberwolves 78-45 on their home court. Tyquan Neal scored 15 of his points in the first half as the Tigers took command, 36-22, and were never threatened by the team that tied for second in the TRAC. Edison remained the aggressor in the second half as point guard Sergio Rocha scored 11 of his 13 points, including three 3-pointers.

Division II: Top-seeded Hanford, with Trent Reynolds scoring 22 points, eliminated No. 8 Ridgeview, 78-50. The Bullpups outscored the Wolf Pack 24-6 in the opening quarter.

D-III: Nine of Alex Uribe's 12 points came in the fourth quarter and Javier Celestino finished with 17 points and 18 rebounds as No. 4 Dinuba edged No. 5 Mission Oak 65-62. Xavier Jones scored 17 for the Emperors. The Hawks' Blake Shannon led all scorers with 29 points. Dinuba moves on to play at top-seeded Roosevelt, a 78-41 winner over No. 8 Porterville. The Rough Riders needed a half-court buzzer-beater to escape the first round against No. 16 Frontier, 56-53, but they took control against Porterville with a 24-12 first-quarter lead. Four Roosevelt players scored at least 14 points, including a game-high 22 from Keunte Howard. No. 2 Fresno withstood a late push by No. 7 West and held onto a 71-67 win behind Daryl Edwards' 34 points.

D-IV: A career-high 32 points for Anthony Zataray helped power No. 2 Coalinga — the 2013 D-IV runner-up — in a 75-54 win against No. 7 Caruthers. Khush Thind had 19 points in defeat for the Blue Raiders. Top-seeded Washington beat No. 8 Taft 86-39, with Shakor Major and William Blue scoring 20 each for the Panthers.

D-V: Elijah Valez scored 17 points and No. 3 Tranquillity outscored No. 6 Laton by 10 in the final quarter to pull out a 75-64 victory. Laton's Elijah Jimenez had 18 points.

SOFTBALL

Ariel Robles, Mireya Sanchez and Jerrica Brown hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to ignite Sanger's eight-run second en route to a 13-0 win against Sunnyside in three innings at the Edison Tiger Classic. Brown got the win and hit a home run to lead Sanger in a 4-3 win against Fresno in five innings. Fresno beat Sunnyside 9-7 as Vanessa Moffat batted 4 for with two RBIs and Reyna Martinez supplied three RBIs.

Bullard swept a nonconference doubleheader against Buchanan, prevailing 3-0 then 9-8 as Claudia Puente picked up both wins. In the nightcap, Bulllard's Jyllian Ahart went 2 for 4 with four RBIs.

At the Redwood Tournament, Memorial lost to Frontier 6-0 but beat Golden West 3-0 behind AJ Anguigna's eight strikeouts in a shutout.

BASEBALL

Luke Juarez hit a leadoff double to start a four-run sixth, then Sunnyside scored the winning run in the seventh to pull out a 6-5 win against Lemoore at the Fowler Tournament.

Fowler trailed until tying it with a run in the sixth, then won 2-1 over Liberty-Madera Ranchos at the Central Tournament on Josh Acosta's walk-off double in the seventh.

Coaches: Report scores and highlights at (559) 441-6379 or sports@fresnobee.com.

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