Dominic Cruz-Duncan and Justin Johnson combined to make 12 of 17 field-goal attempts and score 25 points as NAIA No. 2-ranked Concordia shot 50% as a team and clinched outright the Golden State Athletic Conference men's basketball title with a 63-59 win at Fresno Pacific.
The Eagles (27-2, 18-2) built a 13-point lead with 4:46 remaining, but had the lead reduced to four with 25 seconds to go before Terrence Worthy's two free throws made it 62-56 with 19 seconds showing.
The loss could hurt the postseason chances for Fresno Pacific (22-7, 12-7), which arrived tied for fourth place in the conference. Coach Jim Saia believes four GSAC teams will advance for sure to the NAIA national tournament and possibly a fifth.
"Our kids fought hard, but we didn't make enough offensive plays," Saia said. "And we had a couple of breakdowns in the second half, when we didn't get defensive stops after we scored."
The Sunbirds, who will close the GSAC's regular season at home Monday against The Master's at 7:30 p.m., received 14 points from Todd Brown, 12 apiece from Jesse Childs and James Lewis, and 10 from Adrian Hernandez. They shot 32.7% from the field.
Sunbirds women rally
Jessica Torrecillas scored 16 points and Jessica Mazza and Michele Rebozzi added 13 each in the second half as the Fresno Pacific women outscored Concordia 53-37 to win 84-77.
Torrecillas, making 9 of 19 shots from the field and all 10 free throws, finished with 28 points for the Sunbirds (8-21, 5-14). Rebozzi and Mazza had 19 and 14 as Pacific shot 96.2% from the free-throw line (25-of-26) and 53.8% from the field (28-of-52).
Nicole Fu made 15 of her 29 points to power the Eagles to the 40-31 first-half lead.
Rams stunned in NorCal
Fresno City's women's basketball season came to a shocking close when the second-seeded Rams lost 96-86 at home to No. 18 Sierra in the Northern California playoffs.
Brandi Stephens scored 24 points and the Wolverines (16-14) shot 52% from the field while upgrading a game that had seen them place fifth with a 7-7 record in the Big 8 Conference.
Sumiya Darden delivered 23 points and 19 rebounds for Fresno City (23-7), which won the Central Valley Conference with a 10-0 mark and had won 13 straight.
"I knew it was a trap game for us," Rams coach Brian Tessler said. "I knew how big and aggressive they were. My biggest fears were our pressure wouldn't bother them because they would throw over the top, which they did; and they would limit us to one shot, which they did for most of the night."
- College of the Sequoias, the 12th seed, lost at No. 5 San Joaquin Delta 81-57, eliminating both CVC teams from the playoffs.
JC teams, Fresno Pacific tennis lose out to rain
Fresno City and COS had CVC baseball home games postponed until Monday because of wet field conditions.
The Rams will face Taft at 3 p.m. and Porterville will play Sequoias at 2 p.m.
- Fresno City and COS softball games this weekend at Sacramento City were rained out, according to the Sac City Web site. No makeup dates were announced. Fresno City also was scheduled to play San Jose City on Saturday; COS was to have played Sacramento and DeAnza on Sunday.
- Fresno Pacific's men's and women's tennis matches at Point Loma Nazarene were washed out in San Diego and rescheduled for Monday, according to the Point Loma athletics Web site. Both are to be played at 2 p.m. The Sunbirds women are seeking their 58th consecutive GSAC victory, which would tie the all-time conference record set by Azusa Pacific's men's tennis team from 2002-08.
Clovis driver Meyers collects World of Outlaws feature win
Jason Meyers of Clovis rallied from a ninth-row start to win his 36th World of Outlaws A feature race and $10,000 Friday at the Las Vegas Super Sprint Classic.
Meyers said the 30-lap victory at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was special because his team was mourning the death of crew chief D.J. Lindsay's father-in-law, Jim Boyd.
"D.J.'s wife asked me to go out and win this one tonight, and I told her I would do my best," Meyers said on the World of Outlaws Web site. "This one was for the entire Boyd family."
Meyers battled 20-time Outlaws champion Steve Kinser and defending series winning Donny Schatz to the finish. Kinser was second and Schatz third.
Kinser leads the points chase with 446, followed by Schatz (444), Joey Saldana (434) and Meyers (430).
Meyers has finished second in points three times in his career including each of the past two seasons and has five top-five point finishes in his career with the World of Outlaws.
The Outlaws' next stop comes next weekend at Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. The West Coast Late Models (Friday) and USAC West Coast 360 Sprints (Saturday) are the support classes.