Alex Perez scored a game-high 24 points and Fresno City College opened its Tip-off Tournament with a 109-84 win Friday against Los Angeles Trade Tech.
The state No. 13 Rams (3-1) hit the 100 mark for the second straight game and will advance to the semifinals to face Bakersfield (3-1) at 7 p.m.
College of the Sequoias was bounced into the consolation bracket after a 79-52 loss to No. 3 San Francisco. McKenzie Moore had 17 points to lead the Rams (3-1). The Giants (2-2) were paced by 10-point efforts from Marquis Ransom and Jermaine Dansby.
Marcus Hall chipped in with 15 points and DeAndre Medlock added 12.
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DeSean Anderson and Jamie Trujeque both had 11 points for the Beavers.
In other games, Bakersfield beat Feather River 74-63 and Allan Hancock crushed Lassen 90-62.
Today: 1 p.m., COS vs. Lassen (0-4); 3 p.m., Feather River (1-3) vs. Los Angeles Trade Tech (0-2); 5 p.m., San Francisco vs. Hancock (3-1).
Dee Hugie scored the last of his 22 points on a 15-foot jumper to give San Diego Mesa a 66-65 victory over visiting Reedley in a nonconference game. John Hedrington had 16 points to lead the Tigers (1-1), who led 42-35 at the half.
Rams women to play for consolation title
Taryn Sayama's 23 points and eight rebounds lifted Fresno City to an 88-61 win over San Jose City and into today's consolation final of the Merced women's basketball tournament.
Tabitha Torres added 17 points and DeVaughna Jenkins 12 for the Rams (2-2), who face Merced at 10 a.m. San Jose City fell to 1-2.
Sunbirds drop match at water polo invite
Mateja Maksimovic's three goals weren't enough for Fresno Pacific in a 17-6 loss to No. 23 Concordia to open the College Water Polo Association National Invitational in Riverside.
The Sunbirds (10-23) play No. 17 Cal Baptist today.
Monsters lose on late goal to Avalanche
Mitch Kontny scored at the 15:14 mark of the third period and the Alaska Avalanche held on to beat the Fresno Monsters 2-1 to open a series at Selland Arena.
Neither team scored in the first two periods of the North American Hockey League game. Alaska's Jordan Watt broke the ice less than 3 minutes into the third. Kyle Sucher tied it 3 minutes later.
NBA player Pondexter hosts charity event
Former Memorial High star Quincy Pondexter of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets is holding a Thanksgiving Giveaway today to benefit the West Fresno Boys & Girls Club.
Pondexter, out of work during the NBA lockout, will be at the 11 a.m.-to- 1 p.m. event at the club, 930 Tulare St. in Fresno, where he will hand out Adidas shoe bags and other items to youths and provide a lunch. He's also asking for donations of canned goods and coats for the needy.
Hoover stars of past to be honored Sunday
Former Hoover High coach Tom Smith, along with Pat Riddlesprigger and members of the Patriots 1988 Central Section title team, will be honored at the school's third annual Boys Basketball Hall of Fame Dinner on Sunday at the Dante Club in Fresno.
Social hour begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. There will be silent and live auctions. Tickets: $25, through Hoover coach Nick French at (559) 355-2808.
Aleman to host bouts
Aleman Boxing Fresno will present a USA Boxing sanctioned amateur show at 1 p.m. today.
There will be Central Cal Association Silver Gloves semifinals, seven finals and up to 25 matches total.
In one semifinal, Aleman's Jorge Ruiz will face Fresno PAL's Jose Martinez in the 10-11 70-pound division. In a final, Fresno PAL's Marc Castro will face Clovis' Allen Medina Jr. in the 12-13 80-pound division.
Ex-featherweight champ Hector Lizarraga and ex-welterweight contender Ray Lovato are to attend, and there will be a final ten-count for the late heavyweight champ Joe Frazier.
The show is a fund-raiser for Aleman Boxing, with tickets $15 at the door. Action starts at 1 p.m.
Aleman Boxing Fresno is at 1229 Sierra Vista Ave.