Fresno City men roll to victory in CVC opener
Brandon Shelton scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half, leading state-ranked No. 3 Fresno City past College of the Sequoias 97-72 in a Central Valley Conference men’s basketball game Saturday night in Visalia.
James O’Neal had 17 points, Dejon Burdeaux 12 and Anthony Ballestero 11 points for the Rams, who after a bye on the opening day of conference play Wednesday picked up their first CVC win and improved to 17-3 overall.
Brantley Bynum finished with 27 points for the Giants (7-11, 0-2).
• Elsewhere in the CVC, Columbia beat West Hills 81-70 to improve to 11-6 and 2-0. Reedley extended Merced’s losing streak to 11 games, edging the Blue Devils 66-64.
Reedley women pull off stunner over Fresno City
It’s way early, but Fresno City College’s reign in Central Valley Conference women’s basketball could already be in jeopardy.
Lindsay Juarez’s layup with 17 seconds left gave Reedley a 63-61 lead and Jacqueline Robles made two free throws to seal the Tigers’ 65-61 victory against the state’s 19th-ranked and seven-time defending CVC champion Rams.
It was Brian Tessler’s first loss against his old team since taking over at Fresno City in 2007-08. A year ago, the Rams saw their seven-year, 68-game CVC winning streak ended by Merced, but they still won.
The Rams (13-7, 1-1) had an eight-point lead with over 6 minutes left before the Tigers (9-9, 1-1) rallied.
Robles finished with a game-high 22 points.
• Hannah Ramirez had 18 points to pace No. 2 College of the Sequoias over West Hills-Lemoore 62-44. Corissa Turley finished with 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Giants (17-3, 2-0). Samantha Earl led the way for the Golden Eagles (13-5, 1-1) with 13 points.
Fresno State swims past Cal State East Bay
Fresno State won 10 of 14 events to beat Cal State East Bay 137-101 in a dual meet at the Aquatics Center.
The Bulldogs started with a win in the 200 medley relay as Esme Gullick, Brooke Rodriguez, Tarryn Rennie and Leah Hatayama finished in 1:47.29, nearly 5 seconds ahead of the Pioneers, who were third behind the Bulldogs’ other relay team.
Anchor leg swimmer Hatayama swam to individual victories in the 100 (52.45 seconds) and 200 freestyle (1:56.14). Other multiple winners were Gullick and Rodriguez, who won the 100 butterfly (58.59) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.36), respectively. Freshman Casey Kenneman won the 200 butterfly (2:08.56) and 500 free (5:08.40).
Fresno State returns to the pool Friday when it hosts Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and San Diego for the 2015 Beach Cup.
Sunbirds men’s basketball team loses in final seconds
A foul in the final seconds cost the Fresno Pacific men’s basketball team the game, as the Sunbirds lost 57-56 to Hawaii Pacific in a Pacific West Conference game in Honolulu.
With 8 seconds left, Madison Higgins drained a 3-pointer to put the Sunbirds ahead 56-55 and within reach of snapping their seven-game losing streak.
But a foul by junior guard Roger Paul with 3 seconds left sent the Sharks’ Darry Jones Jr. to the line, where he would make the first to tie it and second for the win.
Fresno Pacific had one final chance, but Trevon Clayton missed a potential game-winning shot from long range as time expired.
Higgins finished with 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Sunbirds (5-9, 1-6), who have now lost eight in a row.
Fresno Pacific was buried at front-running Hawaii Pacific, falling 77-40. The Sharks (13-2, 8-0) jumped to a 15-2 lead. The Sunbirds (2-10, 2-5) made just 26.8% (15 of 56) of their field-goal attempts and were led by Dakota McLarnon’s 10 points.
Bad air cancels Sunbirds swim meet at Clovis East
Fresno Pacific canceled its swimming and diving dual meet at Clovis East High, which was to have included Cal Baptist, Concordia and Colorado Mesa, because of poor air quality, the school announced.
The meet may be rescheduled.