James O’Neal scored 13 of his 20 points in the first half, pacing state-ranked No. 2 Fresno City College past Porterville 71-50 in a Central Valley Conference men’s basketball game.
The Rams (18-3, 2-0), never threatened, also received 10 points from Ryan Swain.
Tyrone Hall led the Pirates (4-12, 1-1) with 13 points.
• Marquell Hubbard finished with a game-high 23, including the last five points, in Columbia’s 62-56 victory over Reedley. Shakor Major led the Tigers with 14 points. The Claim Jumpers improved to 12-6 and 3-0; Reedley fell to 5-12, 1-2.
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NorCal No. 1 Sequoias women trounce Taft
College of the Sequoias, atop the NorCal rankings among the state’s women’s JC basketball teams for another week, had four players hit double figures led by Hannah Ramirez’s 17 in beating host Taft 76-35.
The Giants, who were No. 7 in the California Community College Women’s Basketball Coaches Association preseason poll that had Central Valley Conference rival Fresno City at No. 1, improved to 18-3 overall and 3-0 in the league. The Cougars fell to 7-9 and 1-1.
• Reedley center Dahlia Lopez recorded her first double-double of the season, posting team-highs of 18 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Tigers in a 71-57 win against West Hills in Central Valley Conference action.
Reedley also drained 7 of 12 3-pointers, with three coming from Keana Kaohimaunu, who finished with 10 points. West Hill’s Kalia Parker led all scorers with 20 points.
• Fresno City (13-7, 1-1), remaining at No. 8 in this week’s NorCal rankings, had a bye off Saturday’s home loss to Reedley and ahead of a 7 p.m. Saturday game at Porterville.
Aleman pair reaches Silver Glove Nationals
Aleman Boxing came away with two Silver Gloves U.S. Western Regional titles over the weekend in Pasadena.
Jesus Flores at 80 pounds and Jose Andrew Garcia at 139, both in the division for 12-13-year-olds, won their final bouts Saturday.
Garcia won a unanimous three-round decision over Marcus Hernandez of New Mexico and Flores a split decision over Dorian Khan of Arizona. They advance to the Silver Gloves Nationals from Feb. 3-7 in Independence, Mo. Aleman’s Jorge Ruiz finished with a silver.
The regional also included champions from Hawaii, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this report incorrectly listed College of the Sequoias women's basketball record as 18-0.