Fresno City College, the state’s No. 2-ranked men’s basketball team, broke free from what was a tight affair at halftime to beat visiting West Hills 85-66 in a Central Valley Conference game.
Brandon Shelton scored 14 of his 18 points after halftime as the Rams improved to 19-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference ahead of Wednesday’s 5 p.m. game at Reedley. West Hills is 7-13 and 1-2.
Fresno City led 36-35 at the break, but a 9-0 run early in the second half helped the Rams pull away.
• Tyrone Hall scored 16 points and Porterville was rarely challenged in beating Reedley 65-58. The Pirates improved to 5-12 and 2-1. Walter Orr scored 19 for the Tigers (5-13, 1-3).
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Sequoias women stay perfect in CVC
Sequoias’ NorCal top-ranked women’s basketball team kept rolling, limiting Merced to 11 field goals in a 65-31 CVC victory.
Vanessa Mancera had 17 points and four assists for the Giants, who improved to 19-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference with their sixth straight victory after a 2-2 stretch that included a pair of losses — by one and five points — to state top-ranked Mt. San Antonio (21-0) in tournament play.
• Fresno City closed the first half on a 28-2 run en route to an 81-30 win over Porterville. Jordan Whitfield scored 17 for the Rams (14-7, 2-1), the seven-time defending champs who travel to Sequoias on Wednesday.
• Jackie Robles hit three of Reedley’s five 3-pointers and scored 17 points as the Tigers improved to 11-9 overall and 3-1 in the CVC with a 68-42 win over Taft.
Bulldogs swimmers, divers sweep past Beach Cup meet opponents
Fresno State’s swimming and diving team won its own Beach Cup for the second straight year, with the two-day meet wrapping up Saturday afternoon at the Aquatics Center.
The Bulldogs compiled 887 points to finish atop a field that included San Diego (549), Loyola Marymount (443) and Pepperdine (218).
Junior Brooke Rodriguez swam a season-best 1:03.65 to win the 100 breaststroke — ninth best among Mountain West swimmers this season. Hailee Baldwin was third and later won the 200 breaststroke in 2:20.15.
“I am really happy with the meet today,” Fresno State head coach Jeanne Fleck said. “For how cold it was today for us to compete as well as we did is great. It wasn’t just one person, it was a lot of people swimming well, so I was really happy.”
Sophomore Esme Gullick won the 400 individual medley by more than 3 seconds, finishing in 4:26.75.
Among other standouts, junior Kelly Simmons won the 1,650 freestyle in a season-best 17:09.08, ranking 14th in the Mountain West this season.
Fresno State divers finished 1-2 in the 3-meter. Sophomore Shelbie Holden scored a 296.25 and junior Lacie Ruth a lifetime-best 272.02.
PacWest women’s hoops power Hawaii Pacific tops Sunbirds
Fresno Pacific fell to the top team in the Pacific West Conference women’s basketball race for the second time in a week, this one a 96-66 loss to visiting Hawaii Pacific.
Morganne Comstock scored 28 points to lead the Sharks (14-2, 9-0), who shot 51% and outrebounded Fresno Pacific 47-29.
Keairra White had 18 points for the Sunbirds (2-11, 2-6) and Megan Lee 17.
Fresno Pacific men fall short
Trevor Clayton’s two free throws cut a one-time 15-point deficit to three with 1:40 left, but that’s as close as Fresno Pacific would get in a 63-58 PacWest Conference men’s basketball loss to visiting Hawaii Pacific.
Clayton finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds, while Bobby Barnes scored 16 points to lead the Sunbirds (5-10, 1-7).
The Sharks (11-4, 6-3) got 18 points from Justin Long.
Monsters pour it on for WSHL win
Mike Nolan and Parker Olson each scored twice as the Fresno Monsters routed the Arizona Redhawks 11-1 to complete a three-game Western States Hockey League sweep at Gateway Ice Center.
Fresno outshot Arizona 77-11 while improving to a Western Division-leading 29-4-0-1.