Fresno City College is a step closer to another Central Valley Conference men’s basketball title after James O’Neal scored 19 points in the Rams’ 61-56 win at Porterville on Saturday night.
The Rams (24-3, 8-0), seeking a 14th consecutive CVC crown, hold a three-game lead over Sequoias and Columbia with four games remaining.
Nick Hilton chipped in with 17 points, hitting five 3-pointers to push his team-leading total to 56.
Tyrone Hall led the Pirates (6-16, 3-5) with 13 points.
• Michael Masrole scored 20 points and Columbia rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to win 64-52 at Reedley. Walter Orr scored 13 points and Shakor Major had nine points and seven rebounds for Reedley, which missed 9 of 16 free throws.
• Brantley Bynum scored 22 points and Chris Smith added 18 in Sequoias’ 81-59 victory over Merced. Deonta Woodard led the Blue Devils with 18 points.
COS closes in on CVC women’s hoops title
State-ranked No. 2 College of the Sequoias held Taft to 12 points in the second half for a 90-33 women’s basketball victory.
The Giants (24-3, 9-0) are two up on seven-time defending Central Valley Conference champ Fresno City with three games left.
Corissa Turley finished with a game-high 15 points for COS. Priscilla Wright was 5 for 8 from the floor while scoring 14 points.
Clovis wrestlers roll at NorCal tournament
Clovis, top-ranked in the state and No. 5 nationally, won 11 of 14 weight brackets while capturing its fifth-straight team title at the Mission San Jose Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Fremont.
The Cougars scored 371 points behind gold-medal runs by nationally second-ranked Justin Mejia (113 pounds), Brandon Martino (132), Khristian Olivas (138), Jared Hill (145), Isaiah Hokit (152), Dominic Kincaid (160), Josh Hokit (170), A.J. Nevills (182), Adam Prentice (195), Seth Nevills (220) and Hexton Coronado (285).
De La Salle-Concord (209.5) placed second and Buchanan (142.5) third. Central finished sixth and Redwood eighth in the 78-team tournament.
Buchanan’s Durbin Lloren, ranked second in the state at 126, dropped a weight and defeated state No. 5 Chris Deloza of Clovis North 12-1 for the 120-pound gold.
State No. 3 Olivas beat Redwood’s Isaiah Torres 5-2 in the 138 final, and No. 3 Prentice defeated No. 4 Young Woo An of Buchanan 11-5 for the 195 title.
Sunbirds men can’t keep up in road defeat
Fresno Pacific gave up 47 second-half points and lost 83-77 to St. Katherine in a nonconference men’s basketball game in Escondido.
The Firebirds (3-12) had five players score in double figures, led by LeSean Galbreath’s 15. Bobby Barnes had 19 points and six rebounds for Fresno Pacific.
Marr’s late goal gets Fresno Pacific a split
Emily Marr scored with less than a second to go as Fresno Pacific got its first women’s water polo victory of the season, a 4-3 win over Cal State Monterey Bay that salvaged a split at Sunnyside Aquatics Center.
The Sunbirds (1-6) lost 14-6 to Cal State Bakersfield (5-6), ranked No. 20 by the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
Mallory Rettig led the Sunbirds with three goals on the day. Courtney Hall totaled 21 saves.
Cal State Monterey Bay (2-7) lost to Cal State Bakersfield 12-6.
Rams softball team idled
Fresno City College had two road softball games canceled by the threat of rain.
The Rams were to play Delta and Ohlone in single games in Fremont. No makeup date was announced.