The team loaded with veteran talent, the one down 17 early in the third, passed the ball to a sophomore in a tie game with 18 seconds remaining and said, let ’er rip.
And, sure enough, Adrian Antunez calmly worked 8 seconds off the clock, drove from far atop the key, released a floater, then received a friendly bounce off the rim and in with 0.5 seconds left as Central Section No. 1 Clovis West escaped 63-61 in a Tri-River Athletic Conference boys basketball opener at No. 9 Clovis North.
“I was hot so they gave me the ball and I did what I was supposed to do,” said Antunez, who scored on four such floaters in the fourth while finishing with 17 points.
Michael Orlich, a three-year starting point guard who inbounded the ball to Antunez, made five 3-pointers in a 19-point night for Clovis West (12-4), which trailed 44-27 early in the third quarter. Sophomore Jahvon Johnson scored 23 points for Clovis North (8-9), whose coach, Tony Amundsen, was denied his 200th win in an 11-year career that began at Central and Bullard.
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dropped 19 points as No. 14 Bullard opened County/Metro Athletic Conference play with a 69-40 win over Madera.
• Jalonni McCorvey’s 17 points sent No. 13 Sunnyside to its fifth straight win at home, a 66-52 defeat of McLane to open the North Yosemite League. … Also in NYL, Brandon Hayes sank three 3-pointers as Roosevelt jumped out to a 14-point first half lead and cruised past Reedley 55-38.
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scored twice as The Bee’s section No. 1 and national No. 8 Buchanan rolled past Clovis East 6-2 in the TRAC. …Trey Sena
scored in overtime to send No. 3 Clovis North over No. 12 Clovis 2-1, whileJavi Berber’s
two goals carried No. 14 Central over Clovis West 3-1.
• SophomoreIsaiah Soto
scored his first varsity goal in the 65th minute , assisted byChristian Cline
, to give No. 13 Bullard the lead for good en route to a 3-1 CMAC win over Madera South.
scored in the second half as Hoover edged Roosevelt 2-1 in the NYL. …Anthony Lopez
’s winner lifted Sunnyside to a 2-1 win over No. 11 Fresno.
scored off a feed fromAntonio Gonzalez
5 minutes into as Riversale improved to 9-3-1 and 2-0 in the West Sequoia League with a 1-0 win against Caruthers.
came up with a point blank save early in the second half, andAshtyn Bracamonte
’s 10th goal of the season with roughly 12 minutes left lifted section No. 1 and national No. 14 Central over No. 15 Clovis West 1-0 in the TRAC. … Third-ranked Buchanan rode goals fromElisa Solderholm
to a 3-0 win over No. 14 Clovis East.
scored off a deflection with 2 minutes left to send North Sequoia League co-leading Liberty-Madera Ranchos past Washington 2-1.
led 12 Clovis West scorers with 13 points as the No. 1 Golden Eagles rolled past No. 5 Clovis North 69-40 in the TRAC.
made four 3-pointers en route to scoring 14 points in No. 20 Sanger’s 61-29 CMAC win over Madera South.
scored 13 points and No. 14 Yosemite survived two potential tying shots in the final 4 seconds during a 38-36 North Sequoia League-opening win over No. 12 Sierra.