CVC among first-round winners at Clovis Elks
Central Valley Christian High used a 32-point fourth quarter to rally for an 81-76 victory over Hoover on Saturday on the first day of the Clovis Elks Christmas Classic boys basketball tournament.
The Cavaliers (7-0) trailed 56-49 through three quarters.
Grant Verhoeven led CVC with 31 points. The Cavaliers advance to face Gahr-Cerritos at 5 p.m. Monday. Dupree Hall had 31 for Hoover.
Tournament host Clovis also rallied from behind in the fourth quarter, turning a five-point deficit into a 52-50 victory over Bakersfield behind 13 points from Donnell Vercher and 12 from Drew Dockweiler. The Cougars face Royal-Simi Valley at 8 p.m. Monday.
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Two other area teams won close games as Jackson Carbajal scored four of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help Buchanan hold off Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks 64-61, and Bryce Martinho scored 17 as Memorial edged Palm Springs 51-48.
In other games, Mike Hill scored 14 points in Bullard's 56-53 loss to Stockdale, and Jordan Batts had 18 points in Edison's 67-57 loss to Royal.
Clovis East, Central boys roll to victories in Modesto
The Clovis East and Central high boys basketball teams opened the Modesto Christian Tournament with wins.
Five players scored in double figures, led by Saig Horn's 22, as top-seeded Clovis East cruised past Ripon 90-49 in a 16-team tournament that features several of the state's top teams, including Centennial-Compton, Fremont and Skyline-Oakland.
Kevin Bailey (13), Robert Sandoval (12), Antwoun Whitfield (11) and Davonte Voss (10) also scored in double figures for the Timberwolves (8-3), who face Centennial at 4 p.m. Monday.
Central rolled over Oakland Tech 80-53 behind Teshi Ghuman's 19 points, Rakim Brown's 15 points and Anthony Trammell's 11 points. The Grizzlies (8-1) play at 7 p.m. Monday against Lincoln-San Diego or Jordan-Los Angeles.
Clovis West wins on coast
Jason Ritchey scored 26 points and Clovis West High limited Burroughs-Burbank to six first-quarter points during the Golden Eagles' 70-56 victory at the Santa Barbara Holiday Classic.
Denzel Johnson had 14 points and Nikos Natsues scored 13 for Clovis West (7-2).
Bullpup earns state honor
Hanford High basketball star Taylor Spikes was named ESPN RISE calhisports.com state girls athlete of the week.
The 5-foot-7 senior guard was recognized for her role in leading the Bullpups to the title of the Corcoran Tournament. She sank 24 3-pointers over four games, including six as Hanford tied a state record with 21 3s in a tournament-opening win over Central on Dec. 16. Yosemite also made 21 3-pointers in a 2006 game.