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Basketball highlights from Feb. 4

BOYS BASKETBALL

Grant Verhoeven delivered 30 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocks, powering ninth-ranked Central Valley Christian to a 71-50 nonleague rout of Mt. Whitney in a Visalia intracity game. Lance Van Grouw added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who are 20-2 and ranked No. 1 in Division IV a year after winning the Central Section's D-V title.

Sophomore Casey Blunt scored 23 points, with nine in the fourth quarter – including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 41 seconds left – as Sierra improved to 15-5 overall and stayed on Washington's heels in the North Sequoia League with a 67-61 win at Yosemite.

Mike Hill scored the game's first 14 points of the third quarter – making three 3s in the process – and finished with 20 points as No. 5 Bullard rolled up Sanger 70-20 in the County/Metro Athletic Conference. Patrick Pinkard, nephew of Sanger legend Tom Flores, scored 12 points, increasing his career total to 1,171 – second only to Jarred Contente's 1,629 (2000-02) in Apaches history.

Charlie Thompson made all six of his 3-pointers in a 20-point night that carried No. 3 Clovis West past No. 7 Clovis North 73-56 in the TRAC. Denzel Johnson and T.J. Jackson scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 18-4 overall while remaining in first place in the league with a 5-1 mark. Clovis North, also beaten 44-31 at home by Clovis West in the TRAC's first round, received 12 points apiece from Quinton Duckett and Ethan Lenox. The Broncos were coming off wins over Buchanan (63-61) and Clovis (60-39). They got within 10 points in the final four minutes before the Eagles responded with three consecutive 3s – two from Jackson and one from Thompson – to repel the charge.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

About three hours after scoring three goals in soccer, Elise Krieghoff led a Buchanan rally with 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter – including the go-ahead basket with 1:20 left – as the Bears overcame an eight-point deficit to defeat Central 47-42 in the TRAC.

Sophomore Morgan Darling, a day after scoring two goals in Bullard's 5-0 soccer win over Edison, scored 14 points to lead the Knights past Sanger 43-31 in the CMAC.

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