Senior Nate Kendricks scored a game-high 31 points to lead Immanuel High past Sanger 68-57 in a Central Section Division III championship game Saturday.
The win gives the Eagles their fifth straight section title, according to section historian Bob Barnett. The Eagles won three straight in Division IV and one in Division V.
“I’m extremely happy right now just because we were able to get it done,” said Kendricks, a 6-foot guard who eclipsed 2,000 points for his career at Immanuel. “We knew we worked too hard to just let this go. We just brought it together as a team and came through.”
Sanger suffers another heartbreak. Last season, the Apaches fell to Selma 58-42 in the finals.
It looked like Sanger was going to get its first section title Saturday, leading by as many as 17 points, but Immanuel chipped away in the second half and took the lead for good on Jordan Rodriguez’s basket in the fourth quarter for a 51-49 lead.
Kendricks, a Fresno Pacific recruit whose uncle Mychael Kendricks won the Super Bowl last month with the Philadelphia Eagles, said his fourth section title is the sweetest.
Both Immanuel and Sanger are 20-11 overall.