Clovis edges Dinuba in boys basketball OT shootout

Dinuba Holiday Classic girls tourney runs Dec. 21-23, Sanger West hoop teams get early start to league seasons

Dinuba High’s Josiah Ochoa, shown in action against Immanuel High at the Andrew Bedoya Classic earlier this month, scored 25 points including five 3-point baskets in the Emperors’ overtime loss to Clovis High on Dec. 15. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published December 18, 2023  • 
11:00 am

DINUBA — Overtime scoring heroics by Clovis High post player Jackson Scarborough sent the Dinuba High boys to their second basketball defeat of the season.

The Cougars’ 6-foot-9 sophomore forward wing poured in six of his team-high 24 points in the extra session, including the decisive basket near the end of a 63-61 victory at Dinuba High gym on Dec. 15. Clovis (6-6) had tied the game in the final seconds of regulation when guard Dilibe Allison drained a running 3-point basket.

The Emperors (10-2) led twice in overtime on a pair of baskets by Brice Watley (who finished with nine points), and tied the game for the final on a basket by Javier Torres (12 points) before Scarborough delivered the game-winner.

Junior guard Josiah Ochoa had a big night for Dinuba, sinking five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 25 points. The Emps drained nine shots from above the arc, two by guard Michael Espirito and one each by Torres and wing Angel Sanchez (seven points).

On Dec. 12, Dinuba rallied from a seven-point deficit entering the final quarter to defeat Redwood, 55-50, at DHS gym. Ochoa scored five of his 19 points in the fourth, and Torres dished off three of his five assists. Joseph Lopez added a 3-pointer and scored all four of his points.

Torres finished with 16 points while adding seven rebounds, Elijah Casas had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Rangers (6-6).

Dinuba hosts a Monday, Dec. 18 non-league game with Central in a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Emperors will be idle through Christmas before returning to action Wednesday, Dec. 27 against Monache High in the opening round of the Polly Wilhelmsen Tournament in Visalia.

In other scores from the past week:

Sanger 61, Hanford West 46  — At Hanford on Dec. 12, the Apaches (7-4) went on a 23-9 run in the third quarter to build a 23-point lead and cruise past the Huskies (2-9). Sanger had come off a 2-2 showing at the Lloyd Williams Kern Classic Tournament in Bakersfield on Dec. 7-9.

Sanger’s next game is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 against Centennial of Bakersfield on Dean Nicholson Court at SHS. The Apaches will open play in the three-day Clovis Elks Classic at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 against Merced High. All games will be played at Clovis High School.

Reedley splits four games, two in tourney  — Reedley High split four games last week, including two at the Madera South Tournament. The Pirates (3-5) routed Yosemite 75-34 on Dec. 15 before losing by a 57-53 score against Coalinga on Dec. 16. Reedley trailed by one entering the final quarter, but couldn’t catch the Horned Toads (6-3) at the end.

Reedley will take on Mariposa High at 6:30 p.m Friday, Dec. 22 at Madera South East Gym, then close out the tourney against an opponent to be determined on Saturday, Dec. 23. First, the Pirates have a Tuesday, Dec. 18 non-league game at Firebaugh (4-3) in a 6 p.m. start.

Back on Dec. 12, Reedley lost 74-63 at Madera and then held off Sanger West, 51-43, the next night at RHS.

El Capitan 70, Immanuel 67  — At Immanuel High South Gym on Dec. 12, the Eagles (7-4) were edged out by the visiting Gauchos from Merced in their lone game of the week. Tad Tibbett scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the final quarter, but the hosts couldn’t overcome a seven-point deficit entering the final eight minutes.

Guard Mikah Tolpezninkas scored 16 points while Tye Tibbett added 11 points for Immanuel, which hosts Kingsburg at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Before traveling to Lemoore High at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 After Christmas, the Eagles travel to Modesto to participate in the four-day Modesto Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 27-30.

Hornets open NYL season on Dec. 21 — Sanger West’s basketball team takes a 7-2 season record into its North Yosemite League opener on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. against Hoover (5-6). That’s followed by a Thursday, Dec. 21 road game at Madera South (1-4).

Sanger West routed Riverdale 66-31 on Dec. 12 before an eight-point loss at Reedley High two nights later.


Emperors host Washington Union in Classic opener — Dinuba High (3-6) will try to snap a two-game slide when it hosts the Panthers (2-6) on Thursday, Dec. 21, in the 7:30 p.m. opening round nightcap of the Dinuba Holiday Classic. The other first round matchup pits Orange Cove against Redwood at 6 p.m.

Friday’s round-robin schedule features Orange Cove-Washington Union at 6 and Dinuba-Redwood at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 23, the Emperors play the Titans at 1:30 p.m. after Redwood and Washington Union square off in a noon start. The Junior Varsity Classic runs Wednesday through Saturday Dec. 20-23, and features Dinuba and Orange Cove in the 12-school field.

Dinuba dropped its two games last week, losing 40-38 at home to Selma on Dec. 12 and then getting blasted 54-11 at Arroyo Grande (8-2) on Dec. 15. Orange Cove (0-9) lost 57-25 at Fowler (7-6) on Dec. 12.

Reedley 48, Sanger West 27  — At Sanger West gym on Dec. 14, the Pirates (8-7) blasted the Hornets (4-7) in a non-league matchup. Reedley was able to bounce back strong from a 58-30 loss at Kerman (7-1) on Dec. 12.

The Pirates will host their own Reedley Tournament on Dec. 28-30, opening against Yosemite High (5-3) in a 6:30 p.m. start on Thursday, Dec. 28. That will be Reedley’s final games before the start of Tri-County Conference Sequoia Division play on Jan. 9.

Sanger West, meanwhile, tips off its North Yosemite League season on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. with a road game at Hoover. The Hornets then host Madera South on Thursday, Dec. 21, also at 6:30 p.m.

Eagles lost road games at Fresno schools  — Immanuel High lost a pair of non-league games last week against Fresno schools; first falling 47-21 at Edison on Dec. 12 and then losing 43-37 at Sunnyside on Dec. 14. That followed a 1-3 showing in the Hoover Holiday Tournament for the Eagles (4-6).

A rugged early season tournament scheduled continues this week for Immanuel at the Buchanan Tournament on Dec. 21-23. After Christmas, the Eagles travel to Kern County to play in the Arvin Tournament on Dec. 28-30.

Sanger 66, Kingsburg 22  — At Kingsburg on Dec. 13, the Apaches (8-5) trounced the Vikings (2-9) behind another big performance by school career scoring leader Krista Sheaffer. Sanger has Buchanan Tournament games this week against Sierra on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 3:30 p.m. and Hanford on Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.


Central Valley-Ceres 5, Sanger 3  — On Dec. 15 at Tom Flores Stadium, the Apaches (4-3-2) were outscored 3-1 in the second half to drop a high-scoring cross-section clash against the Sac Joaquin Section Hawks (10-4-1) from Ceres.

The loss came two days after a 5-2 win at McLane, its County Metro Athletic Conference opener. Sanger will host Edison at 3 p.m. In a conference match on Monday, Dec. 18, then hosts Modesto High (3-3-2) on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and East Union from Manteca (7-4) on Thursday, Dec. 21. Starting times are noon and 11 a.m., respectively.

Wilson-Long Beach 3, Reedley 1 — In Long Beach on Dec. 16, the Pirates (6-2-1) fell two goals short in an inter-sectional matchup to the Southern Section’s Bruins (5-1-1). That came a day after another road test against Cabrillo-Long Beach (no results were received at deadline).

Earlier in the week, Reedley blanked Sunnyside High, 3-0, at RHS Soccer Complex on Dec. 12. The Pirates converted a pair of goals in the first half, and then Jose Magallon scored on a penalty shot in the second half while a solid defensive effort preserved the shutout of the Wildcats (6-5-2).

Reedley hosts Liberty-Madera Ranchos (1-8) at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Dinuba splits two matches — The Emperors (3-4) opened its week by beating Exeter 5-1 (getting four second half goals) on Dec. 12, then were blanked 4-0 at Santa Maria on Dec. 16. Dinuba will host Clovis East (5-4) in a 6 p.m. start Tuesday, Dec. 19 to close out the 2023 portion of its schedule.

The Emperors will play two road matches the first week of January before opening West Yosemite League play at Tulare Western High on Friday Jan. 12.


Apaches girls net two wins —Sanger High improved to 7-1-1 on the season with a home win over Clovis East (2-1 on Dec. 13) and a road triumph at Centennial-Bakersfield (2-1 on Dec. 15). Senior Andrea Alvarenga and freshman Genoveva Vaca scored the goals while junior goalkeeper Corynn Bravo collected five saves against Clovis East.

Alvarenga and junior Ari Avalos scored the goals against Centennial while Allyson Daniel and Isabella Grajeda assisted on the scores. The Apaches play El Diamante (7-5) in a 1:30 p.m. road match in Visalia on Monday, Dec. 18.

Dinuba 2-0-2 at Citrus Classic Showcase — In Exeter on Dec. 15-16, the Emperors (9-1-3) won twice and collected a pair of draws at the Citrus Classic Showcase for 2023. Dinuba defeated Corcoran (6-0 on Dec. 15) and host Exeter (1-0 on Dec. 16) and also tied Porterville twice (scoreless draw on Dec. 15, 1-1 on the 16th).

Dinuba hosts Lindsay (4-7) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 in its final 2023 match.

Reedley 5, Sanger West 1 — At Reedley Soccer Complex on Dec. 14, the Pirates (5-3-5) were led by sophomore Kimberly Garcia with two goals while sophomores Iliana Perez and Real Morales along with freshman Julia Vargas added goals.

The Pirates travel to Tulare Western (6-4-4) Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and then host Mt. Whitney (5-6-1) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21.

Jon Earnest