The Central Valley Christian boys basketball team suffered its first ever loss in four years of Central Sequoia League competition 54-49 Tuesday night in Dinuba, snapping a 52-game league winning streak dating back to its time in the East Sequoia League.
"We were talking about it in practice and the kids were up for the challenge," Dinuba head coach Jeff Schoefield said after his team's league opening win. "Our league is pretty competitive, so any win is important."
Ernesto Ruiz scored 18 points and made 12 rebounds for Dinuba (15-3, 1-0). Schoefield said it was the best rebounding performance of the season for his "scoring machine."
Aaron Taylor made an important 3-point shot in the game's final 30 seconds to help secure the victory. Javier Celestino scored 11 points.
Craig Kampen led Central Valley Christian (6-11, 0-1) with 12 points, followed by Trevor Dodge with 10.
Dinuba's next game is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kingsburg. Central Valley Christian's next game is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Exeter.
Tulare Western 87, Delano 81: The Mustangs began the 2013 East Yosemite League boys basketball season with an overtime win over the Tigers.
Alec Denney scored nine of his 17 points in the extra period to lead Tulare Western (4-12, 1-0). Kobe Portillo had a team-high 21 points for the Mustangs.
"These kids have set some goals for themselves going into league, and they came out with some of the best energy they've had all season," Tulare Western coach Keith Rickard said. "It definitely feels good to start EYL with a win."
Also reaching double figures in points for Tulare Western were Mohamed Abdullah with 14 points, Robin De Shazer with 12 points and David Booker with 13 points.
Tulare Union 67, Monache 45: The Redskins extended their EYL winning streak to 51 straight games by downing the Marauders in an EYL opener at Sim Iness Gymnasium.
Also reaching double figures for Tulare Union (14-3, 1-0) were Oscar Reyes with 12 points and Jalen Love with 10 points.
"We talked about it, and the streak is what it is," Tulare Union coach Mark Hatton said. "I told the team, 'The streak is going to end sometime, but it doesn't have to end this year.' We could embrace it, and play as if we have nothing to lose. We were sluggish in the first half, but I was really proud of our effort in the third quarter."
Mission Oak 71, Porterville 26: The Hawks opened their quest for the EYL championship with a road win over the Panthers in Porterville.
Blake Shannon had a game-high 22 points for Mission Oak (14-3, 1-0). Austin Molezzo added 18 points, and Matt Zorn finished with 13 points.
Farmersville 61, Orange Cove 31: Jose Del Real scored 20 points and the Aztecs opened East Sierra League play with a win over the Titans.
Greg Torres added 12 points for the Aztecs (9-7, 1-0).
Tulare Union 3, Porterville 1: The Redskins remained perfect in EYL play with an overtime win over the Panthers at Bob Mathias Stadium.
Lynzee Gilliland scored in regulation for Tulare Union (11-6-3, 3-0), and also scored its first goal in overtime. Kaitlyn Sartuche also scored for the Redskins.
CVC 3, Dinuba 0: The Cavaliers improved to 3-0 in CSL play with a shutout of the Emperors.
Lauren te Velde, Kayla Stock and Mariah Gonzales each scored For CVC (6-7-2, 3-0). Nicole Bouvia had two assists.
Lindsay 2, Sierra Pacific 0: Jannely Rangel scored twice to lead the Cardinals (5-10, 2-1) over the Golden Bears in East Sequoia League action.
Tulare Western 3, Mission Oak 1: Fernando Estrada scored two second-half goals and the Mustangs defeated the Hawks in an East Yosemite League match at Mission Oak.
Estrada was assisted by Adam Garcia on his first goal and Gustavo Carranza on his second goal.
Garcia also scored for Tulare Western (7-6-3, 2-1).
Goalkeeper Jorge Rosales had seven saves for the Mustangs.
Tulare Western (7-6-3, 2-1) hosts Monache on Thursday.
The Hawks will play Tulare Union, which lost 3-1 to Porterville, on Thursday.
Farmersville 2, McFarland 1: Freddy Vazquez scored a goal and assisted another to lead the Aztecs to an East Sierra League win over the Cougars in Farmersville.
"McFarland is a very strong team," Farmersville head coach Michael Jordan said. "They are very athletic, very fast. They are always very competitive. We stayed calm and put the pressure on."
Vazquez scored at the 21' mark on a penalty kick. McFarland then tied the game at 38' before Vazquez assisted the winning goal by Moises Hernandez at the 68' mark.
"(Vazquez) is dangerous in front of the net," Jordan said. "He created the second goal with his dribbling and unselfish play."
Farmersville (13-3-1, 2-0) next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday against Lindsay in Farmersville.
Dinuba 2, CVC 1: Case Knevelbaard scored for the Cavaliers (8-7, 1-2) in their CSL loss to the Emperors.
Monache 53, Tulare Union 38: Emily Hardin had 18 points to lead the Marauders over the Redskins in an EYL opener in Porterville.
Binny Bhakta paced Tulare Union (9-8, 0-1) with 18 points. Na'Chelle Terry added nine points.
Strathmore 32, Woodlake 27: Vianay Gonzalez scored 13 points and the Spartans opened East Sequoia League play with a win over the Tigers.
Coby Duffin added 11 points for Strathmore (6-12, 1-0).
Erika Edwards scored nine points to lead Woodlake (4-8, 0-1).
Dinbua 51, CVC 33: The Emperors defeated the Cavaliers to open the Central Sequoia League season.
Cassidee Angangan led Dinuba with 18 points.
CVC was led by Kristin Stone's 19 points.