Tuesday Sports Central: Bulldog men overcome big deficit; Clovis West boys stay hot; Selland’s league games may not take place

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Fresno State men come back from 16 to win

FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State men’s basketball team managed just five field goals in the first half, but a spirited second-half effort allowed the Bulldogs to beat Utah State 61-54 Tuesday night at the Save Mart Center.

Fresno State (13-4, 3-1 Mountain West) trailed up to 16 points in the first half, and Utah State (10-8, 1-4 Mountain West) led 31-21 at the break.

“I thought going into the game our intensity and our communication weren’t there,” Bulldogs head coach Justin Hutson said. “We just weren’t sharp. Along the way we made a few changes but I thought we were just a bit more locked in.

The Bulldogs outshot the Aggies 40-23 in the second half, thanks to 56.5% shooting (13-23 FG) in the final 20 minutes.

Fresno State junior guard Deon Stroud was a big part of the win, as the former San Joaquin Memorial Panther came off the bench to score a game-high 14 points for the Bulldogs, including 12 after halftime. .

“My opportunity came tonight,” Stroud said. “Keep your head straight, keep your head cool. My teammates are doing a great job giving me the ball.

Anthony Holland added 13 points, including two big threes in the streak that helped the Bulldogs earn their first home win over the Aggies since Feb. 20, 2016, and only their second win in the last 11 meetings between the two schools. .

“I’m just trying to stay focused and finish the game strong,” Holland said. “Especially extra focus when it’s close.”

Bulldogs star forward Orlando Robinson had a quiet night in the scoring column (just 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting), but he also contributed 13 rebounds and six assists.

The win extended the Bulldogs’ home winning streak to nine straight to open the season — just about equaling the arena record set over two seasons in 2006.

The Bulldogs next travel to Nevada at 8:00 p.m. PT on Friday night.

Clovis West boys remain undefeated in TRAC

CLOVIS, Calif. — Many pundits have the Clovis West men’s basketball team as the highest-ranked team in the Central Section, and the Golden Eagles looked the part Tuesday night as they won 86- 68 against league rival Clovis East.

With the win, the Golden Eagles are now 21-1 this season and 3-0 in the TRAC. The Timberwolves fall to 12-9 overall and 1-2 in the TRAC.

Junior Isaac Martinez scored a team-high 25 points for Clovis West and senior Trey Carr added 13 points.

Central Section Championship games in Selland could be under threat

FRESNO, Calif. — It seems unlikely that the Central Section championship games will be played at Selland Arena at the end of February this season.

Fresno County Schools Superintendent Jim Yovino told Sports Central on Tuesday that the Fresno County Office of Education will not be able to help with the event this year due to all the uncertainty. surrounding the recent increase in COVID cases.

Yovino says each year, at no cost to the CIF, the FCOE has about 100 employees who help organize the two-day high school hoops extravaganza, which includes 12 boys’ and girls’ championship games over two days at Selland Arena in the center. -City of Fresno.

Yovino says that if the COVID numbers continue to rise, “it would be a logistical nightmare” to get all the different teams to Fresno safely, and that his office doesn’t “want to plan something and then have to pull the plug at the last minute.”

Yovino stressed that he likes the relationship that has developed between his organization, the city of Fresno and the CIF Central Section in regards to the championship games that take place in Selland each year, and hopes that the relationship will continue in the years to come.

Despite not having a partnership with the FCOE this year, in a text to Sports Central on Tuesday, Central Section commissioner Ryan Tos said: “We are still exploring other avenues to keep the finals going. at Selland Arena. Nothing is decided for the moment. »

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