The Immanuel High boys basketball team split its two games last week, but collected the one that mattered when it came to the Central Sequoia League title chase.
The Eagles (10-5 overall) improved to 3-0 in CSL play with a 69-63 win over rival Dinuba High on Jan. 4 at IHS gym. They dropped a 66-58 decision at Sanger High on Jan. 5 in a Central Valley Showdown matchup, but still remain atop the league standings heading into the Friday, Jan. 11, game at Selma.
Senior forward-center Kaleb Daglish scored 21 point — 13 in the first half — to pace Immanuel, which broke a tie with four-and-a-half minutes left to build an eight-point lead before hanging on at the end.
Forward Winston Williams. who scored 18 points, hit a critical basket following an offensive rebound and added two free throws in the final minute. Dinuba's Luke Rodriguez led all scorers with 22 points and added 11 rebounds.
Immanuel jumped to the early lead against Dinuba, but the Emperors (14-4, 1-2) battled back from a seven-point deficit in the second quarter to briefly lead before halftime. The visitors later had a one-point lead later in the third and stayed close until Immanuel's decisive push in the fourth.
Against Sanger, Immanuel trailed by one point early in the third quarter before the host Apaches (10-3) went on a decisive 17-0 run. The Eagles, who defeated Sanger for the Division III title last March, could obey draw within seven points late in the game.
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