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Friday, Mar 07 2014 06:43 PM

Eagles stifle KV, inside and out

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Kern Valley's Cody Little brings down a rebound in front of Immanuel's Lance Henderson at the CIF Boy's Central Section Division V Championship.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Kern Valley's Cody Little looks to pass while being guarded by Immanuel's Darrin Persona at the CIF Boy's Central Section Division V Championship.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Zach Heffner of Kern Valley advances the ball against Immanuel's Kyle Hurt.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Kern Valley's Dalton Gallis drives around Immanuel's Kyle Hurt at the CIF Boy's Central Section Division V Championship.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Kern Valley center Brennen Medley passes off to teammate Zach Heffner in the CIF Boy's Central Section Division V Championship against Immanuel. The Broncos lost 64-34.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    The Kern Valley Broncos wait to accept the runner-up plaque after losing to Immanuel in the CIF Boy's Central Section Division V Championship game in Fresno.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

FRESNO -- Reedley-Immanuel came into Friday's Division V boys final with superior height, shooting skills and athleticism compared to Kern Valley.

The Eagles quickly capitalized, building a 13-2 lead early and pulling away from there in a 64-34 win, Immanuel's 11th boys basketball section title in the school's history.

"We played some good teams to get us ready for this, but Immanuel by far is the best team we've faced this year," said Kern Valley coach Brian Christianson.

Immanuel (22-6) pounded the ball inside to its bigger players and used a solid, ball-hawking defense to stymie the Broncs (15-11).

"They were quicker, faster," said Broncs junior forward Dalton Gallis, who had a team-high 14 points.

Immanuel's efficient offense created good shots inside and the Eagles also shot well from the perimeter.

Immanuel senior guard Kyle Hurt, who has more than 60 3s this season, was 4-of-9 from long range and finished with a game-high 18 points.

The Eagles' inside muscle was provided by freshman center Darrin Pearson Jr., who hit 6-of-9 shots and had 16 points while adding a game-high 11 rebounds.

Kern Valley had a rough start to its day when its buses were forced to take a detour off Highway 99. Christianson said that was because of a bomb scare that made the buses travel to Shafter, then Wasco and then back to Highway 99. "But we're used to traveling," he said.

Kern Valley is in its first season in the Central Section. It made the playoffs before in the rugged Southern Section.

"We'd face teams as tough as Immanuel in the first round," Christianson said.

"We love coming here," he added. "This is a great experience. Our kids were all excited. This was the experience of a lifetime. They laid the foundation for the future. We'll be more prepared because of this experience."

Christianson said he had scouted Immanuel earlier this year but still came away impressed Friday.

"They were firing on all pistons tonight," he said.

Immanuel had a 44-31 rebounding edge with 19 offensive boards and forced 18 Kern Valley turnovers.

Immanuel's defense gave Kern Valley few open looks.

The Broncs had only two field goals in each of the first two quarters and three in the third. Kern Valley scored five, eight and seven points in the first three quarters, respectively, and finally reached double figures when Immanuel went to its backups for the fourth quarter.

Kern Valley began the game with five turnovers on its first eight possessions.

"We were a little nervous in the beginning," Christianson said.

It was 32-13 at halftime and 49-20 after three quarters.

 

Div. V boys championship

No. 1 Immanuel 64, No. 2 Kern Valley 34

KERN VALLEY (15-11)

Gallis 5-24 4-4 14, Lingenfelter 3-3 0-1 7, Little 0-3 1-4 1, Jo.Gould 0-2 1-2 1, Heffner 0-4 0-0 0 Onstott 0-0 0-0 0, Bushling 0-3 2-2 2, Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Ju.Gould 0-1 0-0 0, Medley 2-4 0-0 4 Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Wagner 0-0 0-0 0, Flynn 2-2 1-2 5. Totals 12-46 9-15 34.

IMMANUEL (22-6)

Wilson 0-3 0-0 0, Person 6-9 4-6 16, Horn 2-9 0-2 6, Hurt 6-13 2-2 18, Lizaola 0-3 2-5 2 Hofmans-Montgomery 1-1 0-0 2, Dodd 1-1 0-0 2, Edwards 1-1 0-0 2, Henderson 3-8 2-2 8, Aluisi 0-1 0-0 0, Schellenberg 2-2 1-2 7, Wilker 0-1 0-0 0, Baker 0-1 1-2 1, Bakker 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 12-21 64.

K. Valley 5 8 7 14--34

Imman. 13 19 17 15--64

3-point goals--KV 1-8 (Lingenfelter 1-1, Bushling 0-1 Jo.Gould 0-2, Gallis 0-4), Imm 8-23 (Hurt 4-9, Horn 2-7, Schellenberg 2-2, Wilker 0-1, Wilson 0-2, Lizaola 0-2). Total fouls--KV 15, Imm 19. Fouled out--none. Rebounds--KV 31 (Lingenfelter, Medley 6), Imm 44 (Person 11). Assists--KV 4 (4 tied with 1), Imm 15 (Horn, Dodd 3). Turnovers--KV 18, Imm 12.

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