With an impressive alley oop dunk from Nick Huante to Tiveon Stroud that got the crowd on its feet early, the Selma Bears boys basketball team began its Central Sequoia League play defeating the Exeter Monarchs 77-43.

Senior Anoop Grewal and freshman William Pallesi led scoring for the Bears with 16 points each. Manny Singh added 10 points. Grewal also added 16 rebounds in the game, while Stroud had five points and 11 rebounds in the game. 

Selma jumped out to a 21-5 lead after one quarter of play and extended its lead to 41-17 at halftime. The Bears did not let up in the second half as they outscored the Monarchs 36-26 to win the game 77-43 and move to 1-0 in the CSL and 13-4 overall on the season.

Selma hosted the Immanuel Eagles on Jan. 23 at Selma High School in an early league season matchup of perhaps the two best teams in the league.

Selma came out and kept pace with Immanuel in the first quarter of play trailing 23-15 after one quarter. Immanuel outscored Selma 20-10 in the second quarter to take an 18 point halftime lead at 43-25.

The Eagles came out strong in the third quarter extending their lead to 66-42 after three quarters of play before going on to win the game 82-57.

Grewal led the way with 15 points in the game for the Bears, while Pallesi added 12 points and Tiveon Stroud had 11 points. 

Selma falls to 13-5 overall on the season and 1-1 in the CSL. The Bears travel to Dinuba High School today, Jan. 28, before returning home to host Central Valley Christian on Friday, Jan. 30. 

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You can reach this reporter at caguirre@selmaenterprise.com

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