It was a tough night for the Kingsburg boys basketball team, as they drop to 8-9 after a 74-47 loss to Clovis at home on Friday Jan. 5.

Jeremy Ray, Ryan Flippo and Logan Bynum were notable Vikings performers against Clovis. Ray led the team in scoring with 19 points, Flippo scored 10, and Bynum added eight.

After the loss, Kingsburg head coach Todd Brown said he was proud of his team’s overall effort, but they have a list of things to improve on.

“When teams are going to press, it should give us an advantage,” Kingsburg head coach Todd Brown said after the loss. “So we just got to work on that.”

This week, the Vikings will begin Central Sequoia League play against Exeter at home on Thursday.

Brown expects the CSL schedule to be competitive and said “everybody got better.”

“I’m expecting all the games to be a fight,” Brown said. “It’s a tough league.”

The CSL includes two teams who won a Valley championship last year including Selma (CIF Div. III) and Immanuel (CIF Div. IV). Kingsburg are scheduled to play Selma on Jan. 26 and Feb. 13 and the Vikings will play Immanuel on Jan. 23 and Feb. 9.

As far as competing for a title or a playoff berth, Brown said the league schedule will tell how far the team goes.

“There’s really some good teams in D 4,” Brown said. “A lot of teams in our league are better than we’ve seen at times [this season]. League will kind of tell us if we could play in the playoffs if we compete with those teams.”

After Kingsburg takes on Exeter this week, the Vikings will head to Edison high and play against Lemoore as part of Edison’s sixth annual Super Saturday this weekend.

Jeremiah Martinez can be reached at 583-2413 or jmartinez@hanfordsentinel.com