Hanford heat is too much for Monache in Division II boys championship game

Hanford heat is too much for Monache in Division II boys championship game

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Hanford heat is too much for Monache in Division II boys championship game

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The 2013-14 Central Section boys basketball season has been unpredictable every step of the way — especially in the Tulare-Kings Counties area.

So it’s probably only fitting that in a Division II title game that featured the West Yosemite League versus the East Yosemite League champion, a matchup that looked extremely competitive on paper, was a lopsided affair that lacked any game-defining drama.

The top-seeded Hanford Bullpups captured the Division II championship with a 70-55 win over the No. 2 Monache Marauders Friday night at Selland Arena.

The final 15-point margin suggests a sound win by the WYL champion Bullpups (25-5), but it really belies their game-long dominance — it could have easily been a 25-point-plus difference.

Hanford was awarded the No. 1 seed based on its WYL-title run that was fueled by outstanding defensive pressure. And it was that defensive pressure that left the Marauders (20-7) perplexed until the waning stages of the game.

Sharp shooting and 11 Monache second-quarter turnovers resulted in Hanford seizing a commanding 40-18 halftime lead.

Hanford guard Ryan Johnson buried all three of his 3-point attempts in the first quarter en route to the Bullpups owning a 20-8 lead at the end of the first. Hanford was 8-of-12 from the floor in the first quarter while the Marauders struggled at a 33-percent clip (4-of-12).

The Bullpups weren’t nearly as proficient with their shooting in the second quarter, but they made up for it by inducing turnover after turnover. Monache had just eight shots in the second quarter. Hanford’s lead was extended to 40-18 at halftime.

Monache was able to muster a couple of runs together in the second half, but not one would be considered threatening to Hanford’s stranglehold on the lead.

Johnson finished with 15 points, and Thomas Spinks added 10 points for Hanford. The Bullpups, not a team known for their shooting prowess, wound up 10-of-18 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Monache’s junior-guard duo of Steven Ringgold and Steven Ulloa provided the highlights for the Marauders. Ringgold had a game-high 17 points, and Ulloa had 11 points.

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