Indio boys' basketball tops Palm Springs, back in second

Indio boys' basketball tops Palm Springs, back in second

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Indio boys' basketball tops Palm Springs, back in second

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The Indio High School boys’ basketball team was able to even the season series at one game apiece against Palm Springs on Tuesday, with a 64-58 victory at home.

The win, coupled with a Xavier Prep upset of La Quinta later in the evening, propels Indio back into second place in the Desert Valley League, behind Palm Desert, which clinched the league outright with their win over Coachella Valley.

Senior guard Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Rajahs with 28 points, including 11 points in the second quarter, when Indio took a 32-29 lead going into halftime and never looked back.

“We fought really well as a team. We got two of our players back that came back from academic probation and it really added some depth to our bench and allowed us to get some rest when we needed it, and that was really big for us,” Thomas said. “I was just really focusing on trying to get to the basket because they don’t have a shot blocker and I really can play above the rim, so I just try to attack.”

The first time the schools played, the Indians came away with a 53-40 victory that was somewhat surprising in how easy they made it look. This time — other than the home-court advantage — the big difference was in the play of Indio’s Cesar Cid, who scored 23 on Tuesday.

“He got over some fear of putting the ball in his left hand. He handled the ball extremely well going to his left, I thought that was huge for us. He hit some big shots and got his confidence going,” Indio head coach Ivery Thompson said. “Both of those guys (Thomas and Cid) — we wouldn’t be where we are without them.”

Where they are is in control of their own destiny. Should the Rajahs win their final three games, they will guarantee themselves a second-place finish, forcing La Quinta, Palm Springs and Xavier Prep to fight it out for the final two playoff spots in the DVL.

Indio (16-7, 6-3 DVL) plays at Xavier Prep at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Palm Springs (5-17, 4-6) heads to Thermal to play Coachella Valley at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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