The Cathedral City boys’ basketball team emerged victorious Monday in a battle of teams looking for their first Desert Valley League victory.
Cathedral City Lions’ Orlando Wallace (11) gets fouled by Indio Rajahs during a boys basketball game on Monday, January 12, 2015 in Cathedral City. The Lions won, 79-66.
The Lions used a balanced attack to pull away in the fourth quarter and turn back the Rajahs 79-66.
Darien Broom paced Cathedral City with 21 points. Orlando Wallace added 20 points and Nick Jimenez netted 18. Scott McGihon also reached double digits with 10 points.
Despite the loss, Indio was led by a game-high 38 points from Larry McCan. The transfer point guard, playing in just his third game for the Rajahs, led the way. Christian Briceno added 15 points for Indio and Trunnel Park had 12 points.
Cathedral City (7-9, 1-3) hosts La Quinta on Friday.
Indio (4-12, 0-3) plays Palm Springs on Wednesday in the Rajahs’ first game at their new gym.
Indio 48, Cathedral City 43 (OT): The Rajahs were playing the first official game in their new gymnasium and got a scare from Cathedral City.
“We wish we could have enjoyed the new gym more, but they made it tough,” Indio coach Martin White said. “But it’s going to be a nice place to call home for the next 50 years. I’m glad to see the Indio community have a great place like this where we can rebuild the Indio image and rebuild the Indio name.”
Jazmyne Santiel single-handedly kept the Rajahs in scoring 30 points, hauling in 10 rebounds and adding four assists and three steals. Kelcey Beckham was the overtime star, canning two crucial 3-pointers. Eva Rodriguez contributed five points and nine rebounds.
Cathedral City trailed by seven entering the fourth quarter, but outscored Indio 16-9.
Indio (12-7, 4-0) plays a crucial DVL game against a talented Palm Springs team on the road at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Valley View 70, La Quinta 21: The Blackhawks ran into a buzzsaw, facing the No. 7-raked Valley View in a non-league game.
The Blackhawks (6-11, 1-2) host Xavier Prep on Tuesday, then host Cathedral City on Friday.
Palm Desert 10, Desert Mirage 0: Sophomore Madison Cosgrove recorded her first varsity hat trick with three goals to spark the Aztecs past visiting Desert Mirage.
Dessa Keuilian and Alyssa Granados both finished with two goals and one assist for Palm Desert, which built a 6-0 halftime lead. Skyla Wilson finished with one goal and three assists. Camille Hauswirth added one goal and one assist, while Kaila Cain collected three assists. Mariana Moreno also scored a goal.
Goalkeeper Paige Baker recorded her sixth shutout of the season and made one nice save in the second half.
Palm Desert (10-1-3) hosts Coachella Valley at 5 p.m., Wednesday.