The Cathedral City High School boys’ basketball team made new head coach Justin Sobczyk a winner in his debut, running past Coachella Valley in the season opener for both teams.
The Lions topped the Arabs 51-32 with a huge double-double from Kavonte Kinney with 22 points and 17 rebounds.
Tshaun Toussaint added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Lions which also received a stellar defensive effort from Isaiah Ross.
Next up for the Lions is a road game at Desert Hot Springs on Tuesday.
La Quinta 48, Desert Mirage 21: The Blackhawks opened the season with a road win at Desert Mirage. Kaitlyn Cox and Alondra Magallon eaech had 11 points to lead the way. Jalaeh Butler had six points and 10 rebounds, while Brandie Lopez had five points and five steals. Freshman Chloe Minor added four points.
La Quinta 2, Rancho Mirage 0: The Blackhawks scored two second-half goals as Jonathan Delgado and Anthony Ruiz both found the back of the net. Liam Manzano and Ruiz each contributed an assist. Logan Prescott had five saves in shutout effort in net. La Quinta travels to Coachella Valley on Tuesday.
Just a reminder as a new season begins that coaches should e-mail their results no later than 9:45 p.m. each night to firstname.lastname@example.org.