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BOYS BASKETBALL: Scots Open DL with Win

Vincent Memorial Scores 60 Points on Palo Verde

CALEXICO — The Desert League boys basketball season looks like it’s going to be a close race all the way to the final game of the season as Vincent Memorial Catholic High, Palo Verde Valley High of Blythe, Imperial and Calipatria battle it out for league supremacy.

When the league kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 11, it was Vincent Memorial getting the jump on things with a 60-47 victory over Palo Verde in Calexico. It’s the fourth win in the last five games for the Scots as they improved their overall record to 4-4.

Leading the way for the Scots was sophomore Pancho Tejada with 21 points, five assists and four rebounds. Sophomore Jose Martinez finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists while sophomore Alex Adame had nine points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Vincent Memorial will continue DL action at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, when they host Imperial in another important league matchup. The first round of DL play will conclude on Tuesday, Jan. 18, when the Scots travel to Calipatria for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Teams will play each other three times in the Desert League.

The Scots took on Central Union High in their final nonleague tune-up game on Thursday, Jan. 6, falling in El Centro, 69-40.

Adame led Vincent Memorial with 13 points and six rebounds, followed by Tejada with nine points, four rebounds and four assists

During the 2021 COVID-shortened and -delayed season, the Scots made it to the CIF-San Diego Section Division V championship game before losing to Crawford High of San Diego in overtime. That success has bumped the Scots up to Division IV for this season, where they currently sit at No. 16, but should move up after the win over Palo Verde.

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