When the Dos Palos boys basketball team took a one-point lead over Los Banos just before halftime Tuesday night, it could have been the turning point.
But Los Banos took control in the second half for a 63-52 win in Dos Palos.
The victory was the first of the season for Los Banos (1-5), while Dos Palos saw its record fall to 0-6.
"It's DP, we've just got to get this 'W' ", Los Banos guard Isaac Ruiz said. "We take this as the first game of the season, so we've got to start off with a bang."
After LB took a 7-point lead in the second quarter, the Tigers flattened and DP roared back. Howard Redding Jr. drained a shot with 15 seconds remaining to give DP a 28-27 lead.
But it was the Broncos who played flat after the break.
"I went back to that zone," Dos Palos coach Howard Redding Sr. said. "I was trying to give my big men another chance. With my big guys I thought that we could get the ball in to them, and it would make a huge difference."
DP's Andre Hill led all scorers with 18 points, followed by teammate Redding with 17. Los Banos spread the ball around with a guard-driven game -- Ruiz scored 12, Daeton West 11 and Delvonte Moore 10.
Redding Sr. is looking forward to having his true point guards back, which will let him slide Redding Jr. back to his natural 2 position. Point guards Noah Croninger and Michael Ignacio have both been cleared to return to the team from injuries.
Atwater 79, Central Valley 49
ATWATER -- Anthony De la Hoya led four Atwater players in double-figures with 18 points. Ben Peterson added 17 points for the Falcons (6-4).
Los Banos 40, Merced 39
The dual came down to the final match. Eleven of the first 12 matches ended in a pin.
The Bears needed a major decision by Lawrence Anderson to earn the win, but Anderson came away with a 9-7 win in the 126-pound match.
Buhach Colony 55, Chowchilla 47
ATWATER -- Allison Wisdom scored 17 points as the Thunder improved to 5-4.
Jessica Silva drained three 3-pointers to chip in with 15 points for Buhach Colony.
Jordan Lasiter led Chowchilla (3-4) with 17 points.
Merced 59, Central Valley 18
CERES -- Dalonna Jones turned in a nice all-around game for the Bears with 16 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and three steals.