Selma High School’s boys basketball team return to the Selland Arena tonight (March 3) in search of a second-straight Central Section title, this time the Bears’ hopes lie in Division II.
The school’s 2017 section championship the basketball program’s first in 103 years.
Tip-off against San Joaquín Memorial (Fresno) Panthers, the County Metro Athletic Conference champion, is scheduled for 8 p.m. The top-seeded Panthers enter the final at 24-6.
Six-foot-6 Memorial sophomore guard Jalen Greene leads the Panthers with 28.3 points per game.
Selma has 10 seniors on this year’s squad, including UC San Diego-bound point guard Will Pallesi, who averages 20.2 points per game. His father, Mike Pallesi, is the head coach.
Will Pallesi, a 4.0 grade point average student, is the only player signed to a four-year university.
Junior Ramírez is second in the scoring with 15.8 points per game, and 6-foot-6 center Tiveon Stroud, is averaging 15 points per game and leads the Bears with 5.9 defensive rebounds.
Ramírez was also the Bears’ leading quarterback last season.
Selma won the Division III basketball title last season, and opted to compete in Division II this season.
“I feel like we’re the newcomers in Division II and we’re going to prove ourselves. We’re going to give it our all because that’s just who we are,” said Pallesi.
“It feels good going back, but it was pretty hard to get over there because everybody knew that we were top notch, and they wanted to knock us out,” said Stroud.
Central Section boys/girls championship schedule Selland Arena (Fresno)
March 2 (Friday)
No. 2 Chowchilla vs. No. 5 Firebaugh
No. 1 California City vs. No. 3 Corcoran
No. 1 Bakersfield vs. No. 3 Mission Oak (Tulare)
No. 1 San Joaquín Memorial vs. No. 3 Selma
March 3 (Saturday)
No. 1 Sierra Pacific (Hanford) vs. No. 2 San Joaquín Memorial (Fresno)
No. 1 Kerman vs. No. 2 Bakersfield Christian
No. 2 Golden Valley vs. No. 4 Immanuel (Reedley)
No. 1 Sanger vs. No. 3 Immanuel (Reedley)
No. 1 Clovis West vs. No. 2 Clovis North
No. 5 Central High (Fresno) vs. No. 2 Bullard (Fresno)