Union Democrat reports

Columbia stayed in the Central Valley Conference cluster of second-place teams with a win Saturday, and even picked up a game on the league leader.

DeAndre Stallings scored 27 points to help power the Claim Jumpers past the Reedley Tigers 82-79 at Reedley.

With the win, Columbia remains in a four-way tie for second place, just two games behind CVC leader Fresno, who suffered its first league loss to Merced.

Fresno is 7-1 followed by the Jumpers, Merced, Sequoias and Porterville at 5-3.

“We had to battle for 40 minutes to get the job done. It took all eight guys to step up,” said Columbia head coach Rob Hoyt. “I think we just outlasted them. We plan on being in a dogfight for the rest of the year with whoever we play. We will be ready.”

Also for Columbia (10-9, 5-3 CVC) Eugene Harvey scored 16 points, Ethan McLaurin added 14 and Eli McLaurin had 12.

The Claim Jumpers will seek their third straight victory Wednesday when they visit College of Sequoias for a 5 p.m. tip-off.

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