Roger Guardia led Cuesta College with 24 points in its 74-72 win over Fresno City College on Monday at the Hancock College Tournament.
Henok Yizsaw followed Guardia with 17 points and teammate Phillip Jimenez added 15 points for the Cougars (13-3). Cuesta led 38-34 at halftime.
“We played intense defense, especially in the first 15 minutes,” Cuesta coach Rusty Blair said. “This (Fresno) was a team averaging in the 80s.”
According to Blair, the Cougars were forced to create a makeshift lineup after Xavier Mylleville got into foul trouble and eventually fouled out of the game.
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Cuesta led by six points in the final seconds. Fresno cut the Cougars lead to four, and Cuesta turned over the ball with six seconds left and fouled a Fresno player attempting a 3-pointer. He made the first two free throws, missed the second and Fresno corralled the rebound, but missed a wide-open layup at the buzzer that would have forced overtime.