BJ Shelton made two free throws with five seconds remaining and scored a game-high 30 points to send the No. 6-ranked Fresno City College men’s basketball team to an 82-81 victory over Cuesta College in the championship game of the Allan Hancock Tournament on Wednesday night.
Shelton, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Bakersfield, took over the game in the second half and scored the Rams’ final 12 points to seal the victory. After Shelton’s decisive free throws, the Cougars were able to get a good look to win the game, but Andres Aguado’s 3-pointer from the corner rimmed out.
“We’re definitely disappointed,” head coach Rusty Blair said. “But we’ve got to move on and get ready for conference and Ventura next week.”
Shelton finished the game 10 for 14 from the field, and 10 for 11 from the free-throw line, to go with a team-high seven rebounds.
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Aguado led four Cuesta players in double figures with 18 points. Roberto Mantovani added 17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Evgeniy Moiseev scored 15 points and Rafail Eleftheriou added 11 for the Cougars (13-6).
Cuesta, winners of seven of its last nine games, begins Western State Conference Jan. 6 at Ventura.