AMADOR VALLEY — The top two teams in the Diablo Athletic League’s rock-solid De Anza Division met in nonleague action Tuesday.
In the second game of a three-game, nonleague set, Amador Valley got the win over Granada, 62-58.
Amador Valley senior Bryon Evans scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed five rebounds, and senior Robbie DuBois added 16 points and four assists for the winner.
Amador Valley (19-2) has won five DAL North titles in a row and has won five straight overall.
“Amador Valley has a tremendous tradition. I think we’re on the cusp,” Amador Valley coach Jim Wheeler said. “For us to win five in a row and to have five straight 30-win seasons, that’s going to be very difficult for the rest of the teams in the DAL to get a crack at that. But for us to do that, we’re doing it the right way.
“I feel we’re one of the better teams in the DAL.”
Granada (10-12) won the first game between the two teams on Dec. 31, 88-74. But Amador Valley erased a six-point deficit in the final minute of the first half to take a 33-29 lead into halftime.
The visiting Trojans then took a 46-34 lead with 3:23 left in the third quarter, but Granada outscored Amador Valley 12-6 the rest of the way to close within 59-57 with 19 seconds left. Granada had the ball but couldn’t get off a shot before the buzzer.
“We wanted to come out and control the tempo of the game,” Evans said. “When we did that, we got a lot of good things done.”
Amador Valley made nine 3-pointers, and DuBois contributed three of those shots. Freshman Eric McKinney hit four 3-pointers for the Trojans.
Amador Valley increased its lead to 62-57 with 12 seconds left. Goalie Alex Lai made two key steals to help the Trojans lock down the win.
Granada’s Anvar Utran led all scorers with 23 points, and Blake Sloan added 15 points.
Granada 56, Amador Valley 52
Amador Valley 9 14 14 16 — 52
Granada 17 11 11 13 — 56
Amador Valley — DuBois 16, Augustine 4, Henning 6, McKinney 4, Henry 8, Evans 17.
Granada — Bolodina 5, Utran 23, Willis 5, Sasso 13, Osborne 8.
3-point goals — Sasso 2, Henry 2, DuBois, Evans, Bolodina, Utran 3.