Dream Theater; Clovis East crushes Bullard for D-I title
The Timberwolves shoot the lights out at Selland Arena to capture the school’s first Central Section title since 2010.
Will Wiggins called it surreal.
His dad, head coach Adrian Wiggins, said it was a dream come true.
Tyler Pacheco said it means everything to his team, school and community.
Go crazy Wolfpack Nation, Clovis East are your Division I basketball champions.
Putting on a clinic in all phases of the game, the third-seed Timberwolves displayed offensive precision, team defense and expert marksmanship in dismantling fourth-seed Bullard 80-55 at Selland Arena to capture the school’s first Central Section title since 2010.
“It’s a dream come true for me as a coach and with my son,” Adrian Wiggins said. “I’ve been with these young men since the fourth grade, they are all like my sons. I love them to death.”
Naturally, son Will, the crafty and tough point guard who was awarded the Fighting Spirit Award after the game, had similar thoughts.
“I’ve been dreaming of this since fourth grade, all the early mornings and late nights … it’s surreal,” Wiggins said, the multicolored celebration confetti still layered on the Selland Arena floor. “It’s worth it. I have my brothers behind me and my dad as my coach. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
From the opening possession – eight passes finishing with a Josh Heu layup – Clovis East was on point with its signature ball movement, back door cuts and shooting. They shot an astonishing 32-47 from the floor for the game including 12-22 from behind the arc.
The senior trio of Wiggins (14 points), Jermal Pittman (13) and Tyler Pacheco (9 on three 3s) led the charge, racing to 20-12 first quarter and 47-22 halftime leads. Sophomore Camden Thompson added 10 on 4-5 shooting and Heu and senior Isaiah Corona chipped with 8.
And just how good was the first half shooting? Clovis East shot 19-25 from the floor, punctuated by a Pacheco 26-footer buzzer-beater which sent the student section into a frenzy.
“We share the ball and we did that tonight,” Coach Wiggins said. “I wasn’t surprised when I saw the ball go in. They deserved it and I’m happy for them.”
The Timberwolves starting five doesn’t have a player over six-feet, instead relying on help defense, staying down on man-to-man assignments and crashing the boards. They held Bullard (18-13) to 38.5% shooting and kept the Knights’ top two scorers, junior Omarion Thomas-Marshall (12 points on 3-8 shooting) and sophomore Tyric Herod (7 points on 3-13), largely in check.
Clovis East (21-10) has now won six straight games and will most likely host the first round of the CIF NorCal Division I state bracket.