Calexico bests Brawley, guarantees IVL title share

Calexico's Aaron Tabarez drives against Brawley's Oscar Gonzalez during the Bulldogs' Jan. 24 win over the Wildcats in Brawley. Tabarez scored 13 points for the Bulldogs in a rematch between the two teams on Tuesday. PHOTO AARON BODUS

CALEXICO — The Calexico boys’ basketball has had it with barnburners. After each of their first four Imperial Valley League contests was decided by four points or fewer, the Bulldogs finally managed to do some margin-building on Tuesday, putting away the visiting Brawley Wildcats, 62-49 here.

It was a big win, and not simply because of its double-digit point differential. No, it’s big because it guarantees that the Bulldogs, with their top-of-the-standings 4-1 league record (22-3 overall), will be some version of IVL champion at season’s end for the first time since 1996. Whether they’ll be outright champs or co-champs depends on the outcome of their game with the Southwest Eagles (10-15, 3-2), whom they play in El Centro at 7 p.m. tonight.

Sports Editor Aaron Bodus can be reached at abodus@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3434.

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