CALIFORNIA -- The Fulton Hornets never trailed after the 6:23 mark of the first quarter Friday, beating the Capital City Cavaliers 70-59 in the championship game of the California Tournament.
Thomas Kesete knocked down a long 2-point jumper in the game’s opening minute for the Cavaliers. Walker Gohring scored a layup on a drive on the Hornets’ next possession and Josh Reams hit a 3-pointer that gave Fulton the lead for good.
Capital City trailed 18-11 after one quarter and 32-20 at halftime. The Cavaliers scored 20 points in the third quarter, but the Hornets still maintained a double-digit lead at 51-40 entering the fourth.
Mitch Renfrow made a 3 and Corde Brown added a pair of free throws, closing Fulton’s lead to 51-45 with 6:40 to play. The Hornets answered with baskets on back-to-back possessions and Capital City never got closer than six points the rest of the way.
Brown led the Cavaliers with 30 points, followed by Kesete with 10 points. John Hightower and Renfrow each finished with eight points.
Reams scored a team-high 22 points for Fulton (10-4), followed by Gohring with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Capital City (9-8) plays Tuesday at Hermann.