The Braves secured a big victory in Bakersfield this past week with a 53-43 win over rival Garces.

Matthew Finklea was the leading scorer in the game with nine points, followed by Drew Bauer with eight points.

"I am a big believer in hustle stats: rebounds, blocks, steals, and deflections. Hustle stats prove effort and desire,” said head coach Nick Phillips. “As a team, we had 21 steals and if that doesn't show how badly we wanted this one, I don't know what will. That's our identity as a team. These guys love the game and love to give it their all. As a coach that's all I can ask for."

Zach King, Brandon Neaderbaomer and Nick Neaderbaomer all contributed with six points apiece, while King also had five steals and Ryan Jones had five rebounds.

"We also had seven players who scored five or more,” added Nick Phillips. “That's winning basketball, and if we continue to play as a team, our season will be a success in my eyes."

Tehachapi (4-3) will look to continue their winning ways this week with a non-league game at home against Highland on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The first league contest of the year will be this Thursday, Jan. 11 at Independence. Both games will start at 5:15 p.m.