The Warriors had a stiff test right from the get go to open up league, having to take on defending league champion East.
A talented Blades team rolled into Tehachapi (13-5; 2-0 SEYL) to take on Mountain Basketball, but the home team never wavered in a 55-43 victory.
The Warriors had their hands full underneath the basket, having to take on 6-foot-7 big man Fatai Eke, who is considered the best forward-center in the area and has scholarship offers from many Division I programs, including CSU-Bakersfield, UC Irvine and Washington State.
Eke led all scorers with 24 points on the night, but was neutralized on the glass on multiple occasions on defense, fouling out with 2:54 to go in the game. Dakota Medovitch and Micah Fjeld did most of the damage underneath the basket, finishing with 12 rebounds and eight rebounds, respectively, and 13 combined points.
Other leaders in the East win included Isaiah Johnson with 23 points and four steals, Saavedra with 10 points and five steals, and Chris Llamas, Thomas Blewett and Jacob Burt closing with a combined nine points. Mountain Basketball also committed only five turnovers and had 16 steals as a team.
In the win over Highland, the Warriors continued their rebounding barrage, with Medovitch finishing with 13 boards, Fjeld 10 rebounds, and Johnson 12 rebounds and 20 points to close with a double-double.
Saavedra had 13 points and Llamas had nine points, including two three pointers in the first quarter to spark a scoring run. Medovitch and Fjeld both had eight points apiece, Daniel Wight had a basket and Mikey Phillips connected on a free throw.
Up next for Tehachapi is a home contest this Thursday against Foothill. The Warriors will also take on Garces on the road next Tuesday for supremacy at the halfway mark of the league season. Both games will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Down 20-5 in the first half, the Braves nearly pulled off a big comeback before falling in overtime to Highland, 51-47.
Tehachapi (4-8; 0-2 SEYL) led 44-41 with only three seconds left in the fourth quarter, but the Scots banked a three pointer at the buzzer to send the contest to overtime, edging out the Braves 7-3 in the extra period to escape with the win.
Carson Bethany led all scorers with 13 points, followed by Bryan Cotta with 12 points and Daniel Viselli with nine points. Jesus Sanchez, Andy Smith, Jon Danielson and Kris Breedlove combined for the other 13 points scored by the Braves.
Earlier in the week, Tehachapi lost 39-27 to East. Bethany was the leading scorer with 11 points, followed by Danielson with seven points, Ryan Kelly with five points, and Sanchez and Viselli with three points each.
The Indians (1-3; 0-2 SEYL) suffered a pair of setbacks to start the league season with a 49-41 loss to East and a 49-45 loss to Highland in overtime.
Israel Guerrero had 13 points and Tanner Herman had 11 points to lead all scorers in the loss against the Scots. David Wheeler, Gus Marantos and Paul Stephens each had seven points to account for the other scorers in the contest.
Against East, Wheeler had a game high 15 points, followed by Guerrero with 11 points, Marantos with five points and Herman with four points. Edwin Corpus, Hazael Ortega and Philippe Vachon added a combined six points in the loss.