Putting Bullard boys hoops dominance into numbers: Gotta see to believe

Bullard High’s Calvin Young drives by Central’s defense in second half action during the final championship of the 54th Annual Holiday Invitational Tournament held at Hoover High School’s event center on Saturday, December 22, 2012. (ERIC PAUL ZAMORA/THE FRESNO BEE)

Was curious, so just crunched some numbers for the Bullard boys basketball program that has reduced Central Section competition to virtual scrimmages for three years running.

Consider:

** The Knights, under coach Tony Amundsen, are 52-3 against section opposition while going 75-13 overall with two consecutive section Division I titles in the past three seasons.

** And here’s the wow number: Bullard has outscored section foes by an average of 25.0 points in those 55 games — 25.0!

Don’t be too quick to say this is all about weak County/Metro Athletic Conference (besides Edison) competition, either. In winning the past two D-I crowns, the Knights defeated Clovis East, Central (twice), Bakersfield and Clovis West (twice).

And while this does not apply to their run against section teams, they are succeeding quite well against perennial state powers as well. That included Southern California Regional wins over Westchester-LA, Taft-Woodlake Hills and Long Beach Poly last year, and conquests this season over then-state No. 2 Salesian-Richmond, Oaks Christian-Westlake Village and Dorsey-LA, among others.