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Imperial County Sheriff’s Office takes on Quechan Tribe in basketball game to bring community together

Luis Lopez

Following the events of Tropical Storm Kay, a basketball game at the Quechan Community Center brought deputies and Quechan Tribe members together for local residents - 13 On Your Side's Luis Lopez reports

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Local hoops action going down Wednesday night in an effort to bring the community of Winterhaven together.

The Imperial County Sheriff's Office took on the Quechan Scouts, a team made up of community members from the Quechan tribe.

Many locals came out for the game, which took place over at the Quechan Community Center.

Both teams saying Wednesday’s event was about more than getting buckets.

Quechan Scouts member Wilfred Emerson said they've done the event before, and wanted to bring it back this year.

“We did it before about five years ago so we’d thought we do it again, with, we had a storm here thought we’d get everybody back together,” Emerson said.
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ISCO deputy Justin Benavidez said the game is a community builidng effort.

“Although this looks like a basketball game, it’s a lot more than that if you look deeper into it because it’s our office and the Winterhaven community taking the steps in the right direction with one common goal to show all the community that we’re all on the same team,” Benavidez said.

The game consisted of two 20 minute halves.

In the end it was the Quechan Scouts winning the game 49-48 in a game that went down to the wire.

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