CALEXICO — A scrappy bunch of 16 — some middle-aged men and some young ringers, all staffers at De Anza Junior High School, took to Calexico High School's basketball court Friday night as underdogs in their match-up against a team of Willie Moreno Junior High staffers.
The De Anza team left the court as winner of the Tessada Challenge, a thriller that raised more than $1,000 for longtime De Anza physical education instructor David Tessada.
Tessada is recovering at his El Centro home from treatment for a rare blood disease.
Before the game Friday, Tessada was asked who would win the charity basketball game in his name.
He predicted, "Willie Moreno has a bunch of young ones. They will run over my De Anza staff. (He chuckled.) But … that's OK, we'll fight ‘em to the end. Willie Moreno will win by a basket."