As the first and second rounds of the NSCIF boys basketball playoffs concluded last week Pierce and Williams advanced to the semifinals of their respective divisions while Colusa and Maxwell fell in quarterfinal games.
Pierce 55, Anderson 39 (2/15)
Retuning to action for the first time in 10 days, the No. 2 Bears methodically disposed of visiting No. 10 Anderson last Friday night to advance to the third round of the NSCIF Division IV playoffs.
While the Cubs scored the game’s first basket, Pierce answered with a 7-0 run to establish a substantial lead, which they would not relinquish.
Sophomores played a significant role early on as Justin Mathews had the hot hand converting a four point play after being fouled on a long distance shot then following up with a jumper on the ensuing possession, while defensively Luke Voorhees dominated the paint preventing the Cubs from establishing an inside game.
By the end of the first quarter, the Bears held a 16-8 lead, and from then on out used tough defense and a balanced offensive attack extend their advantage.
Despite seeing limited minutes due to foul trouble, Mathews finished with a team high 16 points while fellow underclassman Eduardo Paiz pitched in with 11 points and senior Jonathan Corchado added 10 points.
Pierce (21-4) plays in a semifinal match against No. 3 U-Prep in Arbuckle tonight, with the winner moving on to the championship game at Butte College on Feb. 22.
Williams 65, East Nicolaus 49
After a first round bye, the No. 4 Yellowjackets had no problem downing No. 5 East Nicolaus, their Mid-Valley League rival, in the quarterfinal round of the NSCIF Division V at home last Friday night.
It was the third time in three weeks that Williams had bested the Spartans, although this win was particularly significant given the Yellowjackets advance to the semifinals of the tournament.
Anthony Davalos turned in a dominant performance posting a double double, which included 27 points and 12 rebounds.
Also furthering the cause was Hunter Povlsen whose stat line included 10 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Danny Hernandez who pulled down 11 boards.
Williams (15-10) was on the road tonight in Mt. Shasta City taking on the defending NSCIF Division V champions and No. 1 seeded Bears who have lost just once this season and are riding a 22-game win streak.
Colusa 75, Lassen 66 (2/12)
West Valley 72, Colusa 61 (2/15)
A rollercoaster season came to an end in Cottonwood last Friday night as the No. 8 RedHawks fell to No. 1 West Valley in the quarterfinals of the NSCIF Division IV playoffs.
Against the Eagles, Colusa put up 31 points in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to close the deficit that saw them down by 16 after three quarters.
Sophomore Mason Saso had a team high 16 points while seniors Conner Saso and Blake Steidlmayer, in their last game for Colusa, added 15 and 11 points respectively.
To get to the second round however, the RedHawks first had to get through the No. 9 Grizzlies, who traveled to Colusa on Feb. 12.
While at times it looked as though they would run the visitors out of Don Bransford Gymnasium, defensive lapses prevented the outcome from being decided until the final minutes of the game.
Five players finished in double figures for Colusa led by Conner Saso who dropped 20 points in the win.
Yassine Lamsiah added 16 and provided a spark in the first half while Steidlmayer had a big second half to end the night with 14 points.
Colusa also got a boost from sophomores Mason Saso with 12 points and Christian Mata who contributed 11 points.
The RedHawks (21-9) say good-bye to four seniors, but appear to have a bright future ahead given the solid core of young players who should return next season.
Maxwell 70, Burney 50 (2/12)
American Christian Academy 77, Maxwell 66 (2/14)
In NSCIF Division VI action, the No. 7 Panthers scored an easy home win in the first round over No. 10 Burney, but fell to No. 2 ACA on the road in Anderson despite jumping out to a 24-5 first quarter lead.
Statistics were not provided by Maxwell (17-10), who finished the season as the Mountain Valley League champion.