CHICO, Calif. -- Pleasant Valley’s boys’ basketball team held on to a 58-55 lead over Central Catholic in the CIF State Playoffs Tuesday night to advance to the quarterfinals.
“Our point guard said, ‘play your best defense of the year,” said junior Aaron Gomez. “That’s what we did and we clamped down toward the end and we won that game.”
The Vikings will host No. 16 Wood High School on Thursday night. Wood pulled off an upset over No. 1 Palo Alto to advance.
“They have some people that could hurt us,” said head coach Tim Keating. “They’re big, physical. They play a little different style then we’re used to seeing but like I said, this is an opportunity.”
The Vikings hope to bring home another State title. The Vikings have won many sections and leagues, but only one State Championship title in 2018.
“We’re preparing strategies to counter what they do on the court, we’ve played them before earlier in the season and we beat them, but we can’t underestimate them this time because a lot can happen and a lot can change in one season,” said senior Jake Kremer.
For instance, the Vikings. They finished third in the league with a 6-4 record.
“Obviously it took a few bumps in the road,” said Keating. “The second half of our league was brutal for us. We were probably at our lowest low.”
“I’m very proud of my team because we came together at like the best point of the season,” said Taylor Keating.
The Vikings pulled of upsets over Chico High and No. 1 Foothill in the Section Championships.
“It’s still a work in progress, even now because a lot of our games are so close that now you have to work even harder to execute,” said Keating. “The State title is usually something that doesn’t happen in the North State. Sometimes I wonder did we really do that. That was a mountain, that was a huge mountain.”
The Vikings will host No. 16 Wood Thursday at 7 p.m.