Golden Valley boys look to run past Oak Ridge

Sjansen@mercedsunstar.comFebruary 20, 2013 

Two contrasting styles will clash tonight when the Golden Valley High boys basketball team hosts Oak Ridge in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 playoff.

The No. 4 Cougars (23-4) are the basketball version of the hare. They want to play at a fast pace with plenty of shots.

The 13-seeded Trojans (15-12) want to slow the game down to a turtle's pace, running down the shot clock and shortening the game as much as they can.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

"They are very methodical," said Golden Valley coach Keith Hunter, whose team brings a 13-game winning streak into the postseason. "I think being in the league that they're in, they want to find a way to compete with the athletes they have against the types of athletes Sheldon and Pleasant Grove have."

One advantage Oak Ridge has is size. The Trojans have four players listed on their roster at 6-foot-4 or taller, including a pair of 6-7 players in Tyler Hatten and Sergio Quilici.

The Cougars count on their back court of Christian Carroll (14.4 points) and Evan Stillahn (14.3 points) to lead their offense.

Golden Valley center Josh Sykes (9.5 rebounds and four blocks) will be mixing it up inside with the Oak Ridge big men.

"We shoot the ball pretty good, but shot selection is key to any game," Hunter said. "I don't care what team you're playing. As you play better teams it becomes more and more important.

"When you play bigger teams you want have as much room to shoot."

The Cougars also hope the rust of a 12-day layoff won't hinder their chances. Golden Valley hasn't played since defeating Merced on Feb. 8.

"I was trying to remember if we had 11 days off in a row at the beginning of the year," Hunter said. "I think our guys are ready to play. I think they were ready to play last week. We're looking forward to it."

In other action tonight, No. 12 Buhach Colony (19-9) travels to Elk Grove to face No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks (21-6) in the Division 2 playoffs.

In Division 4, No. 13 Mariposa (13-13) opens up at No. 4 Liberty Ranch (19-8) and No. 15 Delhi (13-14) travels to No. 2 Summerville (21-3).

In the Central Section, No. 5 Chowchilla (15-7) hosts No. 12 Farmersville (17-8) in the Division 4 playoffs.

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