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March 5, 2013

Chowchilla boys draw tough SoCal foe

Fred Gaines doesn't know much about tonight's opponent.

The Chowchilla High boys basketball coach hasn't been able to find a Pacific Hills roster or video to build a scouting report.

However, all Gaines has to do is look at the Bruins' list of victories to know the trip to Los Angeles isn't going to be easy.

Chowchilla (21-8) will open the Southern California Division 4 playoffs tonight against Pacific Hills (24-4) at Pilibos High in Los Angeles. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Pacific Hills has wins over Deer Valley of Antioch, which is the top seed in the Northern California Division 1 playoffs, and perennial power Westchester of Los Angeles this season.

"They're legit," Gaines said. "They beat Central (last year) by almost 30 points and Central is one of the top four teams in our section."

Gaines feels his team will be better prepared this time around after playing Price in the first round of the Southern California playoffs last year.

The Redskins expect to face the same type of quality opponent.

"We want to go down there and compete and have fun," Gaines said. "We want to enjoy it. They have to put the ball in the hole just like we do. I thought we came out and played soft and we were intimidated against Price last year.

"The kids are fired up. A lot of teams don't get this opportunity. This is two years in a row for us. That's big for our program."

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