ATWATER -- The stage is now set.
The Golden Valley boys basketball team can now focus on the big showdown against Merced on Friday night.
Keith Hunter's boys avoided a scare with a strong finish in a 100-90 win over Buhach Colony on Wednesday.
Golden Valley (7-2 Central California Conference, 20-4 overall) closed out the third quarter with a 19-4 run to turn a seven-point deficit into a 75-67 lead.
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"I think we got beat at our game in the first half," Hunter said. "We didn't stay in front of them and it cost me a clipboard at halftime when I saw we gave up 19 layups or whatever the number was."
Alex Fletcher scored 30 points to lead GV. Donte Scott finished with 29 points.
Fletcher and Scott combined to go 21 for 21 from the free-throw line. Scott extended his personal streak to 21 straight made free throws.
"In a fast-tempo game anything can happen," Fletcher said. "Both teams were pressing full court and any team can go on a run.
"We didn't do a good job of protecting the ball and it turned into a fast-break drill in the first half."
Hodari Peterson scored 31 points for Buhach Colony (0-9, 9-15). Teammate Adrian Gonzalez added 14 points.
Peterson and company built a 63-56 lead with 4:48 left in the third quarter.
However, Golden Valley turned a couple turnovers into quick baskets and never looked back.
"It's the same old story," BC coach John Bliss said. "I'm proud of the way our guys played. They really wanted this one."
at Buhach Colony
Golden Valley 16 31 28 25 -- 100
Buhach Colony 19 30 18 23 -- 90
GOLDEN VALLEY -- Daniel Garcia 2, Scott Livesay 11, Richard Thomas 3, Donte Scott 29, Larry Moore 2, John Sykes 14, Alex Fletcher 30, Garrett Hill 8. Totals: 37 21-30 100.
BUHACH COLONY -- Hodari Peterson 31, Tanner Gleason 2, Jarrel Davis 10, Reyes Alvarez 1, Denzel Brown 7, Adrian Gonzalez 14, Justin Lewison 11, Daniel Bolsar 9, Adam Wakefield 5. Totals: 27 29-40 90.
3-pointers: Golden Valley 4 (Fletcher 2, Thomas 1, Garcia 1), Buhach Colony 7 (Gonzalez 2, Lewison 2, Davis 1, Brown 1, Bolsar 1); Team Fouls: Golden Valley 26, Buhach Colony 29; Fouled Out -- Sykes (GV), Wakefield (BC).
Records: Golden Valley 7-2 CCC, 20-4; Buhach Colony 0-9, 9-15.
JV -- Golden Valley won. Freshmen -- Golden Valley won.