Boys’ basketball takes on Menlo Saturday night


Photo By Tj Nijhar

Junior foward Jahmai Bartley sinking the shot against Sunnyside at Central East high school.

Tj Nijhar, Staff Writer

The twelfth seed Central Grizzlies earned their most impressive win Wednesday night against 5th seed Saint Francis in the State playoffs 73-72. This hard-won game was neck and neck, but senior guard Cashemin Williams led this team the whole way, scoring the winning bucket with four seconds left. The Grizzlies will now take on 13th seed Menlo School Saturday night  in the second round of state playoffs. The game will be at 6 p.m. at the Central High East gym. 

The Grizzlies finished the regular season with a record of 24-7 and 6-4 in TRAC, which got them the 5th seed in the playoffs. Central played 12th seed Stockdale, winning 108-63. Junior guard Tahriq Sharp comments, “We became stronger as we played defense together and communicated much better.” Central would later on take on 4th seed, Liberty, and come out with a tight win at 71-69.

After the Liberty win kicked off a three-game streak, Central looked like the team fans expected them to be. Next, the back to back Valley champs were hot and headed to the semi-finals. They would face 9th seed  Sunnyside, who were coming off their best win against the number 1 seed, Clovis West. Central may have played the game of the year against the Wildcats, going into overtime thanks to the tying basket from junior forward Jahmai Bartley. Central would hang on and beat Sunnyside 81-78, moving on to the Valley Championship against number 2 seed Bullard.

They accomplished that by beating Bullard 79-77 and capturing a third straight section title thanks to a late basket by Bartley and a steal by senior forward Avery Boyd. The Grizzly stars came to play. Williams finished with 14 points and 8 assists, senior forward Cam’ron Wilson racked up 20 points and the MVP award, and former Bullard star and senior guard Uriah Carter contributed 19 points. Head coach Greg Streets commented, “I’m proud of the team and our accomplishments.”