At this point in the basketball post-season, every team is good.
On Wednesday the Summerville High School boys team will get a chance to prove they’re better.
The Bears took their No. 6 seed in the Division V section tournament and played their way into a top four finish.
They knew that would be good enough for one of the at-large berths in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state championships.
All that was left was to wait for Saturday’s games to finish and the eventual picks by the CIF committee.
Sunday afternoon those picks and brackets were announced. Summerville was given a No. 11 ranking and they’ll play tonight against No. 6 Lassen.
“We’re pretty excited,” said coach Ben Watson.
When it comes to rankings, Watson takes the practical approach.
“You gotta play who you gotta play,” he said.
This year’s state championship run marks the fourth time in nine years the Bears have made the tournament.
Preparing for this set of challenges isn’t too different from the regular season, said Watson.
Since falling to Colfax last week, the Bears have maintained their normal practice schedule.
In addition to Watson’s “just get better” approach, the team is also diversifying their playbook.
“(We’re) trying to come up with as many different scenarios that can take place,” said Watson. “All the teams know how to do multiple things. We’re trying to be not so predictable.”
They’re also working on a more balanced offensive attack, said Watson.
The chance to continue post-season play can be an extra motivator for seniors, too, depending on the athlete, said Watson.
“Hopefully they take advantage of it,” he said. “ They’re working hard. Everybody continues trying to make us better.”
Lassen went 8-2 in league play and 21-8 overall in the regular season.
Wednesday's game starts at 7 p.m. at Lassen High School in Susanville.