The dream season continues for the Sonora boys varsity basketball team.
Wednesday night they travelled to San Francisco for the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV state championships.
They beat the No. 6 seed Lick-Wilmerding by a decisive score of 78-67.
“It was an awesome game,” said coach Lloyd Longeway.
Senior Damian Kress had a solid first half, scoring 14 of his 16 points and giving the Wildcats a solid start.
A Lick-Wilmerding player hit a three-point buzzer beater to end the second quarter, giving them a three-point lead.
Longeway said his halftime message was the same it’s been all year. Play together.
Like they’ve done so many times this year, they did just that.
“We really had a great second half,” said Longeway.
In the third quarter and outscored the Tigers 20-15.
They followed that with an even stronger final quarter with a 26-17 finish.
Senior Jace Decker had an impressive second half. He had a season-high 34 points, 25 of which came in the second.
He had six three-pointers, too.
Rico Sanchez came in off the bench in the fourth to add five points.
Austin (Patterson) was consistent all night,” said Longeway.
He had 14 points.
“Jacob (Storm) did a good job inside,” he said.
He contributed 11 points on the night.
“They just made the commitment,” said Longeway. “They played the best half of basketball they have all season.”
Next up for the ‘Cats is another road game. Saturday they travel to Albany to play the No. 3 seed, St. Mary’s.
The Panthers finished their season with a 2-6 record. They were 17-14 overall.
Sonora takes their 12-0 league record and plenty of confidence from their Round 1 win into the matchup.
“It’s pretty cool that we’re still in it,” said Longeway.
If the team can continue helping each other and supporting each other, Longeway believes they can keep their season alive.
“When we keep a good attitude, we have a good basketball team,” he said.
Saturday’s game begins at 6 p.m.