BOYS BASKETBALL: Mustangs have sights set on CCS finals berth, take on Serra tonight in semis

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SAN JOSE – The No. 4-seeded Mustangs battle No. 1-seed Serra in
the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs
tonight at Independence High School in San Jose.
SAN JOSE – Led by a close-nit core of seniors and backed by solid bench play, the Gilroy High boys basketball team is two wins away from a Central Coast Section Division I championship.

After a 58-44 dismantling of No. 5 Carlmont in the quarterfinals, the No. 4-seeded Mustangs (19-6) face the section’s second ranked team and the tournament’s No. 1-seed, Serra, in the semifinals of the CCS Division I playoffs tonight at Independence High School in San Jose. Tip-off is at 5: 30 p.m.

“Our team has worked hard for games like this,” said Tri-County Athletic League co-Coach of the Year, Jeremy Dirks. “This is a great group of kids. We are not just happy to be in the game, but we are in it to win.”

The Padres (23-5) cut loose Alisal, 62-31, in the quarterfinals, displaying a similar pressure defense Mustangs fans have grown accustomed to seeing from their boys in blue all season.

“Serra’s defense is one of the best in Northern California,” Dirks said. “We need to be able to handle their pressure if we want to win.”

Defending Div. I champ Bellarmine plays Santa Teresa in the other semifinals matchup at 7:30 p.m.

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