The season to remember has gotten another life.
After falling in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A semifinals to Capristrano Valley Christian, the Palos Verdes boys basketball team will look to continue its magical season after earning a CIF State Division III bid.
"All this means the hard work has paid off," coach Brian Edelman said. "We're one of 160 teams still playing."
Ranked No. 15 in the bracket, PV (25-5) visits Granada Hills Charter in Tuesday's first round matchup. With its seeding, and home games awarded to the higher seed, PV will be on the road throughout its state title run.
"I gave up on how seedings work. I feel like we're a higher seed than that," Edelman said. "All I know is it's a manageable bracket, but it sucks that we're on the road for every game."
Following its Feb. 16 loss to Capistrano Valley, PV has been able to nurse some of its injuries over the past 10 days.
"We're definitely banged up," Edelman said. "We have some bum knees, ankles and shoulders. So it was good for us to rest and good for us to get our focus back."
What halted PV's run in the Southern Section bracket was a mixture of foul trouble and adjusting to how Capistrano Valley played. Both Jack Engstrom and Jack Jamele fouled out that fateful night, and PV was limited to 11 points in the second half.
"We need to make somebody adjust to us. If we do that, I think we'll be OK," Edelman said. "We just have to play our game."
Rolling Hills Prep boys bumped up to CIF State Division II
On the heels of its third consecutive Southern Section title, the RH Prep boys basketball team now sets its sights on a second CIF State title in three years.
Following its 56-49 victory over Santa Clarita Christian in the CIF-SS Division 3AA championship on Saturday, the Huskies found themselves moved up for the CIF State tournament.
RH Prep (25-6) hosts San Marcos Tuesday at 8 p.m. at North Torrance High.
You won't find the Huskies complaining.
"We played a difficult nonleague schedule," coach Harvey Kitani said. "We're honored they think we're good enough to be in division 2."
Over the course of its offseason camp and its nonleague schedule, Kitani said RH Prepplayed 18 teams that were either competing in the Open Division or Division 1.
The seasoned coach has seen things fall into place that have helped the Huskies get this far.
"We've been doing a lot of good, fundamental things. Our defense has been playing tight and its still improving," Kitani said. "We're doing a good job as a team at rebounding, and that's allowing us to get transition baskets."
And he knows now, each member of the rotation must continue to step up when needed.
"We've been getting great play from five to seven guys each night," Kitani said. "We know we can't have just three guys playing well, and the guys have been playing good, steady basketball."
RH Prep girls look to bounce back after 1-point finals loss
Despite losing in the CIF-SS title game for the first time in three years, RH Prep still has its sights set on another CIF State title.
RH Prep fell to Orange Lutheran 51-50, failing to convert a pair of opportunities with time winding down.
Following a five-point performance in the semifinals, Clarice Akunwafo led the charge. She scored 24 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and added five blocks.
But Saturday, Alyssa Maxey had what was one of her worst performances in a Husky uniform, scoring just four points.
"It's very difficult for us to win if our best two players don't perform at their peak," coach Richard Masson said.
The road to the another state crown will not come easy. RH Prep (23-4) hosts La Costa Canyon in the CIF State Division II first round, the San Diego Section Division 1 champions, Tuesday at North Torrance at 6:30 p.m.
"We have to handle the pressure and be resilient," Masson said. "We have to keep the pressure on, stay poised and stay out of foul trouble."
Masson knows that at this point, there's little to take from each game that the girls aren't already aware of.
"We've played 27 games: there's not a lot you can take away from just one game," he said. "It's about doing what you can do efficiently and finding out more about your opponent."