Dunsmuir's boys advance to face No. 1 seed Butte Valley in the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. in Dorris.
The Dunsmuir High School boys basketball team moved into the semifinal round of the Northern Section Division 7 playoffs with a 57-44 victory over Providence Tuesday night in Dunsmuir.
“It was a good offensive team effort,” said Tigers’ coach Dan Ballard, whose No. 4 seeded team is scheduled to play at No. 1 Butte Valley Friday night in Dorris with the winner advancing to the championship game.
Kevin Puckett led the Tigers with 16 points, and Dylan Calzoni scored all 15 of his points in the first half, including 10 in the first quarter as Dunsmuir jumped out to a 22-10 lead.
Providence rallied in the second quarter to cut the Tigers’ lead to 33-28 at the half. But a 14-8 Tiger run in the third quarter lengthened the lead to 47-36.
Treyce Ashcraft scored 7, Bryce Padula 6, Lucas Shoemaker 5, Elijah DeLeon 4, and Hunter Clark 4.
Calzoni made three first-half 3-pointers before getting into foul trouble and spending time on the bench in the second half.
Ballard said the Tigers played good defense on two Providence players who scored in double digits when the two teams played in a tournament in early December. Dunsmuir won that game, too, 50-40.
He said Padula played a good game inside against Providence, blocking a couple shots and rebounding well.
In other first round Division 7 boys games, Butte Valley defeated No. 8 Happy Camp, 50-40; No. 3 Paradise Adventist stopped No 6 Princeton, 58-51; and No. 2 Hayfork beat No. 7 Herlong by 20 points, 52-32.
New in the Northern Section this year, Division 7 is for schools with enrollments of 100 or fewer.
Butte Valley and Hayfork tied Big Valley, a Division 6 school, for first place in the Evergreen League, in which the Tigers tied for fifth.
Dunsmuir had one of its best offensive games of the season in a 90-73 loss at Butte Valley in late January, but the Tigers were at less than full strength when the fell to the Bulldogs in their final regular season, 73-45, Feb. 14 in Dunsmuir.
Ballard said Butte Valley “has a real good press and run very well.”