Wednesday night, the Bears face No. 2 seed Los Molinos, who they split with this season. MSHS won at home 55-53 on Dec. 17 and fell on the road 63-47 on Jan. 20. The Bulldogs are 18-7 for the year. The game begins at 7 p.m.

A dominating performance at home Friday night propelled the Mounty Shasta Bears to the semifinals of the Northern Section Division 5 playoffs.

After a first-round bye, the No. 3 seeded Bears cruised to a 76-54 win in front of the home fans versus the No. 6 seed Modoc Braves.

Mount Shasta jumped out to a 49-24 halftime advantage. The Bears were on fire in the first half including Kekai Ferguson connecting on five 3-pointers.

“That kind of took the wind out of their sails,” MSHS head coach Chris  Galarsa said. “It was a complete team effort. We shot the ball well and stopped them on defense.”

Mount Shasta improved to 17-9 for the year,

Darius Smith led MSHS with 19 points, while Ferguson finished with 15. Anthony Pigoni  and DJ Brown each put up nine points apiece,

While last years senior-laden team won Sections last year and made it all the way to the CIF State Championships game, there were questions at the start of the year how this year’s squad would do. After all, there was only three players back from last year’s varsity squad and a new head coach in Galarsa, who was the Bears juniors varsity boys head coach last season.

The squad, started off slow, losing it’s first three games before putting things together and becoming a squad that again has a good chance to return to the section title game again this season.

Galarsa said the entire team has bought into what the coaching staff has preached, worked together as a cohesive unit, and have again put themselves in the position to defend their section title.

Wednesday night, the Bears face No. 2 seed Los Molinos, who they split with this season.  MSHS won at home 55-53 on Dec. 17 and fell on the road 63-47 on Jan. 20. The Bulldogs are  18-7 for the year. The game begins at 7 p.m.

The winner moves on to the section title game Friday night at 7:45 p.m. at Butte College in Oroville against either top seed East Nicolaus or No. 4 seed Durham.

In the loss to Los Molinos, Mount Shasta committed.18 turnovers, with the Bulldogs scoring 16 points off of turnovers. Galarasa believes if his team can continue to play well on defense, and keep turnovers down they can earn the win tonight,

“We’ll see what happens,” he said.