MONUMENT - A 64-34 win over Long Creek on Friday at Senior Night was the first step the Monument/Dayville boys basketball team needed to take to have an outside chance at securing the No. 4 seed from the TriCo League into the upcoming District 4-1A playoffs.
The second big step was taken on Saturday when the Tigers whipped Ukiah 68-43 on the Cougars' home court, setting up a playoff with Harper for the final seed after the Hornets dropped weekend games to Spray and Mitchell.
In the Long Creek game, senior J.R. Moore scored a career high 12 points as the Tigers took a 22-4 lead after the first quarter and cruised to victory.
"It was probably a career high at the varsity level and I know it was a career high in rebounds," Moore said. "I hurt my knee a little bit in the first quarter, but I was happy to be able to get back in the game."
Ryan Sagaser scored 11 points for the Tigers, Carl Peterson 10, and Josh Ewings along with Brad Woosley scored eight points apiece in the game where the reserves got most of the court time.
Monument/Dayville added 24 points in the second period to hold a commanding 46-10 halftime advantages.
Khanh Huynh and Josh Thatcher connected for 12 points each to pace Long Creek.
Monument/Dayville def. Ukiah 68-43
UKIAH - All five starters scored in double figures on Saturday as Monument/Dayville rolled to a 68-43 victory over the Cougars to finish the regular season with a 11-7 record in TriCo League games.
Peterson recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Brad Woosley had 14 points and eight boards.
Cody Riggs scored 12 points, Guy Andersen had 11 points and seven rebounds and Mani Martin had 10 points.
In the third quarter, the Tigers put the game out of reach scoring 22 points while holding the Cougars to nine.