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Pasadena primed for successful run

first_imgLife at the top can be quite lonely in the world of sports. Many area high school boys basketball teams want to finish alone at the top in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. A handful of teams are hoping a high seed can provide the difference between going home early and reaching the championship game. Pasadena High is primed for a big run in Division II-AA. For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs (25-2) were given the No. 1 seed and will play host to either Bishop Amat or Golden Valley on Friday. The Bulldogs also know all too well what it’s like to be knocked off the pedestal prematurely after last year’s 64-62 loss at Perris in the second round. “We worked hard to get back to where we are and we feel like we’ve got unfinished business from last year,” Pasadena coach Tim Tucker said. “We’re not looking at putting ourselves into (Honda Center), we’re just looking at ourselves as playing one game at a time. “Our motto is `Win or go home.’ ” Added Bulldogs guard Trevon Harmon: “We got ahead of ourselves last year and didn’t come in as prepared as we should have. I think this year we’ve got our head on our shoulders and we’re ready to play.” center_img The Bulldogs, a team built around seniors this time around, enter this year’s postseason knowing how hungry and focused they need to be to avoid another long bus ride home. “The one thing that I haven’t hid from all year is the feeling that we had on the bus going home after that game, knowing that there’s a game we should have won,” Tucker said. “We were good enough to get to the finals last year and we didn’t. “We’ve been dealing with not just playing hard, but our IQ about what we want to accomplish in a game.” Maranatha (17-8) is another school that wants to accomplish big things in the postseason. The Minutemen are the No. 1 seed in Division V-AA and earned a first-round bye despite a 57-44 loss to No. 2-seeded Pacific Hills (17-8) in the Delphic League finale. Maranatha will host the winner of today’s first-round game between North County Christian and Saddleback Valley Christian in the second round Friday. Renaissance Academy (23-1) earned the No. 2 seed in Division III-A, but will take its show on the road for a first-round game against Laguna Hills on Friday. The Hawks (14-13) finished second to Corona Del Mar in the Pacific Coast League. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img