“He’s definitely feeling better,” Bedgood said of Akanno. “We’ll test it out before the game and see where he’s at.” Whereas_ the loss of Akanno might have spelled the end of the Vikings’ season had it been in the preleague, they led by 20-plus points going into the fourth quarter against Mission Prep. “Now, it seems kind of effortless to get them to play together because they’ve bought into the system and have been through so much,” said Bedgood, who’s in his first year at Valencia after coaching Saugus the previous four seasons.” Without Akanno in the lineup last Friday, the Vikings leaned on their bigs Josh Assiff, Jayden Trower and Richard Kawakami, who were the team’s top three scorers and combined for 45 points. Valencia will once again be tasked with slowing down a team on a streak. Hesperia (24-5) has won 14 games in a row since gaining the services of Oak Hills transfer Jaden Shackelford. Shackelford — a 6-foot-2 junior — has averaged 18 points through Hesperia’s two playoff victories. “We were able to get some game film from their latest win and before (Shackelford) was eligible,” Bedgood said. “We’ve felt pretty good about we’ve matched up lately but any time you play a team that used to winning, you know they’re not going to be pushed around.” SCCS to host La Quinta The Cardinals will look to make it 12 wins in a row Tuesday night when they host La Quinta in the Division 5AAA quarterfinals at 7 p.m. at The Master’s University. SCCS made quick work of Rubidoux in the second round with an 83-23 victory after receiving a first-round bye. MORE: SCCS boys hoops starts strong and doesn’t stop against Rubidoux With a win, the Cardinals would play either Bloomington or Fairmont Prep on Friday.
Valencia’s big fellas Josh Assiff (17 pts, 9 rebs) and Jayden Trower (15 pts, 7 rebs) talk about advancing to the quarterfinals after being knocked out in 1st round last year. These guys are not short for energy, I can promise you that. pic.twitter.com/Sg8uRCKgzq— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) February 17, 2018