Sometimes they win with flash and flair.
On other nights, it's a brutishly ugly effort of elbows and free throws that yields positive results.
Regardless, the top-ranked Sheldon Huskies continue to find ways to produce victories, including taking out rival No. 5 Pleasant Grove 65-55 in a Delta River League affair in Elk Grove on Friday night. The triumph crowns the Huskies as DRL champs for the second successive season with six league titles overall.
Sheldon (22-5, 9-1) now rolls into next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff field as a heavy favorite to repeat as large-school champion. The Huskies are a veteran and confident team featuring ballhandlers, slashers, shooters and leaders.
"We're ready," Huskies coach Joey Rollings said. "I feel good. I'll feel a lot better if we reach the section finals and get into the NorCals, but I feel good right now."
Sheldon again was balanced whom do you stop? with the core group producing across the board. Armani Hampton scored 20 points with four three-pointers; Dakarai Allen had 17 points, six rebounds and six deflections; D'Erryl Williams had 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists; Kyi Thomas had seven points and seven rebounds; and Ryan Manning had six rebounds. All can handle the ball. Nate Iese and Tyler Morris provided depth and effort for the Huskies.
Cody Demps had 22 for Pleasant Grove (21-5, 6-4), which will still earn a high enough playoff seed to warrant a home game next week. Playoff brackets will be released by the section office on Sunday afternoon. Cole Nordquist had 13 for Pleasant Grove, which played without guard Malik Thames (ankle).
Rollings was ready to order up a full hearty practice for today before players reminded him that this was also SAT day.
Never seen so many relieved scholars.
The coach will adjust with an eye on more wins.
"We're a good team not great yet," Rollings said. "To be great, we've got to be clicking all over. We can get there."