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VALLEJO — Bethel High’s Daseion Cole and Rodney Cook combined for 43 points Friday as the host Jaguars knocked Oak Ridge out of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I basketball playoffs with a 74-59 quarterfinal victory.
The duo had 21 in the first half. The victory advances Bethel (23-6) to the semifinals at Power Point Pavilion for the program’s first-ever postseason trip to the former Arco Arena.
The fifth-seed Jaguars raced to a 22-13 first quarter lead before No. 13 Troy, led by Bryce Scott’s 30 points on 13-of-20 floor, closed the gap to 32-27 at the halftime break.
As Oak Ridge stayed within striking distance, Cole was instrumental in a third-quarter run to build Bethel’s advantage to 57-45 going to the fourth.
The defeat denied the Trojans a return to the building that saw Oak Ridge win the 2005 state title. It also lost an opportunity to join Delta River League neighbors Sheldon, Pleasant Grove and Jesuit in the semis.
The Jaguars play the No. 1 Huskies next.
Scott Sanchez scored 14 points for the Trojans, Matt Howard added nine, Connor Sende, four, and Josh Simms, two.
Oak Ridge finishes with an overall record of 15-13.
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