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Yuba hosts Skyline Saturday: 49ers open NorCal playoffs at No. 5 seed, need two wins to get to Elite Eight

Feb. 29—The California Community College Athletic Association Northern California Regional sweet 16 is set, with the No. 5 seeded Yuba College men's basketball team earning a round two date with Skyline at home Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Marysville campus.

Yuba College head men's basketball coach Doug Cornelius said Skyline will present a challenge on Saturday due in part to the league it plays in. Skyline is a member of what Cornelius called the state's No 1 league.

Skyline (20-10), seeded 12th, took down Golden Valley Conference champion College of the Siskiyous, 82-54 on Wednesday to advance to a matchup with Yuba College.

Skyline is led in part by freshman and Riordan product Achilles Woodson, who is averaging a shade over 17 points per game.

Yuba will counter with its top scorer, Devon Malcolm, who is just under 16 a game through 27 games recorded.

For Yuba (26-2), Saturday marks the start of the 2024 postseason with the hope of winning two games to get to the Elite Eight at Mt. San Antonio College starting March 15. According to published records, Yuba's last appearance in the Elite Eight — which includes the top-4 from Northern California and the four best from SoCal — was 2018.

Yuba's last appearance in the state championship was 2011-2012 when it fell to Fresno City College, according to reports.

A win for Yuba on Saturday and it advances into round three where it's likely to take on San Jose on the road on March 9. No. 4 San Jose hosts No. 13/14 West Hills Lemoore on Saturday.

To pre-purchase tickets to the game visit https://yc.yccd.edu/athletics/.

CCCAA does not stream regional games

CCCAA does not stream regional playoff games so it said via a release to be wary of fraudulent social media posts that request credit card payment to watch," the governing body noted.

Yuba College is planning to stream Saturday's game at the Yuba Athletics YouTube Channel. The game will not appear at https://www.youtube.com/@yubaathletics104 until the stream goes live at 6:56 p.m.

Dhaliwal, Butte host Hartnell Saturday

Karine Dhaliwal, last year's top scorer on the Yuba City High girls basketball team, and top-seed Butte College will host No. 16 Hartnell (20-9) at 6 p.m. Saturday in Butte Valley.

Dhaliwal appeared in 21 games as a freshman for Butte, averaging just over five points for the Roadrunners while shooting 35 percent from the field and 27 percent from 3-point range.

Butte enters the playoffs 27-1, with its lone loss coming to the Southern California No. 1 seed Mt. SAC, 65-62 in overtime back in November.

Dhaliwal and the Roadrunners need two wins to get to Mt. SAC starting March 14 for the CCCAA state championship tournament that begins with the Elite Eight — consisting of the top-4 from NorCal and the SoCal top-4.