DUBLIN -- The Washington High boys basketball team is apparently enjoying its underdog role in the North Coast Section Division II playoffs.
Washington, seeded 14th, earned its second straight upset win Friday, bouncing back from an early deficit and earning a 52-45 victory against host and No. 6 seed Dublin in the Division II quarterfinals. On Tuesday, the Huskies upset No. 3 seed College Park 61-50.
"It's all about defense and rebounding and having confidence in ourselves," said Washington senior Caleb Baskett, who scored six of his game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter. "Whoever our opponent is, we will come and play our game."
It is the first time since 2004 that the Huskies have reached the NCS semifinals. They will face the winner of Saturday's game between No. 7 Maria Carrillo and No. 2 Newark Memorial.
Dublin (14-13) kept it close, and trailed 47-43 with less than a minute go to. But then Baskett completed an unusual three-point play with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Baskett sank his first free-throw attempt and missed his second. But he followed up his shot, grabbed the rebound and scored on a layup for a 50-43 Washington advantage.
Harmon Sra and Sanket Desai added 11 points apiece for Washington (16-12). Bryce Knox paced Dublin with 13 points.