“We know we can play with any team, and tonight we showed it,” said freshman Buchi Awaji, who had game highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds. After opening a 12-point lead, the Owls settled for early 3-point shots on 4 of 5 possessions, all missing, and allowed Cuesta back in the game. With less than a minute left in the half, Cuesta’s Marquise Venson dribbled the length of the court for an uncontested layup to close the gap to 27-24. “They played a zone defense with their two big men shutting down the middle,” Croy said. “We expected to have scoring droughts, but we didn’t get frustrated and we kept playing defense.” Cuesta’s Jimmy Allen and Kristof Ongenaet entered the game averaging more than a combined 20 rebounds per game, but were held to just seven. GLENDORA – In its first playoff appearance in more than a decade, 14th-seeded Citrus College knocked off 19th-seeded Cuesta College 68-57 on Wednesday night. “This is a huge win for us,” Citrus head coach Rick Croy said. “We’re playing so well right now that we just want the season to keep going. It’s more important than making history.” Cuesta played the Owls evenly through the first 10 minutes and trailed, 16-15, when freshman Richard Frohlich put back offensive rebounds on consecutive possessions. Frohlich’s effort was the catalyst to an 11-0 Citrus run that ended with sophomore Aaron Arango’s third 3-pointer of the half. Cuesta’s Jeremy Ralph opened the second half with a 3-pointer, but Arango answered with a 3-pointer of his own to give the Owls breathing room they did not relinquish. With 15 minutes remaining, sloppy dribbling by Ralph led to a steal by Awaji, who passed to sophomore Deonta Black for an authoritative dunk. On the following possession, Black grabbed an offensive rebound and made a jump-hook along the baseline to open a 41-28 lead. “It was important to get production inside from Deonta,” Croy said. “He always battles for tough points.” Citrus will ride its four-game winning streak into Saturday’s matchup with third-seeded San Bernardino Valley. The Owls defeated San Bernardino, 82-62, in a pre-conference tournament game earlier this season. “We’re a fearless team and haven’t doubted ourselves all year,” Awaji said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!