The Gridley High School boys basketball team finds itself in a pretty good position as it prepares to host the 64th Gridley Invitational Basketball Tournament this week.
The Bulldogs are off to a 4-0 start after winning the Herb Jergentz Tournament in Durham this past weekend.
Second-year Gridley head coach Chay Dake likes how his team is playing as the big annual local hoops showcase arrives.
"We're off to a pretty good start," Dake said. "We're playing well and getting contributions from everyone."
The three straight tournament wins come on the heels of a big win over Marysville in the tournament opener.
Gridley defeated Durham, 68-44 in its tourney opener, following that up with a 58-46 win over Rancho Cotate in the semis. The Bulldogs closed with a 15-3 run to put that win away and advance to the finals against Central Valley.
Gridley bested CV, 53-37 to win the tournament hardware in Durham.
Gridley senior guard Brian Wilkerson earned MVP honors, tallying 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the title tilt against Central Valley.
Tyler Little and Grant Tull also earned all-tournament honors for Gridley.
Brandon Lara also had a great game for Gridley in the finals, with six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Bulldogs open GIBT play with a 7 p.m. game against Salesian Thursday night at Farmer's Hall.
Meanwhile, the Gridley girls hosted their own tournament as well.
The Bulldogs opened play at farmer's Hall last Thursday night against Willows, falling 54-49. They beat Orland handily, 66-38 in the consolation bracket semifinals before losing to Oroville, 57-41 in the consolation title tilt on Saturday.
Kelseyville won the tournament, besting Bethel, 51-48.
Maddyson Tull earned all-tournament honors for Gridley. She had 34 points in the consolation semifinal win over Orland.