The Cougars turned up the second-half defense big-time Thursday night at Ash Fork, with the Chino Valley boys winning 44-25.
After trailing by two points at halftime, Chino buckled down and held Ash Fork to just six points in the third period and then zero points in the fourth.
Senior Cole Padilla, who's been on a tear of late, poured in 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. Junior Justin Corbell pitched in with seven points and eight boards, and junior Jeremiah Moeller added nine points.
CVHS returned home on Friday for Senior Night, hosting Williams, and completing a two-game winning streak by downing the Vikings 54-48.
Key to the effort was Chino's defense, which limited Williams to a measly two points in the second period.
"Great game for our seniors. Great defensive effort to shut high-scoring Williams down," Cougars head coach Bill McKnight said.
Red-hot Padilla kept up his torrid pace with 27 points and eight rebounds. Moeller scored 16 points, and senior Marcus Ferguson hauled down seven rebounds.
The Cougars won't have enough in the final week to earn a playoff berth, though. Chino closes out the season by traveling to Mayer on Monday (results not available by Review deadline) and visiting Williams on Thursday at 7 p.m.