The Ventura boys basketball team advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs with a 69-48 win over West Ranch on Wednesday night at Ventura High School.
Ventura's Jon McMurry said his team had to shake off some "jitters" in the first quarter before opening up a 15-point lead at halftime.
Teammate Dylan Houck said some of the Ventura players are experiencing playoffs for the first time and that might have contributed to the slow start against West Ranch.
West Ranch had a 17-16 after the first quarter, but Ventura outscored West Ranch, 20-4, in the second quarter.
Ventura will play Ocean View in the second round on Friday night.