About two and a half minutes after Toledo started the scoring, Guillen knocked a shot from 25 yards out dead center from the goal into the net to make it 2-0, and the Panthers were on their way.
Clovis East actually controlled the ball for large stretches of the game, but Aquino and fullback Brayan Robles led a Panthers defense that held up. Clovis East ballhandlers repeatedly worked the ball deep into Pioneer Valley but eventually ran into a Pioneer Valley defense well-massed in the middle, and the Panthers would steal the ball.
Meanwhile, Panthers off the ball were often able to break free on the outside when Pioneer Valley was on offense, and the Pioneer Valley ballhandlers connected with them on well-placed passes, creating transition opportunities.
Pioneer Valley coach Alan Brafman made a mass substitution with about 15 minutes left, and Clovis East briefly made things interesting. Cole Lomeli and Tyler LaGrasse scored about a minute apart for the Timberwolves.
But when a quick third Clovis East opportunity shortly thereafter went by the wayside when a shot went about a foot over the top post, that was pretty much it. Brafman put his starting forwards back in, and Pioneer Valley controlled the ball well enough to keep the Timberwolves at bay.
"I think I put too many guys in at once," said Brafman. "They were cold."
"But I think our boys deserved it. They're really playing well. They haven't lost in quite awhile," since a 3-1 loss to Santa Maria on Jan. 6, in fact. The Panthers have 10 wins and three draws since.
Pioneer Valley and Santa Maria tied 2-2 at Santa Maria Jan. 27.
The Orcutt Academy and St. Joseph girls basketball teams both lost in semifinal games Tuesday night. No, 4 Tehachapi beat top-seeded Orcutt Academy 65-61 at Lakeview Junior High School in Division 2, and No, 2 Clovis rallied for a 66-63 win over No. 3 St. Joseph at Clovis in Division 1.
"That wasn't us playing, it was God helping us," Toledo said afterward Thursday night. "It's God first here.”