"We're going to have to be ready to go up and down,'' Sancomb said, "and have more possessions in that game. I think our guys know however it goes, they're going to give us some problems.
"They've gotten us twice this year. One was a close game. The second time, they got us up there pretty good. Both [games] were pretty good as far as limiting their possessions. They shot the ball really well at their place in the second game.''
In their most recent postseason meeting, West Liberty ousted Jesuit 87-77 in the 2011 tournament quarterfinals, though the Cardinals lead the Hilltoppers 4-3 all-time in postseason games.
Justin Fritts, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, leads the Cardinals in scoring at 16.0 points per game, followed closely by 6-3 senior guard Ben Siefert (15.6).
West Lib features five players in double figures, led by WVC player of the year Alex Falk (20.5), a 6-4 senior.
In today's other men's semifinal, Fairmont State and A-B will renew acquaintances.
These two teams met only once during the regular season, with the Falcons pulling out an 81-73 home victory on Feb. 14 behind 22 points from Malik Stith. Kurklin Bohanon led the Battlers with 25 points.
"I think first and foremost, they're one of the hardest-playing teams in the league,'' said Fairmont State coach Jerrod Calhoun. "Kirklun Bohanon's an all-league guy. We'll have to get some easy baskets off our defense and get some runouts and be really good in transition.
"We played some different guys off the bench [Thursday] because at this time of year, you've got to be ready for things like heavy legs, foul trouble . . . Teams that advance in March get good bench play, rebound the ball and get easy baskets. If we guard and rebound the basketball, we can do well against anybody in the country.''
Former Martinsburg standout Isaac Thornton, a 6-3 senior guard, leads Fairmont State in scoring at 17.8 points per game, while Bohanon, a 6-3 senior guard, tops A-B at an identical 17.8.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.