"You can take a little bit from last year's game,'' said Valley coach Joe McCoy, "because a lot of their kids are back, like ours.
"We'll have to rebound because they're probably a little bit bigger than we are, so we've got to keep them off the boards. And we'll have to pick up our defense because they look to shoot the ball outside. So if we can put some pressure on them and block out, it ought to be a pretty good ballgame.''
Valley features four double-figure scorers in 6-6 sophomore Zac Warden (18.5), 5-7 sophomore Henry Barron-Houchins (13.0), 6-4 sophomore Druw Bowen (11.6) and 6-0 senior Raeshawn Breckenridge (10.9).
Buffalo (10-6) and West (8-5) haven't met since early in the 2011-12 season, when the Bison won 66-48. Bradley Harris, then a sophomore, had 12 points for Buffalo that game.
However, Bison coach Chuck Elkins pointed out that the Cavaliers had the since-departed 6-foot-7 Josh Martin that night, and their approach is vastly different now.
"They lost him,'' Elkins said, "but they pretty much have the same group and are in the same boat as we are - they're not a real big team. A lot of real good shooters and ball-handlers, but no size.
"It's going to be a battle of who can outrun each other, because they play the same-type game we do. They like to press and run and shoot, but have no size to play a post-up game.''
In its earlier rounds, the Bison beat Valley Wetzel 83-55 and Cameron 70-60, but lost at Clay-Battelle 65-46.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.