The basketball race in the Marmonte League is finally starting to heat up.
The race for second place, that is.
With every team expected to be cannon fodder for highly regarded Simi Valley High this season, the real race is for the league's other two playoff spots.
In a game that featured the two teams regarded as the best of the rest, Thousand Oaks moved into second place with a 58-50 victory at Camarillo on Wednesday night.
The Lancers (5-7 overall) improved to 3-1 in league play, their only Marmonte defeat coming against Simi Valley.
Camarillo (7-6), which plays at Simi Valley on Friday, fell to 2-1 in league play.
"I was real pleased with our work ethic," Thousand Oaks Coach Ed Chevalier said.
He should have been. The Lancers outrebounded Camarillo, 41-23, and outshot the Scorpions from the field, 42% to 31%.
"Thousand Oaks played good defense. They out-hustled us to the ball. They came at us with the kind of commitment we've been showing," Camarillo Coach John Harbour said. "We had a chance to get away from everybody and now we're right back in the pack."