The #8 Perris Panthers(21-5, 9-1) defeated #1-seed El Toro Chargers (26-3, 8-0) 64-52 as #7 Villa Park (20-10, 7-5) toppled #2-seed Mission Hills Alemany (21-10, 8-4) to shake up the Division 1A bracket of the CIF Southern Section-Ford Boys Basketball Championships, presented by Farmers.
Perris led 13-10 at the end of the opening period, but a 9-6 second quarter sent both teams into the locker room tied at 19-19. El Toro took the third quarter 12-7, but Perris came on strong with a 23-18 final quarter to send the game into overtime, 49-49. Perris kept the momentum going with a 15-3 run in five minutes to knock off the Division 1A top seed.
#3 Temecula Valley’s 68-63 win over #6 Edison sets up a possible Sunbelt League vs Southwestern League Championship Game if both Perris and TVHS make it through the Final Four round on March 4th.
The Temecula Valley Golden Bears (26-4, 10-0) face the Villa Park Spartans who defeated Godinez (66-50), #10 Palos Verdes Peninsula (61-49) and #2 Alemany (65-62) to earn their Final Four spot.
Villa Park features 6’10” senior Lamont Tyler who averaged 17.3 pts during the season, including a season-high of 38 points against Brea Olinda. Tyler has averaged 24 points over the last five games. He was a key factor in knocking Murrieta Valley out of the Division 2AA playoffs last year.
The Perris Panthers take on the #4 Riverside King Wolves (22-8, 5-5) who dispatched Katella (78-35), #13 Troy (84-62) and #5 Lawndale (62-48) to advance.
King features seniors Chris Lott and Maurice “The Beast” Jones. Lott scored 35 and had nine rebounds and four steals in the game against Troy; he had 17 points against Lawndale. King also features a 6’5” freshman duo: Jordan Robinson and Matthew Mitchell.
Riverside King’s most famous basketball alumnus is Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs who was named State Player of the Year in 2009, his senior year at King.