The Temecula Valley Golden Bears Boys Basketball team (26-4, 10-0) travelled to Huntington Beach and made school history Friday night with a 68-63 win over the #6-ranked Edison High School Chargers (23-6, 8-2), advancing farther into the postseason than any previous Golden Bears basketball team. This year’s team set other firsts: most wins in a season and first undefeated league season.
TVHS guard Justin Simon was held to nine points in the first half, but exploded for 21 in the second half to lead the Golden Bears to their first Final Four appearance.
The game was scoreless for long minutes before Temecula Valley forward Riley Schaefer scored the first two points and then followed with a three-pointer. The Golden Bears trailed by one going into the second period.
Simon opened the second quarter by nailing a dunk followed by a dunk by guard Riley Schaefer. Edison, a three-point shooting team, matched the rainy weather outside by raining eight in the first half. Point guard Jake Haar dropped three in each quarter. Edison led 32-28 at halftime.
Edison led 59-57 with 4:07 left to play when Edison guard AJ Garrity left the game with an ankle injury. The Golden Bears clawed back with seven unanswered points. Simon drove for a lay-up to tie the game. Zavier’s putback put TV ahead. Simon’s steal and dunk just under the two-minute mark gave TVHS a 63-59 lead. Riley Schafer scored on a lay-up, but Edison’s Brae Ivey hit a three to put the Chargers within two, 65-63 with forty seconds left. A Simon free throw made the score 66-63; Schaefer added the final two free throws for the win.
Edison finished with thirteen three’s on the night. Haar accounted for seven of those.
TVHS moves on to the Final Four round of the Div 1A CIF Southern Section-Ford Playoffs, presented by Farmers and hosts Villa Park (20-5) on their home court Tuesday night. Villa Park knocked off #2-seed Alemany, 65-62.
“Our goal is to make it the final four,” said Simon, “as well as qualify for State. It wouldn’t be possible without the great group of guys on the team and our coaches and staff.” Riley Schaefer added, “It feels great making history.”