Knights upset keeps postseason hopes alive

San Diego City College men’s basketball move on to the Sweet 16 round of the Southern California Regionals playoffs


Aarmon Mehdiyan

Knights center Legend Stamps and Cougars forward Isaiah Hawk at tip-off during Feb. 26 game. Photo by Aarmon Mehdiyan/City Times

Vicky Pineda, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The San Diego City College men’s basketball team stunned defending state champion Fullerton College on its home floor, winning 63-61 in the second round of the Southern California Regionals playoffs on Saturday.

The No. 11 Knights now have just one game separating them from the state championship game.

City (25-5) has history with the Hornets when it comes to important games. 

Saturday’s game was a rematch of the 2017 State Final game, in which the Knights defeated Fullerton on a last-second layup, 55-51. The teams have met four times in the past. 

Knights guard Dominic Hovasse had a game-high 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and a block. Teammates Victor Irhirhi added 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Kai Huntsberry gave 11 points and 5 rebounds. 

Hornets guard Devin Howlin led the team with 20 points, followed by forward/center Jacob Eyman with 15 points. 

The Knights take their seven-game win streak and return to the road to visit No. 3 Los Angeles Valley (24-5) this Saturday. The tip-off will begin on March 7 at 7 p.m.   

The winner of that Sweet 16 games will advance to the state championship tournament.