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

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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.