The Mayfair boys basketball team is set to host the Redlands East Valley (REV) Wildcats in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1A Playoffs.
The 11th seeded Wildcats (23-7, 12-2) finished second in the Citrus League behind Cajon. They picked up several wins over ranked teams during the season, including Colony, Cajon, and Highland, who are ranked first, fourth, and eighth in Division 2A respectively. They have a lot of size, but are a threat from deep as well.
Eastern Washington commit Kim Aiken has been a dominant force for REV. The 6-7 senior forward averaged 25 points and nearly 12 rebounds per game in the regular season. He recorded eight 30 point games and 19 double-doubles on the season.
6-5 senior guard Blake Hermann is second on the team with 11.6 points per game with 6-7 center Mykale Williams just behind at 9.3 points per game while also contributing 7.2 rebounds per game. Owen Fromm, a 6-5 sophomore center, also plays a lot and gives the Wildcats even more size. Along with their bigs they also have several guards who spread the court with their shooting and passing ability.
In their 70-63 opening round win Long Beach Jordan, Aiken hit five threes en route to a 32-point, 10-rebound performance. Hermann chipped in 23 points for the Wildcats, knocking down four shots from deep. The team finished 10 of 19 from three point range.
Mayfair is coming off a 58-55 first round win over the sixth-seeded Chaminade Eagles. Freshman Josh Christopher scored seven of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 46-40 deficit at the end of the third.
The only common opponent the two teams have is Orange Lutheran. Mayfair pulled out a close one point win over the Lancers while REV fell by nine points.
To move on the Monsoons will need to use their speed and athleticism to bother the bigger Wildcats while also keeping tabs on the guards. Offensively they will need to continue to move the ball around and knock down their shots at a better rate than they have of late.
The winner will face the winner of the matchup between third-seeded Los Altos and 14th-seeded Peninsula on Tuesday.