On Tuesday evening, the Monsoon boys basketball team will head to Rolling Hills Estates for a CIF Southern Section Division 1A quarterfinals showdown with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Panthers.
The Panthers (19-9, 7-3) hail from the Bay League where they finished second behind the undefeated league champions and Open Division qualifier Redondo Union Sea Hawks. They hold wins over Serra, ranked 13 in 1AA (minus the Open Division Teams), Rancho Christian, ranked sixth in 2A. They also had a one point loss to 1A’s top seeded Harvard-Westlake.
Mayfair and Peninsula faced off in late November in the last game of the Pac Shores Tournament. The Monsoons struggled to get anything going as they fell 80-67 to the Panthers. Josh Christopher scored 24 points in that game for the Monsoons.
Peninsula dropped their last two games of the regular season to Redondo Union and league rival Palos Verdes, but picked up a dominant 76-36 first round playoff win over Thousand Oaks. Nick Frasso and Wony’a Singleton both scored 17 points while Jordan Gazdik added 13 points.
In their second round game on Friday night, the Panthers upset third-seeded Los Altos 89-81 in overtime. After trailing most the game game, Peninsula came back and tied it in the fourth and pulled away in overtime. Frasso scored at team-high 26 points.
Frasso is a 6 foot 4 inch senior forward while Singleton is a sophomore guard who is a three point threat. Frasso, Gazdik (6 feet 4 inches) and senior forward Blake Godbold at 6 feet 5 inches are the tallest players for the Panthers. Gazdik, Godbold, and senior guards Jake Milch and Tyler Hazard are captains for the Panthers.
Peninsula likes to get out and score, averaging 67 points a game with eight games over 80 points. They shoot well and are difficult to stop once they get going.
Mayfair defeated Chaminade 58-55 in the opening round and Redlands East Valley 86-63 in the second round. J. Christopher has averaged 17.5 points while Caleb Christopher had a game-high 20 points against REV in the second round on Friday night.
The Monsoon defense has been solid through the first two rounds and the team has displayed impressive ball movement to get easy scoring opportunities.
The game is set to tip-off at 7 pm on Tuesday.