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Troy crushed by Temecula Valley in 1A playoffs
TEMECULA — Troy needed several things to happen to beat second-seeded Temecula Valley in the CIF-SS Division 1A boys basketball playoffs Wednesday night.
They needed to knock down 3s.
And they needed Riley Schaefer, the Golden Bears’ best player, to play out of his mind — in the bad way.
None of that happened. Instead, Temecula Valley beat Troy, 73-57, behind Schaefer’s 20 points and stalwart 3-point defense.
The Golden Bears mostly played zone defense, with 6-foot-9 Scott Hollingsworth manning the paint and four players suffocating the perimeter.
It clearly worked.
The Warriors, who practically earned their Freeway League at-large berth with 3-pointers, made just 7 of 25 from long range.
“At the end of the day, when you’re playing 6-foot-6 (and) 6-foot-9 (players), it makes it tough, and the margin of error is slim,” Troy coach Aaron Mason said.
Lee didn’t get going until the fourth quarter, when Troy (15-13) outscored a reserve-heavy Bears lineup, 21-10. He finished with 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting.
Shafi, Troy’s tallest player at 6-4, battled hard but lost the war in the paint to Hollingsworth. He scored 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.
“If the story of the season is we came up short because of a few missed baskets, I’ll take that over we just didn’t execute or didn’t put your effort out there,” Mason said. “We did.”
The Bears (25-4, 9-1) jumped out to an 18-5 lead behind 8 first-quarter points from Schaefer, a Cal Poly Pomona basketball signee.
Troy opened the second quarter hot and trailed, 23-12, early in the period. But a quarter-court alley-oop connection between Hollingsworth and Camden Parenti triggered a 21-12 scoring run for the Bears, leaving Troy down, 44-24, at halftime.