An historic night is set to take place in Santa Clarita this Saturday. The Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals and the Van Nuys Wolves will battle it out for the CIF Division 5 Regional Championship. The winner earns the right to go to Sacramento to play for the California state championship on March 23 or 24. It’s a historic night for both teams since neither have made it this far in the playoffs in their school’s history. The game will take place at The Master’s University at 6 p.m.
Tyree Winborn, the leader of the Wolves, led his team to the L.A City Section Division 3 championship last year and just a few weeks ago he led his team to the L.A. City Section Division 2 championship game where they fell to King Drew on a last-second shot. Winborn has the ability to score 30-40 points in a game. A physical player, he’s not afraid to drive to the basket while presenting a threat from mid-range. Although he is their key player, he has a good supporting cast that includes Matthew Sykes, Josh Updegraph, and Ethan Quiambao.
Together they were the Valley Mission League champions with an 11-1 record. Their overall record is 24-12. They have one common opponent with the Cardinals, South East from South Gate. The Wolves defeated them during regular-season play 69-57. The Cardinals beat South East in the second round of the state playoffs 66-42.
SCCS will look to continue to spread the ball around on offense. As fans witnessed on Tuesday night against San Diego, the Cardinals have multiple players that can score from anywhere on the court. Defensively, expect to see another night of high-pressure defense that should make it difficult for the Wolves to drive the lane.
One part of Cardinal basketball that many don’t notice is the leadership of senior T.J. Lowery. Despite an injury that has sidelined him for much of the season, he continues to support, encourage, and lead his teammates throughout each game.
On the court Jordan Starr, Justin Collins, Kaleb Lowery, Caden Starr, and Noah Veluzat lead the Cardinals. They also have their sixth man: the entire bench. With the likes of Kevin Stone, Andrew Thompson, and Ty Penberthy, Cardinal basketball has multiple threats to turn to.
This is poised to be another exciting game. A packed Bross Court crowd is anticipated at The Master’s University, so plan on arriving early to secure a seat. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for students.
The game will be live-streamed by NFHS Network. The network’s vice president has informed SCCS the live-stream will not be available in Southern California due to Spectrum Sports Network rules (they own the rights to the game). If you have Charter Cable (Spectrum) it will be available live; you can check your listings to find the appropriate channel. If you are out of the area or have family out of the area, the link is below:
We look forward to seeing everyone out there. Be loud. Wear Red. Have fun!!!
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