REV boys basketball holds on to top Pacific in Kiwanis final - San Bernardino County Sun

on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Arroyo Valley High school in San Bernardino, Ca.(Photo by Micah Escamilla, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacific High School’s Robert Youngblood, right, shoots over Redlands East Valley High School’s Luke Mathis during the San Bernardino Kiwanis Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Arroyo Valley High school in San Bernardino, Ca.(Photo by Micah Escamilla, Contributing Photographer)

  • Redlands East Valley High School’s Da’Sean Stevens, left, controls the ball as Pacific High School’s Mitchell Taylor defends during the San Bernardino Kiwanis Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Arroyo Valley High school in San Bernardino, Ca.(Photo by Micah Escamilla, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pacific High School’s Robert Frazier, right, shoots over Redlands East Valley High School’s Owen Fromm during the San Bernardino Kiwanis Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Arroyo Valley High school in San Bernardino, Ca.(Photo by Micah Escamilla, Contributing Photographer)

  • Redlands East Valley High School’s Brent Young, center, is helped up by teammates Sebastian Zerpa, left, and Luke Mathis during the San Bernardino Kiwanis Basketball Tournament against Pacific High School on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Arroyo Valley High school in San Bernardino, Ca.(Photo by Micah Escamilla, Contributing Photographer)

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    SAN BERNARDINO >> The Redlands East Valley boys basketball team survived a late run for the second night in a row to win the 61st San Bernardino Kiwanis Basketball Tournament on Saturday behind a 73-62 win over Pacific at Arroyo Valley High.

    Redlands East Valley led by as many as 17 points late in the third quarter, but Pacific closed to within seven points at 60-53 with about 4 minutes to play.

    REV followed with a 3-pointer from senior guard Brent Young on the next possession, followed by a layup from Sebastian Zerpa to push the margin back up to 12 points to give the Wildcats more of a cushion.

    Young in the first half helped REV jump out to a big lead after Zerpa picked up two fouls early in the first quarter. Young scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half, nailing six 3-pointers altogether, and he earned the tournament’s MVP award for his efforts.

    REV led 17-8 after the first quarter and 44-27 at halftime, claiming the tournament championship for the first time since 2014.

    Junior point guard Hakeem Banuelos added 13 points and freshman Da’Sean Stevens chipped in with 13 as well. Zerpa and Sam Gonzalez earned all-tournament honors.

    Robert Youngblood once again had a big game for Pacific by scoring 35 points, a night after putting up 37 points. He earned an all-tournament nod as well as the tournament’s inspirational award.

    Elijah Driver put up 11 points, and Robert Frazier added nine points and earned all-tournament honors.

    REV reached the tournament final by winning its three earlier games by double digits. On the other hand, Pacific won the tourney opener in blowout fashion, then pulled out a 57-52 win over Aquinas in a quarterfinal game and held off Beaumont in the semifinals 68-54 in overtime.

    In last year’s tournament, each of these teams lost a close game that knocked them out of the tournament before the championship game. Pacific lost in the first round to Jurupa Hills 63-60 on a buzzer-beater. Meanwhile, REV lost to cross-town rival Redlands 62-58 in the semifinals before taking third place.

    REV’s next game will be a nonleague game at Moreno Valley on Jan. 5, then the Wildcats get back to Citrus League play. They won their opener, on Jan. 8 at Carter.

    Pacific returns to Mountain Valley play in a home game against Rubidoux on Jan. 7. The Pirates are 4-1 in league play with their one loss coming against Miller.

    SATURDAY’S RESULTSThird PlaceBeaumont 64, Serrano 455th: Jurupa Valley 49, Aquinas 407th: Carter 70, Arroyo Valley 43Consolation ChampionshipRedlands 61, Ramona 4111th: Barstow 70, Lakeside 6313th: San Gorgonio 47, Riverside County Education Academy 4615th: Fontana 60, Colton 57

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