Falcons extend success at Senior Night basketball game


After an emotional Senior Night celebration last Wednesday, six seniors led the No. 1-ranked Torrey Pines Boys’ Basketball team (26-2, 9-0) to a 78-35 win over a stubborn Rancho Bernardo squad who came within 6 points of beating Torrey Pines just two weeks ago.

The Senior Night game was played at Torrey Pines High School in front of a large crowd there to honor seniors from the Torrey Pines boys and girls basketball teams and the Torrey Pines cheer squad.

The boys’ basketball program has been led this season by six seniors: Dominic Hovasse, Timmy Saunders, Marek Sullivan, Jack Beach, Connor Milmoe and David Glaser. Going undefeated through their freshman and JV seasons, the seniors have now brought that success to a 26-2 record at the varsity level, enhancing the reputation of the legendary Torrey Pines basketball program under 18-year Head Coach John Olive.

“I am very proud of our seniors,” said Olive. “They brought tremendous energy on an emotional night, and they are all special young men with very bright futures.”

The Senior Night ceremony was punctuated by the surprise return of senior Point Guard Dominic Hovasse’s father, Tom Hovasse, who flew in from Japan to surprise his son and attend the festivities. The elder Hovasse, who played college basketball for Penn State and played and coached professional basketball in Japan, spends considerable there as a coach for the Japanese Women’s National Basketball team. According to Dominic Hovasse, “It was an emotional night, with my dad flying back and walking out with me on my senior night. I’ve been playing with most of these guys for over five years. It’s sad to see it almost come to an end, but we’re excited to try to end the season on a high note.”

While the game against Rancho Bernardo got off to a furious start with the score tied 10-10 midway through the first quarter, Torrey Pines quickly asserted itself and handily won the Palomar league match. Leading the team in scoring against Rancho Bernardo were Hovasse (15 points), Saunders (14 points), Strong (14 points), Beach (12 points), Sullivan (9 points), Milmoe (5 points), and Glaser (3 points).

Extending their winning streak to 16 games, the win brought Torrey Pines to 9-0 in Palomar League (other Palomar League teams besides Rancho Bernardo are Canyon Crest Academy, Mt. Carmel, Westview and Poway). Torrey Pines already clinched the Palomar League title on Feb. 13 after a 74-49 win over Poway. CIF Playoffs in the highest Open Division for Torrey Pines will begin on Friday, Feb. 27, where Torrey Pines will have the No. 1 seed. Their opponent will be announced shortly after completion of Palomar League Play and the game will be at Torrey Pines High School at 7 p.m.

The Torrey Pines Boys Basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the San Diego Section (Division 1) according to MaxPreps and No. 1 in the Union Tribune Poll over Foothills Christian, La Costa Canyon and a host of other very good teams in San Diego. Torrey Pines gained the No. 1 ranking after a decisive 26-point win on Jan. 19 over rival La Costa Canyon, who previously held the top ranking in the San Diego Section.

Torrey Pines’ seniors all cited the big win over rival La Costa Canyon as one of the season highlights to date. Senior Timmy Saunders said, “It was a huge win, and a big momentum shift for our season. We have been undefeated ever since, and we hope to close out the season with a CIF title.”

Torrey Pines has not gone unnoticed outside of San Diego County as it is ranked No. 14 in Southern California, according to MaxPreps. Visit www.torreypinesbasketball.com.