Saddleback Valley Christian out of CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs

Saddleback Valley Christian today was removed from the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs.

Saddleback Valley Christian principal Rod Markum said the school had been notified by the CIF-SS office that the office was reviewing the status of a Saddleback Valley Christian player. The player, a transfer to Saddleback Valley Christian, was ruled ineligible. Saddleback Valley Christian thus forfeited all games in which that ineligible player participated; the number of games forfeited is enough to pull the Warriors out of the playoffs.

“The information we were given was false regarding a transfer,” Markum said.

Markum said the false information was not created by the ineligible player or his family. He declined to identify the source of the information.

Saddleback Valley Christian last month relieved Tom Lewis of his duties as the school’s varsity boys basketball head coach. Markum said he could not give the reason for Lewis’ dismissal as it is a school personnel issue. Assistant coaches were running the team since Lewis’ departure.

The removal of Saddleback Valley Christian from the playoffs created changes to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA bracket in which SVC had been seeded third and was to play at home tonight against Whittier Christian in a first-round game.

Ocean View, which was the No. 4 seed and was to play tonight at home against Beckman, moves SVC’s position as the No. 3 seed and has a first-round bye.

Beckman is home tonight for a first-round game against Whittier Christian. The Whittier Christian-Beckman winner plays at Ocean View in a second-round game Friday.

Crean Lutheran now is 3AA’s No. 4 seed. Crean’s scheduled first-round game is unchanged – the Saints are home tonight against University. The University-Crean game was moved from the lower half of the bracket to the upper half. The University-Crean winner in the second round will play the winner of tonight’s Brea Olinda at Mission Viejo game.

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