AB Lozoya’s 40-point outing helps Warriros return to Sweet 16

SANTA ROSA — Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games.

That old saying held true on Tuesday night when Santa Rosa senior point guard AB Lozoya had a game to remember as he scored a career high 40 points in a 76-71 playoff win against Corpus Christi London.

Lozoya’s monster performance earned him this week’s Valley Morning Star boys Player of the Week honors.

“It’s an honor to win player of the week. Santa Rosa is meant for basketball and for me to win this means a lot to me and my team.” Lozoya said.

This year marks Lozoya’s third trip to the Sweet 16 and prior to his team’s matchup against London, Lozoya felt he was in the zone.

“So many people doubted us,” Lozoya said. “We wanted to make the Sweet 16 for coach and for our team. All we had to do was believe in ourselves and we did that.

“I told coach since our shoot around that I was feeling it. I didn’t think I was going to shoot that many times, but I just wanted to keep it going. When they told me how many points I scored, I was surprised but I was just happy that we picked up the win.”

Up next for the Warriors is a Class 3A regional semifinal showdown against Marion at 6 tonight at Seguin High School.