Santa Rosa’s Perez a big reason behind Warriors’ playoff success

The Santa Rosa Warriors basketball season came to an end Thursday after a 63-54 loss in the Class 3A state semifinals.

Despite the loss, it was a heck of a postseason ride the Warriors took and senior Ryan Perez played a vital role for the Warriors during that run.

Against Marion in semifinals of last week’s Region IV-3A tournament, Perez scored 23 points including an unforgettable buzzer beater that sent the Warriors to the elite eight. And against San Antonio Cole in the regional final, Perez’s hot hand continued as he scored 18 points.

Finally, against Mount Vernon on Thursday, Perez wrapped up his Santa Rosa basketball career with a 14-point performance.

For his tremendous efforts, Perez is the Valley Morning Star boys Player of the Week.

“Winning player of the week is an honor,” he said. My teammates are proud of me to receive the award. All season long, I had my team’s back and they had mine; it has been a great season.”

Perez, who was a transfer this past offseason from Gonzales, filled in and played a vital role for the Warriors.

“Playing for Santa Rosa has been great, they were like family to me,” Perez said. “I thank Coach for giving me the opportunity to play on such an amazing team.”