On Saturday night they got it done.
Budinger scored 50 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had three blocks in La Costa Canyon's 85-73 victory over No. 2 Eastlake at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Budinger's 50 points moved him into second place in the county's single season scoring mark. He trails former Wildcat and current Arizona Diamondback Tony Clark who scored 1,337 in 1990. He passed NBA Hall Of Famer Bill Walton for second.
He was 17-of-30 in the first half alone and after Eastlake cut the lead to 10 at the end of the third but Budinger promptly rattled off 12 in the final period of play to ice the game.
The win was the 16th straight for the Mavericks, who also snapped Eastlake's 24-game win streak in the process.
Budinger averaged 41 points in the playoffs and his 2,850 career points are the fifth best in state history.
Villa Park hit five of six three pointers in the first quarter but cooled off in the second and Mater Dei took advantage. Duke commit Taylor King came up big in the Monarch's 80-67 win. King scored 29 points, including 12 in the pivotal second quarter.
It is Mater Dei's sixth regional title in the past seven seasons.
Wing prospect Drew Viney scored 20 points for Villa Park.
Jeff Withey helped lead Horizon High School to the San Diego Section Division IV title with a 61-48 over Francis Parker. It was the fourth straight title for Horizon. Withey, one of 2008's best center prospects, scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win. The Panthers used a 14-0 fourth quarter run to grab the lead and propel themselves to their 15th straight win. They have won 11 of the last 12 league titles and will now move on to the Southern Region state playoffs. Campbell Hall featured the Holiday brothers and experience in big games but none of that mattered as Gardena Serra bounced the top-seeded Vikings 73-59.
Nic Wise has been a winner his whole career and continued that trend in the Region III-5A title game. His Kingwood team was 0-3 this season against previously unbeaten Westfield but pulled the shocker in a 76-67 win.
The Mustangs now advance to the State 5A Tournament where they are the defending champions.
Wise was huge in the win. He had a game high 32 points and served notice early on with back-to-back three pointers that the region title went through him and his team, not the nation's second ranked team, which is exactly where USA Today had Westfield ranked.
Leading 13-4 at the end of the first, Wise continued to exert his will in the second scoring seven of Kingwood's first nine points. They led by as many as 21 in the first half.
Kingwood shot 83 percent from the field in the second half, but still allowed Westfield to make a run. A last second shot made it a single digit game.