Finally, maybe some due credit for this area in basketball.
For the entire history of the state championships — the modern version since 1982 — only one basketball program from the Inland Valley or San Bernardino County made the state championship game, the Chino girls in 1986. Chino lost in the Division II title game and no school since has made it that far, until the Eisenhower boys this year.
Friday night, Ike finished off the first basketball state championship in the area’s history, with a 73-61 victory over Rocklin in the Division II championship at Arco Arena in Sacramento. Creighton-bound senior guard Andrew Bock scored 17 points, while Bryan Bock, Alex Varner and Nick Carter scored 11 points apiece. Ike just pulled away in the second half to defeat Rocklin for the second time this season. They overcame a 26-point, 19-rebound, 10-block effort by Rocklin’s 6-10 UCLA-bound Brendan Lane.
Congratulations go out coach Steve Johnson and the Eagles. Your hard work and dedication has paid off.