Today I get a unique treat – two CIF title games, two genders, two arenas and one county. Yes I’m doing the double-dip of high school basketball fun today, as I am currently on press row of Honda Center waiting for the Division II-A final between Eisenhower and Los Angeles Loyola to start – which should be in about 15-20 minutes. I’ll also be back at Mater Dei – site of Cajon’s historic 52-44 win over Long Beach Poly last night – to see Colony face Moreno Valley Canyon Springs in the Division I-A girls final at 6:30 tonight.
What I’ll do in between games is up for debate, but what is not is the roster contrasts between No. 1-seeded Ike and No. 3 seed Loyola. The Eagles, led by Creighton-bound point guard Andrew Bock, runs small, with their tallest player being 6-foot-4 and most players running in the 6-0 to 6-1 range. The Eagles like to play at a frenetic pace and average nearly 80 points per game.
Loyola, on the other hand, has a Twin Towers situation – boasting 6-10 junior Tony Wroblicky and 6-9 senior Carl Hoffman. Even junior guard Miles Cartwright – the Cubs’ leading scorer – runs 6-3.
It’ll be an interesting contrast of personnel. Warmups are going on and tipoff will be in roughly 12 minutes.