Loyola 71-69, 1:38 left

Miles Cartwright just drained two free throws to put the Cubs in the lead in a back-and-forth fourth quarter. Cartwright has a game-high 32 points for Loyola while Andrew Bock leads Ike with 26. Free-throw shooting has been Ike’s flaw thus far, as they are 3 of 8 from the charity stripe.

Ike up 55-48 through 3

And Andrew Bock continues to feel the flow, hitting another 3-pointer as the Eagles built their lead to as many as nine. Bock had 15 in the quarter and has 17 overall. Great quarter for the Eagles, who outscored Loyola 26-15 and neutralized the Cubs’ size advantage inside.

Fourth quarter to start.

Bock feeling the flow

Andrew Bock has awoken suddenly in the third quarter, scoring 12 points in the last four minutes and most recently, assisting Nicholas Carter on a transition layup that has Ike up 52-44 with 1:38 left in the third. The Eagles are on a 17-5 run, with two Bock 3-pointers helping that burst.

The OC double dip

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.