At Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield Today
Boys’ Division V: La Verne Lutheran 35, Ross Branson 32
Girls’ Division III: Stockton St. Mary’s 89, Bishop Amat 41
Lutheran game story: In an agonizingly slow-paced game that forced the high-powered La Verne Lutheran boys basketball team out of its comfort zone – the Trojans found a way to win anyway. Bruce English finished with 10 points, and C.J. Cooper hit the go-ahead basket with 54 seconds left to lead the Trojans to the CIF-State Division V boys basketball title with a 35-32 victory over Ross Branson at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield on Saturday, capping a memorable season that included a CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA title and Southern California Regional Division 5 championship.
Bishop Amat game story: St. Mary’s of Stockton was not only playing for the CIF-State Division III girls basketball title on Saturday against Bishop Amat at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, the Rams wanted to put the finishing touches on a mythical national title after entering the contest on top of several national polls. They won’t get an argument from Bishop Amat. St. Mary’s 89-41 victory over Bishop Amat set a state finals record for most points in a state championship game, breaking the previous mark of 82 points shared by Willows (1988) and Piedmont (2005).