It’s a travesty. You put us all in the same division and we’re like crabs in a bucket trying to get out. Then, when we finally get out, you put us at a time when everybody is at work. You don’t put us on TV. You don’t put us on prime time. It’s like … man … it is what it is.” — Lutheran coach Eric Cooper on having to play at 4:45 p.m, on Thursday
Robledo’s thoughts: In Lutheran’s case, I understand CIF’s thinking. I don’t agree with it, but I get it. Even though Lutheran and Serra are two of the best teams in the Southern Section, Lutheran barely has a fan base and CIF doesn’t want to lose money by showcasing them in primetime. They want a packed Arena for the marquee night games and not sure if Lutheran can deliver that for them. Amat, on the other hand, brings plenty of fans to the girls game. I don’t care if you played that game at noon, the fans will come.
STORY: The thought of playing their respective CIF-Southern Section championship games on a weekday at 4:45 p.m. has to be somewhat of a buzz kill for fans of the Bishop Amat High School girls and La Verne Lutheran boys basketball teams.
Amat will play for the Division 3A championship against Oak Park at Anaheim Arena on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. Lutheran plays Serra in Division 4AA on Thursday at Anaheim Arena at 4:45 p.m.