La Verne Lutheran loses heartbreaker to Price in final seconds, ending state three-peat bid

Everything appeared to be in place for La Verne Lutheran to earn a dramatic, last-second victory in the Southern California Division IV regional semifinal Tuesday.

There were 6.9 seconds to go and the Trojans trailed by a point when Brian Beard drove the length of the court and tried to set up La Verne’s Grant Jerrett for a potential game-winning layup. But Jerrett couldn’t handle the pass and the buzzer sounded with Jerrett on his knees in disbelief.

Los Angeles Price upset the defending two-time state champion Trojans, 53-52, in front of a packed gymnasium at the University of La Verne.

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  • Bohifan

    Tough game but great season Lutheran. Speaking of basketball did anyone else see former Bonita high player and former sgv player of the year brock Zylstra on sportscenters highlight of the night! He is all over We don’t get that every night. Congrats to Brock and his team on the historic comeback

  • Realityczech

    I did see that. Then I thought of all the hot air blown around about Eckler coachiing “overachievers”. LOL! What other locals have a current D1 player under their belt? Bonnita has talent

  • sgvpride

    They do have talent, the rest of the Bonita folks are just trying say they don’t to have an excuse for all the playoffs games of “underacheiving”.

  • Tough Lose

    I just wanted to give a shout out to Grant Jerrett and the La Verne Lutheran team for a great career and great season. Grant and his folks have been class acts at all times and could not be nicer or more gracious people.

    Good luck to a wonderful young man who is a very hard worker, humble young fella and someone with a huge amount of great things in store for himself heading into college. I wanted to thank Grant for providing so many wonderful memories over the years and for being such a kind, considerate and respectful gentleman.

    Good luck and thanks again, it was truly a pleasure to meet you and watch you ball out over the years!

  • DEborah

    Sadly, public schools cannot compete with the dominating private schools in Div. 4aa. Private schools need their own play-off system. Let’s compare apples to apples. LaVerne Lutheran is multi-talented but not because they just happen to get the kids in their attendance area. It is a travesty to the public schools that are stuck in Div. 4aa. Too bad no one cares.

  • Realityczech

    How many public schools are in that entire division? Very few – probably under 10. And most are out in the desert. And those schools wouldn’t have beat the good public schools in 3A/3AA anyway. Muir is a public school and had just as good a chnace to win as anybody. Centennial and TwentyNine Palms have won the division before and Laguna Beach and El Segundo have made deep runs. Quit making excuses.