CIF State Boys Basketball Championship WrapUp

The 2008 CIF State Boys Basketball Championships at Sacramento saw three SoCal schools bring home titles and two NorCal schools earn championships.'s basketball guru Herb Lissade was on hand for the title games at Arco Arena...

The 2008 California Interscholastic Federation State Basketball Championships at Arco Arena, in Sacramento, was an exciting event to attend. You had the whose who of high school basketball on the floor playing, the whose who in college basketball recruiting and pros in the stands watching. The event was well covered by a host of media outlets from all over California and GSP was there as well. So I'll give it a whirl and go over the boy's basketball portion of the event.

I'll start of with Boys Division 5 and finish with Boys Division 1. I'll give the results of the Girls games as well.


Curtis Elijah hit the first five points of the fourth quarter, to ignite his team past Renaissance to a 40-33 victory. Branson H.S. won their third straight California championship. This was coach Jonas Honick's final game after 26 years at Branson. Renaissance is a small school, with 105 students from kindergarten through 12th grade, making its first appearance in a state title game.

This win gives NorCal a 12-9 edge in D V boys' championship games.

Sportsmanship Awards went to Justin Cook, Renaissance, and Kalome Akhile of Branson.

For Branson H.S.:

Curtis Elijah, #31, had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. He was followed by Oliver Mcnally, # 10, who had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Oliver Mcnally has verbally committed to Harvard.

For Renaissance H.S. :

Josh Thomas, #11, had the team high score of 11 points. He was followed by Tremaine Tatum, #5, with 10 points and Anthony Stover, #32, who had 6 points and 4 rebounds. Anthony Stover has an offer from USC and interest from Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, Boston College, Gonzaga, Texas, Washington and Washington State. Not a bad short list.

Branson H.S., NorCal Champions vs. Renaissance H.S., SoCal Champions. Again, Branson won the State title with a score of 40 to 33.


DIVISION IV BOYS CAMPBELL HALL (No. Hollywood) def. ST. MARY'S COLLEGE (Berkeley) 83-61

Sportsmanship Awards went to Keegan Hornbuckle, Campbell Hall, and Aalim Moor of St. Mary's.

For Campell Hall H.S. :

Austin McBroom,#5, had 30 points, 3 steals and 7 assist. He's a freshman !

Dallas Rutherford,#33, lit things up with his 20 points, 3 steals, 8 rebounds, and 3 assist. There's interest in Arizona State, Illinois, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, Cal State Northridge and Pacific.

Jrue Holiday, #24, had 19 points, 3 steals, 11 rebounds, and 3 assist. He's verbally committed UCLA and has signed a letter of intent. He currently holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Texas, USC and Washington.

Kevin Hornbuckle, #24, had 11points, 2 steals, 8 rebounds, and 3 assist. Hornbuckle has interest in Arizona State, Colorado, SMU, Arizona ,California, Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Washington, and Washington State.

For St.Mary's H.S.

Chris Brew, #15, had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Dominque Lee , #32, had 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 2 steals. Demetrius Lee, # 5, had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Chris Brew has committed to U.C. Santa Barbara. He holds offers from Arizona, Oregon , and Washington. He was also interested in Arizona, Oregon and Washington. He will join his brother, William Brew, at the University of Santa Barbara.

Campbell Hall H.S., SoCal Champions vs. St. Mary's College H.S., NorCal Champions. Again, Campbell Hall defeated St. Mary's 83 to 61.



This game seemed at times to be a one on one basketball tournament between Klay Thompson, scoring 37 points from Santa Margarita, and Chase Tapley, scoring 35 points, of Sacramento H.S.. Klay Thompson tied the California state finals record with 37 points for Division III, and set another record with seven three-pointers – the most in any league (male or female). Chase Tapley had a spectacular game. He scored 35 points for Sacramento. Tapley had 32 of his team's 42 points and kept Sacramento in the game

This win gives Southern California a 14-12 advantage in Division III boys' championship games.

The Sportsmanship Award went to Jason Pancoe, Santa Margarita and Travon Abraham of Sacramento.

One of the best games of the night.

For Santa Margarita H.S:

Klay Thompson, #1, had 37 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 assist. He's signed a letter of intent to Washington State. Klay holds offers from Michigan, Nevada, Notre Dame, and Pepperdine. He will play for the U.S. all star team on April 13th. Klay Thompson played incredibly well. He scored a single game State Championship record by hitting 7 – 3 pointers and 14 of 22 from the floor. He's the son of former NBA #1 draft pick Mychal Thompson, but has definitely made a name for himself.

Zack Zaragoza, #22, had 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assist

Jaime Serna, #0, had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assist and 1 steal . Jaime has verbally accepted an offer from Santa Barbara.

For Sacramento H.S.:

Chase Tapley, # 22, had 35 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 1 assist. Tapley has an offer from Baylor. He's got interest in Saint Mary's (Ca) and San Diego State, while receiving looks from Kentucky, Stanford and Washington.

Kyle Allen, #45/30, had 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 assist.

Bobby Evans, # 35/25, had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal.

Santa Margarita H.S., SoCal Champions, vs. Sacramento H.S., NorCal, Champions. Again, Santa Margarita defeated Sacramento 72 to 55.


Mater Dei of Santa Ana beat Archbishop Mitty to win its second straight boys' Division II state championship. Mitty (32-2), was ranked sixth in the country and first in the state.

Three players fouled out during the game. There were 52 total fouls, 49 free throws, three technical and one intentional foul.

This was Mater Dei's seventh title out of 11 attempts. Unfortunately Mitty is 0-2.

This win gives Southern California a 19-7 advantage in the boys' Division II

championship games. The Sportsmanship Award went to Andy Brown, Mater Dei, and Chris Weber of Archbishop Mitty.

For Archbishop Mitty H.S.:

Collin Chiverton, #22, had 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. He's signed a letter of intent to St-Mary's of California. Collin also has interest in Arizona State, California, Marquette, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego, and Gonzaga.

Drew Gordon,#32, had 16 points, 3 steals, and 4 rebounds. He's signed a letter of intent to UCLA. Gordon also holds offers from Washington, Arizona, California, Duke, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon and Stanford. He also has interest in North Carolina and Kansas.

Enoch Andoch,#21, had 10 points, 5 assist, and 5 rebounds. Andoch has verbally committed to Bucknell. He also has offers from Liberty, New Mexico, Oral Roberts, and SE Louisiana.

For Mater Dei H.S.:

Andy Brown,#11, had 18 points, 3 steals, 3 assist, and 6 rebounds. Andy has offers from Michigan, San Diego, Utah, Santa Clara, and Santa Barbara. There's also interest from Arizona and California.

David Wear,#12, had 14 points, 2 assist, and 5 rebounds. He's a verbal commit to North Carolina. He holds offers from Arizona, Washington, UCLA, and Stanford – with interest from Duke, Kansas, and USC.

Gary Franklin,#4, had 10 points, 5 assist, and 5 rebounds. Franklin has interest in UCLA, Arizona, and USC.

Travis Wear,#24, had 6 points, 1 steal, 1 assist, and 8 rebounds. He's committed to North Carolina but also has offers from UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Stanford. Wear is also interested in Duke and Kansas.

Archbishop Mitty H.S., NorCal Champions, vs. Mater Dei H.S., SoCal, Champions. Again Mater Dei defeated Archbishop Mitty 65 to 53.

DIVISION I BOYS McCLYMONDS (Oakland) def. DOMINGUEZ (Compton) 73-54

This was the Marquee game for the event. It was fast paced and exciting to watch. Powell had several dunks followed by other players who attacked the basket like a poet. This was the MsClymonds first state championship.

This was the last game for McClymonds coach Dwight Nathaniel. His team lost the state final a year ago. The Mac is definitely back.

The Sportsmanship Award went to Myron Green, Dominguez, and Frank Otis of McClymonds.

For Dominguez H.S. :

Jordan Hamilton,#23, had 20 points, 1 steal, and 8 rebounds. He holds offers from Texas, California, Connecticut, North Carolina State and Arizona. There's interest from Kansas, Syracuse, USC, UCLA and Washington.

Thurman Woods,#33, had 6 points and 7 rebounds. Robert Mandingo, #24, had 5 points and 3 rebounds. Keala King, #03, had 5 points and 4 rebounds.

For McClymonds H.S.:

William Cherry,#22, had 19 points, 4 steals, 7 assist, and 5 rebounds. Damon Powell,#32, had 18 points, 1 steal, and 8 rebounds. Damario Sims,#12, 16 points, 1 steal, 1 assist, 8 rebounds,

Frank Otis, #40, had 8 points, 1 steal, 2 assist, and 13 rebounds. He's verbally committed to SMU. Otis has interest from Creighton, Cal Poly, Boise State, Idaho, Colorado State, George Mason and Loyola Marymount.

Mcclymonds H.S., NorCal Championship, vs. Dominguez H.S., SoCal Champions Again, Mcclymonds defeated Dominguez 73 to 54.

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