Cif state basketball how las lomas star made homecoming special west la city college

Then, combined with a solid nucleus that he’d teamed with in middle school, propelled las lomas to its first northern california boys basketball championship and into the division I state final against chino hills on friday night in sacramento.

It should be how he survived a seemingly endless run of bus and BART rides, evening practices and schoolwork before pulling the plug late last school year and enrolling at las lomas.

“halfway through the year at sacred heart, I talked with my parents and decided to go to school closer to home because of the traveling,” robinson said monday. “it was getting a lot between my grades and basketball. It was a lot mentally and physically.”

“I would wake up at 4 o’clock every morning and have to be on the bus at 5:23,” he said.

“then I’d have to be on the 6:03 train.Chino hills it would get me in around seven-ish. School started at 7:55.”

“we were always usually the last ones to practice, so it would be about 9:30 when I’d get out,” he added. “me and a few other guys who lived in the east bay would take BART together. I would take the bus back home from BART. I wouldn’t get home until 10:30, 11 sometimes.

“my freshman year was definitely rough, especially my time management. I had to get used to it on BART, hoping you’d get a seat so you can finish some homework, study for the test that you’ve got.”

Robinson chose sacred heart because he liked then-coach darrell barbour, the school’s mix of athletics and academics and the electric atmosphere that he witnessed at the annual bruce-mahoney game against st. Ignatius, a contest that fills USF’s war memorial gym to capacity.State final

Robinson was on sacred heart’s varsity roster for three years, receiving honorable mention all-west catholic athletic league honors as a sophomore. Las lomas coach brian dietschy and his players, including homer kravets (2), celebrate after winning the CIF norcal division I boys championship game at leavey center in santa clara, calif. On saturday, march 17, 2018. Las lomas prevailed 44-41 over palo alto. (randy vazquez/ bay area news group)

As he was being tested in the defensive-minded WCAL, one of the state’s most competitive leagues, his future high school teammates were enjoying a steady rise in the east bay.

Seniors devin payne, robert prince, jackson “homer” kravets and jason holman have been around for the entire ride — they were on the team’s roster as freshmen — and dietschy is the link between the program’s only squads to reach a regional final, 1988 and now.Chino hills

Lauren’s brother, adam dodge, played for las lomas before graduating in 1994 and her father, richard dodge, was a star on the school’s 1959 team.

“unfortunately, he died of cancer four days after jackson was born and never got to meet his grandson or see him play,” lauren wrote last weekend in an email. “needless to say, there are many generations of LL alumni watching and rooting for this team right now, including some of my dad’s classmates and teammates from 1959.”

“we have some new guys, but they caught on quick,” prince said saturday after las lomas won the norcal division I title with a 44-41 victory over palo alto. For more bay area high school sports coverage follow bay area preps on flipboard.

“we went out there and said we can lock it down, too,” dietschy said.Chino hills “we can play smart. We can play disciplined. We can do whatever it takes to win. We can win a high-scoring game, and we can win a grind it out game. We’ve done both this season.”

Robinson played a major role in the outcome saturday, called on to score and take on the toughest defensive assignment, palo alto senior max dorward, who had 22 points in a semifinal a few days earlier.

“we put our stopper, our defensive stalwart, nathan, on him, and we told everybody don’t help,” dietschy said. “nathan doesn’t need your help. Try to stay spotted up on their shooters. Nate did a great job shutting him down. We didn’t leave their shooters open.”

“I did not expect it to end up how it is now,” robinson said. “in the beginning of the season, everyone talks about winning a state championship.Chino hills but it’s one thing saying you want to win a state championship and then actually doing it.

Chino hills scouting report: only one ball still plays for chino hills — andre, cousin to lonzo, liangelo and lamelo — and he scored 32 points to help lead a stunning comeback in the socal regional division I final against st. John bosco. … ofure ujadghele added 20 points as chino hills outscored bosco 27-2 in the fourth quarter to win 67-51 and advance to its third state final in four years. … “everyone doubted us coming into the season with lamelo ball leaving,” ujadghele said in the postgame news conference. “no one believed in us, so we knew we had to stay together, and now we proved everybody wrong. We’re in the state championship game, and we’re going to get the win.” … san ramon valley beat chino hills 79-71 in the 2015 division I state final … A year later — with lonzo, liangelo and lamelo leading the way — chino hills beat de la salle 70-50 in the state open final to cap a 35-0 season.State final

Las lomas scouting report: the knights began the season with 15 consecutive wins, suffered back-to-back losses and then roared to a league championship and north coast section division II title game appearance. … since losing to bishop O’dowd in the section final, las lomas charged through the regionals, beating franklin, dublin and archbishop mitty at home and palo alto at santa clara university. … the knights start five seniors — jackson “homer” kravets, devin payne, robert prince, jason holman and nathan robinson — and on saturday against palo alto played only seven players. … juniors blake thorpe and J.T. Estes provided 20 minutes apiece off the bench. … this is las lomas’ first appearance in a state final.