Before Saturday night's Southern Section Division 1AA championship game, Long Beach Poly senior forward Ryan Anderson wanted to see 20-20. By game's end, he and his teammates had their sights set on a state title.
Anderson finished with 18 points and 21 rebounds, and Alexis Moore added 16 points, three assists and three steals in the Jackrabbits' wire-to-wire 68-52 victory over Corona Centennial at the Anaheim Convention Center. Poly (29-1) led by as many as 23 points, and four players reached double digits in scoring.
"One of our assistant coaches [A.J. Diggs] said he wanted me to go for 20 and 20 tonight, and that put me in the mind-set I needed," said Anderson, who had five more rebounds than the entire Centennial team. "I wasn't as concerned about the points. I mainly wanted to get 20 rebounds."
The top-seeded Jackrabbits scored the first eight points and never looked back, repeatedly beating Centennial's vaunted pressure defense for transition baskets.