They take their basketball seriously at Thousand Oaks High, where the fan section is known as the Green Hole. And they were whipped into a frenzy in the second half Friday night, with the Lancers rallying for a 46-43 victory over Calabasas in a Marmonte League game.
Dakota Pierce, who has a 4.77 grade-point average and is committed to MIT, made a basket with 1 minute 26 seconds left to give Thousand Oaks (16-3, 5-1) a 44-43 advantage.
Calabasas (15-3, 5-1) never scored again. The Coyotes were outscored, 14-5, in the fourth quarter. Thousand Oaks was able to shut down the Coyotes' best scorer, Jeremy Lieberman, who finished with six points. Max Hoetzel had 17 points for Calabasas.
Pierce had 16 points for the Lancers.
"We held them to 15 points in the second half. That was the key," Thousand Oaks Coach Richard Endres said. "I was pleased with our defensive effort. Lieberman can shoot NBA threes. If he gets hot, there's no stopping him. On our championship ring it says, 'Defense wins championships.'"