BAKERSFIELD – Led by Allen Crabbe’s 25 points, Price of Los Angeles beat St. Mary’s of Berkeley, 69-51, to win the CIF Division IV boys' basketball state championship at Rabobank Arena on Friday.
Crabbe scored 10 points in the third quarter and helped his team turn a nine-point halftime lead into a 15-point third-quarter lead.
Price’s Richard Solomon fouled out with four minutes to play in the fourth quarter and his team up by 18 points. Even at that point, Solomon said he didn’t want his team to let up.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” said Solomon, who scored 22 points on nine-for-11 shooting. “It’s not over until the buzzer sounds. I was just happy for my team.”
Solomon, the California-bound senior, was one of three players to score in double figures for Price. Crabbe, who’s also going to California in the fall, made eight of 15 shots and was eight for nine from the free-throw line. Skylar Spencer scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds.
In addition to scoring some easy baskets in the paint, Price outrebounded St. Mary’s, 43-21. Price pulled down 13 offensive rebounds to St. Mary’s five.
Price coach Michael Lynch said he wanted to play to his team’s strength, shot-blocking and rebounding. He wanted St. Mary’s to challenge Solomon and Spencer in the paint, and not take too many outside shots.
“Our hope was that they really wouldn’t torch us from the outside,” Lynch said.
Justin Pollard led St. Mary’s with 18 points, but was only four-of-14 from the field. He did make 10-of-11 free throws.
Baral Glen scored 13 points, eight in the first half, and had six rebounds.