Basketball

Chino Hills holds off Las Lomas, wins second state championship in three seasons

Chino Hills celebrates after defeating Las Lomas 73-68 during a CIF State Division I boys basketball championship game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, March 23, 2018.v (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)
Chino Hills celebrates after defeating Las Lomas 73-68 during a CIF State Division I boys basketball championship game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, March 23, 2018.v (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

SACRAMENTO >> The Chino Hills boys basketball team’s season turned out to be sweet after all.

One year ago, LaVar Ball said the program would go from sugar to something far less tasty after his youngest son, LaMelo, graduated. That departure came earlier then expected, as LaVar pulled his son out of school after reported disagreements with new coach Dennis Latimore.

Chino Hills had its share of ups and downs through this season, but that roller coaster of a journey ended on a high note Friday evening.

Onyeka Okongwu capped a phenomenal junior season with 27 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. When Okongwu fouled out with a little more than four minutes left in the game, his teammates stepped up and preserved a 73-68 victory over Las Lomas of Walnut Creek in the CIF State Division I championship game at the Golden 1 Center.

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