ONTARIO — The inevitable happened Saturday night in the Southern California Regional Division IV boys’ basketball championship. Price High of Los Angeles finally shifted gears late in the third quarter and put away Francis Parker of San Diego, 69-48, at Colony High.
Francis Parker (20-10) managed to stay within single digits for much of the first half and into the second, but an 8-0 run at the end of the third quarter gave the Knights a 58-42 lead and they glided from there.
Allen Crabbe was everything that has been written about him. The 6-foot-6 senior guard finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, showing why he’s headed to California on a basketball scholarship later this year. Crabbe, who was named the Gatorade state player of the year in boys’ basketball this week, shot nine for 16 from the floor and three for six from beyond the three-point line. Two of his three-pointers were NBA distance.
Crabbe had plenty of help, however. Namely, 5-7 senior guard Casey Trujeque, who sank a three-pointer to start the run at the end of the third quarter, and finished it off with a driving layup at the buzzer. Trujeque finished with 13 points and seven assists.
Askia Booker was the other Price player in double figures in scoring, contributing 11 points and nine rebounds.
Now, it’s on to the state championship in Bakersfield, a site that’s new to Price but certainly not a level of competition. The Knights (33-3) have won six state championships, all at Arco Arena in Sacramento.