Long Beach Poly (24-11) could not overcome a severe scoring drought in the second half and was beaten by San Mateo Serra, 48-43, in Saturday's state Division II championship game at Sleep Train Arena. Poly was trying to win its first state title since 1984.
“We just couldn’t put the ball into the hole,” Coach Shelton Diggs said.
The game was tied at halftime, 19-19, but Serra’s 6-5 Jake Killingsworth ignited a third-quarter surge for the Padres (26-5). He finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Zafir Williams was the only Poly player to reach double figures with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Jackrabbits attempted only three free throws all night, making two. Drew Buggs and Darryl Polk fouled out.
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