The Southern Section 4A championship game on Friday night at Azusa Pacific lived up to the hype. No. 1-seeded Maranatha, led by Oregon Tyler Dorsey, battled back against Campbell Hall, led by UCLA-bound Aaron Holiday.
Dorsey finished with 25 points. Holiday finished with 25 points. But it was Maranatha's role players who came through in a 59-53 victory.
Sean Romero hit the biggest shot of the game, making a three from the top of the key with 40 seconds left to give Maranatha a four-point cushion and force Campbell Hall to play catchup the rest of the way.
Tey Williams made four consecutive clutch free throws in the final 31 seconds for Maranatha. And 6-foot-10 Trevor Stanback, in his fifth game back since returning from a medical condition, looked like the Trevor Stanback of old, contributing eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
"I'm finally back," Stanback proclaimed.
Jordan Cohen had a big game for the Vikings (24-9) with 10 poiints. Romero and Williams each had 12 points for Maranatha (20-8).
Tim Tucker, hired away from Pasadena to turn around the Maranatha program, delivered in his second season.