Among the crowd of some 9,000 at Golden 1 Center on Saturday night watching the CIF state Open Division boys’ basketball championship game was Stephen Thompson Sr., one of the best players in City Section history. He used to fly through the air on his way to a dunk while leading Crenshaw to consecutive state titles in 1985 and 1986.
An assistant coach at Oregon State, Thompson finally got to enjoy watching his second son, Ethan, play for the title. At the end, the father was smiling and marveling at the accomplishments of his son and his Torrance Bishop Montgomery teammates.
The Knights defeated Roseville Woodcreek, 74-67, to conclude a 31-2 season.