As of Friday, point guard Jeremy Lieberman of Calabasas said he was having trouble walking because of a severe ankle sprain on Tuesday in a semifinal playoff game.
But rehab and a strong taping of his ankle made everything work out Saturday, and he helped lead the Coyotes to a 66-47 victory over Sonora in the Southern Section Division 2A championship game at the Honda Center.
"It was probably the worse ankle sprain I ever experienced," he said of his injury. "I wasn't able to walk yesterday morning."
He did just fine on the court, playing the distributor role to perfection with six assists. Austin Smith scored 19 points, Conner Longmire had 17, Larry Bush scored 12 and Justin Bessard hit a key three-pointer during an 11-0 Calabasas spurt in the fourth quarter that put away the top-seeded Raiders (28-4).
Longmire made six of eight shots and made major contributions on offense.
"I let the game come to me," said Longmire, a junior. "When my opportunities came, I took advantage."
It was the second title in three years for the Coyotes (27-5) and Coach Jon Palarz, who also won two titles when he was at Campbell Hall.
Sonora was led by Josh Rodriguez, who finished with 14 points. Ben Rico added 12 points.