It has been a long time since 16-time champion Crenshaw won a City Section basketball title. The last time was in 1997 under the legendary Willie West.
Now the Cougars (18-12) are on the verge of ending the drought. They knocked off Coliseum League rival Fremont, 83-78, to earn a spot in next Saturday's 3 p.m. final against Hamilton at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Ryan Campbell led a fourth-quarter rally that saw the Cougars overcome a 62-55 deficit. Campbell finished with 19 points. Lamar Harris had a big game with 23 points. Deshone Henry led Fremont (22-10) with 22 points.
"I just want to win for Crenshaw," Campbell said.
The Cougars started attacking the basket in the fourth quarter to overcome their deficit and beat a team they had lost to twice this season.
In the other semifinal, Hamilton (12-16) advanced to the final with a 72-51 win over Gardena. Justin Gerber and Louis Walker scored 16 points apiece. Hamilton won a Division III title in 2013 and a Division II title last season.