Comanche makes it four in a row, leads Beverly Hills to CIF-SS 3A crown
There's only one way the CIF Southern Section 3A championship game could have ended -- with Beverly Hills forward Chance Comanche on top.
After all, he won a CIF Southern Section championship at St. Bernard as a freshman. He won the LA City Section championship at View Park in his sophomore and junior seasons. And now this.
On Friday night, he made it four in a row by guiding Beverly Hills to its first CIF Southern Section title since 1969 with a 55-47 win over Corona del Mar (24-7) in the 3A final.
That's two City section titles sandwiched between two CIF Southern Section titles for the Arizona-bound forward if you're scoring at home.
"That's good," Beverly Hills head coach Jarvis Turner said. "He's been lucky. Not many guys have four CIF championships. So it's good for him. (I'm) proud of him."
As he's been many times during the season for the Normans (25-5), Comanche was a calming influence for his teammates exemplifying the traits of a tremendous leader.
The Normans held a narrow five-point lead at halftime. Coming out of the locker room, Comanche implored his teammates to not to think of themselves as playing in a championship game but to just play their game.
In the second half, they did just that holding the Sea Kings to nine points in the third and 32 percent shooting in the second half.
Once the time had expired, Comanche, once again, found himself in a familiar place. His 6-10 frame sticking out from among his teammates, he took the CIF championship plaque and with his right arm raised it in the air drawing a large roar from his teammates and the Beverly Hills contingent that made the trip to Azusa Pacific University.
Comanche, for the fourth time in his high school career, is a CIF sectional champion.
"It feels great," said Comanche, who finished with 10 points, five rebounds, and four blocks. "Not many people can say they done it. I'm proud to say I'm one of them and I'm just happy that we won."