Chino Hills (Calif.) rolled through the 2015-16 season, going undefeated and being named the nation’s top team in the Super 25 boys basketball rankings.
And, despite the departure of ALL-USA Player of the Year Lonzo Ball, the Huskies were supposed to be just as dominant in 2016-17. However, they learned this weekend that it may be difficult playing with a target on their backs, especially when the team they’re facing is led by their ex-coach.
Chino Hills was upset 74-70 by Fairfax (Los Angeles) in the Platinum Division championship game of the fourth annual Summer Block Party at Maranatha High in Pasadena.
Fairfax is coached by Steve Baik, the reigning ALL-USA Coach of the Year, who stepped down from the helm at Chino Hills after the 35-0 season.
It should be noted that the Huskies were without UCLA commit LiAngelo Ball, who sat out with a sprained ankle.
“They weren’t at their best, but our guys really stepped up and deserve all the credit,” Baik told the Los Angeles Times. “We have lots of improving to do.”
The teams will meet again next week.