There was a chance that the Baseline League of the CIF Southern Section would win two boys basketball state titles on Friday night in Berkeley.
Damien of La Verne got it done in the Division III final with a win against Campolindo of Moraga, but Chino Hills fell short with its double-overtime loss to San Ramon Valley of Danville.
One league winning two state titles is rare, but it did happen just last year with Mater Dei of Santa Ana (Open Division) & St. John Bosco of Bellflower (Division II), both from the Trinity League.
The Trinity League also accomplished the feat in 2008 when the Monarchs took home the top plaque in Division II with Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita (led by Klay Thompson) doing the same in Division III.
Before that, however, you have to go back to 1991 when two teams from Orange County from a different league than Mater Dei’s, the Sea View, cashed in with Tustin in Division II and Estancia of Costa Mesa in Division III.
The only other time it happened since the CIF began conducting state basketball championships in 1981 was in 1990 when Mater Dei (Division I) and Servite of Anaheim (Division II) both won titles.
It did not happen in 2004 when two teams from the same city, Compton, won state titles because Dominguez of Compton (Division II) and Centennial of Compton (Division III) were in different leagues.
It also almost happened in 2011 when St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda won the D5 state final, but Salesian of Richmond fell short in D4.
Speaking of same leagues, EBAL has won the D1 in back to back years and sent 3 different teams to State in the last 5 years.