Season Replayed: Boys Hoops 1985

Willie West (left) and Gary McKnight have combined to win 19 CIF state championships at Crenshaw of Los Angeles & Mater Dei of Santa Ana. Too bad their teams in 1985 weren’t able to face each other. Photos: lagoldeneagles.com & materdeiathletics.org.

Imagine what might happen today if the massive CIF Southern Section were not part of a state championship? Don’t imagine. That’s what happened for the 1984-85 basketball season. It set up a series of insanely difficult final state rankings and team of the year announcements, especially when the top two divisional boys champions in the CIFSS and the CIF Division I boys state champion were all undefeated.

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1985 BOYS BASKETBALL: HOW IT BEGAN

First, keep in mind that the CIF has only had an Open Division for basketball since 2013. And in the early 1980s, there were only three divisions of the state playoffs – I, II and III – and the divisions were mostly determined by enrollment. Even the term competitive equity was perhaps 20 years away from even being mentioned.

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