There are several subplots between Pasadena Polly (14-2) and Host Arcadia (11-7) in Wednesday’s CIF South Division 4AA men’s basketball final launching at 5:00 p.m.
This is Arcadia’s first appearance in the divisional final. For Pasadena Polly, the show’s eighth appearance came in 1999 when it ended in the divisional finals, when the Panthers lost to Santa Clara High and Ventura County coach legend Lou Civicanovich, 76-52, UC Irvine.
But the most interesting story lies in the coach’s bench where veteran Pasadena police coach Brad Hall will play his former assistant and current Arcadia coach Nick Wallace. It will be the student vs. departmental championship teacher.
It will be a rematch of an out-of-league game in Arcadia on April 22, with Polly subcontracting the Apache 2 Ap-10 in the second quarter, leading to her convincing 0-56 victory.
As the junior team coach, I (Pasadena) started my coaching career at Polly, “Wallace said after Saturday’s semifinal victory 644-60 at Paramount.” Coach Brad Hall hired me. He texted me (before the Paramount game). he hoped to meet us. That’s all. wanted
The division finals hall is not strange. He has won two division titles as a coach at Pasadena Polly. The first championship came in 1984 when he won the small school division title with a 65-62 victory over the crossroads of the Panthers. Defeating Polly Montclair Prep 59-53 for the Masters College Division 5-AA title took 11 years before she won her second title.
Arcadia goalkeeper Adrián Hernández scored 26 points in a victory over Claremont in Saturday’s semifinal.
Seed Pasadena Polly at the top gave his fanbase no reason to worry about beating his opponent by a 336-point margin during this playoff. Guards Justin Odibo, a sophomore, and Jack Williamson, a young man, are performing at the top.
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