SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sheldon Huskies returned to the CIF Boys Open Division State Championship a more experienced, bigger and better team. But, unfortunately for them, so did the Sierra Canyon Timberwolves.
The private school from Chatsworth defeated Sheldon, the public school based in South Sacramento, for the second straight season to capture the State Championship at Golden 1 Center on Saturday night.
A 15-0 run by Sierra Canyon paved the way for a 28-point second quarter, which created a large hole too steep for the Huskies to climb out of.
Kenyon Martin Jr., the son of the former NBA All-Star, scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Sierra Canyon, who rolled to a 76-52 victory over the Huskies becoming the first school to win Open Division state titles in back-to-back seasons.
Sheldon struggled with Sierra Canyon’s size and athleticism, as they watched the Trailblazers sprint up the floor, soar through the air for highlight reel worthy dunks, drawing audible admiration from the Golden 1 Center crowd.
As if being out worked wasn’t bad enough, Sheldon struggled to hit shots, finishing just 33-percent from the floor.
Junior forward Marcus Bagley, the brother of Sacramento Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III scored 17 points, while Darren Tobias pitched in with 12 points for the Huskies. Sheldon seniors Kaito Williams and Justin Nguyen, who typically carry a good portion of the Huskies’ offensive workload, went a combined 0-11 from the field.
Sierra Canyon was also victorious in the Girls Open Division Championship earlier in the day. Timberwolves boys head coach Andre Chevalier’s daughter Ashley scored 20 points in the victory.