The D-4 CIF Championship game seemed to be in Maranatha's hands when they started the 4th quarter with a commanding 32-18 lead over Calvin Christian. Up by 14 points in a low-scoring game that featured stellar defense, the Eagles seemed poised to walk away with their first section title.
But after several Eagle shots rattled in and out of the hoop and players ran into foul trouble, Calvin picked up momentum and scored 10 unanswered points to put the game within 4 points with under a minute to play. Pressure began to rise and the once relaxed Maranatha fans were now holding their breath and sitting on the edge of their seats. Maranatha had not scored a point in the 4th quarter.
With less than 5 seconds remaining, junior Aidan Parsons scored to give Maranatha some breathing room, stretching the lead to 6 and locking in the victory - and the championship.
The team's lone senior, Jake Sanderlin led the team in scoring with 15 including 3 clutch 3-pointers. Parsons finished with 10 and led the team with 15 rebounds.
The #1 seeded Eagles handed Calvin (19-3) their only 3 losses for the season. Two were in Pacific League battles where Maranatha finished a perfect 10-0, winning the League championship and Maranatha broke their hearts once again in the CIF Championship game.
The Eagles now move on to the State Regional Tournament where they were awarded the #2 seed and will take on Edgewood High School from West Covina. They will play at home on Tuesday, 6/15. Tip-off is at 7:00.