Early in the first quarter of Saturday's Southern Section Open Division championship game at Honda Center, Chino Hills students started throwing around beach balls and a plastic green alligator in the seating area while their No. 1-ranked basketball team began to dismantle another opponent.
Even Chino Hills fans need a little distraction on occasion.
Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (26-4), considered the second-best team in California, fell behind by 18 points in the first quarter, trailed by 23 points at halftime and never figured out what to do to counter Chino Hills' scoring surges.
The Huskies (31-0) cruised to their first Southern Section championship, 105-83, and provided plenty of entertainment in the process.
There was an Eli Scott dunk down the lane that had some 12,000 fans screaming in delight. There was a 30-foot three-pointer by 14-year-old freshman LaMelo Ball. And there was the Huskies reaching 100 points for the 17th time this season, one short of tying the state record.
"We're glad about the win, but at the end of the day, we still got to get one more," Lonzo Ball said. "It's another step. We took that step and now we have to get to the top."
There's little explanation for what's been happening to Chino Hills opponents other than to say it's a season like few others in Southern California history. The Huskies are blowing out good teams, and they're doing it with a style that just hasn't been seen before.
"What separates Chino Hills is their commitment to their system and it fits perfectly their kids," Nichols said.