Eagles snatch up Loyola’s Cubs, 73-61

Fans swarm out of The Cage to celebrate a victory with No. 32 Jack Williams. Photo first published on Eagles Boys' Basketball Webpage.

A wave of aloha-spirited fans breaks out of The Cage to celebrate with senior forward Jack Williams No. 32. Undated photo without  photo credit first published on Eagles Boys’ Basketball Webpage.

By Talon Contributor Conner Hoyt ’15

In a remarkable upset, the Eagles, led by senior forward Jack Williams’ 21 points and 12 rebounds, defeated Loyola for the first time in Coach Todd Wolfson’s six-year tenure.The win puts Chaminade atop the Mission League and ranks us No. 21 in the nation.

While Loyola beat Chaminade 80-60 the first time the schools met Dec. 7, Coach Wolfson’s philosophy on defense seemed to neutralize the Cubs this time. A 27-point lead built up over three quarters showed how much we’ve improved in nine games since we last squared off against Loyola.

The relentless Eagles refused to take a foot off the gas pedal in the Jan. 10 win. Four players reached double figures and each player off the bench made a significant contribution on one end of the floor or the other. Chaminade carries an edgier hunger this year and voracious appetite for CIF and state championships.