A look back at Poly boys’ basketball’s classic, ‘magic’ 20th CIF championship

In this installment of The562.org’s Classics video series, we look back at the 2014 Long Beach Poly boys’ basketball CIF Southern Section championship.

The Jackrabbits weren’t even picked to win the Moore League that season, but, with interim head coach Shelton Diggs and two seniors leading the way, a defense-first approach carried Poly through the Division 1AA postseason and past Mission Viejo, 54-46, in the final at Honda Center.

Poly had a handful of future college players on the floor and it showed as they made all of the clutch plays down the stretch. Kameron Murrell (George Mason) scored a team-high 19 points on his 18th birthday, and fellow guard KJ Feagin (Santa Clara/SDSU) scored half of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. This was the 20th CIF basketball championship for Poly, and the Jackrabbits have won a CIF basketball title in each decade since the 1910’s.

“This is a great feeling for us,” Diggs said. “Twenty is the magic number, that’s what we were hoping to get. I’m very proud of our guys today.”

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Mike and JJ go together like mac and cheese: they’re best friends, business partners and Long Beach sports experts. They’ve been working together for over a decade covering Long Beach local sports and now run the562.org, a community-funded nonprofit media outlet.