It'd be a stretch to say La Cañada High boys' basketball coach Tom Hofman knew his team would be playing so late into the year.
The Spartans are booked this weekend, though, as they'll be playing La Verne Lutheran in the regional finals of the CIF State Division III Southern California Regional tournament at USC's Galen Center at noon on Saturday.
"We knew we would make a good run in CIF, but we knew the competition would be tough and didn't quite know what to expect in the playoffs," Hofman said. "We didn't know we could win this many close games in a row. It would be a stretch to say I knew we would get this far."
The 2007 La Cañada team was the only other group to have made it this far. It ran into an Artesia team, featuring the likes of current NBA standout for the Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden, and lost, 79-53.