McKay Anderson used to sit in La Cañada High gym as a child, watching his older brothers play basketball and imagining he, too, would play for the Spartans one day.
However, the 16-year old heard boos when his name was announced Saturday in the lineup before tipoff of La Cañada's CIF State Division III Southern California Regional final championship game.
That's because McKay, unlike his older brothers, was not playing for the Spartans but for La Verne Lutheran, the Spartans' oponent for the championship title.
"I thought it was funny, I really did. I didn't know if they were joking or not, but it didn't bother me," McKay said of the sour reception.
McKay didn't look up at the crowd once, although the stands were filled with his neighbors and friends. The Anderson family still lives in La Cañada. McKay's brother, Rhett, a 2006 La Cañada graduate, sat in USC's Galen Center — on La Verne's side — pulling for his brother. He was shocked by what he saw.