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It's been a good couple days to be a Serra (Gardena, Calif.) basketball player.

File photo by Nicholas Koza

Daddy Ugbede

A day after its girls basketball team shocked the nation's No. 2 team and defending state champion Windward, the boys hoop team knocked off another defending state champ Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.) 69-59 Thursday night in the Southern Section 4AA championship game at the Anaheim Convention Center.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Daddy Ugbede – "That's my name," he told staff writer Eric Sondheimer – made 14 of 20 shots and scored 32 points leading Serra to the victory. Ugbede is a 6-foot-7 senior from Nigeria.

He and 6-10 Emmanual Ndumanya did not make valid change of residencies last season, according to Southern Section officials, thus Serra was left out of the playoffs. The season before, Serra won a state championship.

Lutheran (23-7) was hampered Thursday largely because McDonald's All-American selection Grant Jerrett was saddled with foul trouble. He picked up his fourth foul with 1:32 left in the third quarter and returned four minutes later and by that time Serra was in control.

Jerrett finished with 19 points. Dakarai Tucker added 21 for Serra (29-2).

On Wednesday, Caila Hailey sunk three free throws in the final 6.5 seconds to lift Serra to a wild 82-77 triple-overtime win over Windward (Los Angeles) in the 4AA title game also at the Anaheim Convention Center.

According to the Times, Siera Thompson had 22 points and UNLV-signee Rejane Verin added 20 for Serra (27-3) in a game that featured 17 times and 16 lead changes. Jordin Canada had 21 points and Kristen Simon 17 for Windward (27-4).

Serra needed an 18-11 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Windward, like La Verne, is not eliminated from the post season. Both will have on to Southern California playoff action next week.