Led by legendary SJND basketball coach the late Frank LaPorte, along with Gordie Johnson and Jose Caraballo, the ‘90-’91 Men’s Basketball team had one of the finest seasons in Pilot Basketball history. Despite facing tough competition from across the country, the team, which included McDonald’s All-American and now retired NBA superstar Jason Kidd, would compile a 31-3 record, including a 24-game win streak which would catapult them to a ESAL league title and North Coast Section Championship. In the the Northern California Regional Championship, the Pilots took on rival Bishop O’Dowd, beating the Dragons for the fourth time that year to advance to the State Championship game. On March 16, 1991, the Pilots faced off against Fremont High School of Los Angeles at the Oakland Coliseum, defeating Fremont 67-61 to win the State Championship and become the first team in Northern California to win a CIF State Basketball Championship in the modern format. In 1992, the Men’s Basketball team advanced to the State Championship again where they defeated Mater Dei of Santa Ana to become back-to-back champions.
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