Danny Cheek said the Corona del Mar High boys' basketball team played Lutheran of La Verne in the summer.
The two teams square off again tonight at 7 at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. More is at stake this time around.
The winner moves on to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division III-AA playoffs, a place Cheek has never been to with the Sea Kings. Cheek said Lutheran is not giving him much of a chance to get there in his final high school season.
"Because of the team we have, they're going to expect to run all over us when we get there," Cheek said. "We've got to come out with a lot of energy.
"We beat them [in the summer]. We already beat La Verne Lutheran."
Cheek does not have to repeat himself to believe CdM can knock off Lutheran again.
The Northern Arizona University-bound senior cannot wait to face the Trojans one more time and get past them in a meaningful contest. Tonight's quarterfinal matchup between fifth-seeded CdM (19-9) and fourth-seeded Lutheran (20-4) is one of the section's marquee games.