ANAHEIM – The hugs seemed to last forever, and then there was Pasadena High school boys basketball coach Tim Tucker, holding on to the championship trophy like someone was going to take it from him. “I waited a long time for this,” Tucker said. “This is staying with me for a while.” Senior forward Nigel Ajere scored a game-high 27 points with nine rebounds, and guard Trevon Harmon finished with 25 points and six assists as the top-ranked Bulldogs (30-2) claimed their first title since 1995. “This is my final year and this is what we came to do,” said Harmon, a four-year varsity player. “St. Bernard played well, but we weren’t going to be stopped today. This is the greatest feeling in the world, to finally celebrate with our fans after coming close so many times.” It also was special for Ajere, who transferred from Arcadia High to add the inside presence the Bulldogs needed. “I’ve been hoping for something like this my whole life,” Ajere said. “I finally came to the right team with the right players and we all came together to get this championship.” It was the fourth boys basketball title in the school’s history and first under Tucker, who led the Bulldogs to championship games in 2002 and ’05. It was vintage Bulldogs basketball, finishing the CIF-SS Division II-AA playoffs the way it started – in dominating fashion. Pasadena provided the final exclamation point by routing unseeded St. Bernard 79-63 on Saturday in the championship at Honda Center in Anaheim. Tucker also won a championship as a Bulldogs player, and was delighted to win with his son Landon Tucker on the team. “The last two minutes were like an hour. I kept looking at the score and the clock and hoping it would end,” Tucker said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!