Thursday, March 24, 2011
State Basketball: Div. II boys, Summit vs. Archbishop Mitty
By Blair Angulo
CIF STATE BOYS DIVISION II
At Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento
Matchup: Fontana Summit (28-8) vs. San Jose Archbishop Mitty (31-2), Friday, 8 p.m.
How they got here: Summit: beat Narbonne, 72-70 (OT); Ventura, 66-45; Peninsula, 79-74; San Diego Lincoln, 74-69 to win the Southern California Regional.
Archbishop Mitty: beat Casa Grande, 71-43; Las Lomas, 70-61; Woodcreek, 67-44 to win the Northern California Regional.
Key Players: Point guard Montigo Alford willed Summit to a comeback effort against San Diego Lincoln, scoring 15 of his team-high 18 in the second half. The SkyHawks have more options, including Darrick Arnold, Devon Alexander and sixth-man Cameron Lewis. Mitty's Aaron Gordon, the brother of former UCLA forward Drew Gordon, is ESPNU's eight-best prospect for the class of 2013.
What to expect: As the top-seeded team in the Northern California Division II Regional, Archbishop Mitty was supposed to be in this position. The Monarchs have been here twice before, in 2007 and 2008. They lost to Santa Ana Mater Dei both times. It's a different story for Summit. No one expected the SkyHawks' flight to Sacramento after they received a No. 10 seeding for the Southern California Regional. The odds were even greater last week at Galen Center, where Summit faced off against one of the state's best teams in Lincoln. So can the surprising SkyHawks, in only their fifth year as a varsity program, do it again?