Friday, March 25, 2011
State Basketball: Div. II boys, Archbishop Mitty 53, Summit 50
By Blair Angulo
SACRAMENTO -- The glass slipper fit, but the clock had to strike midnight eventually.
Fontana Summit's surprise run ended Friday night, as the SkyHawks fell to San Jose Archbishop Mitty, 53-50, in the CIF State Boys Division II basketball championship at Power Balance Pavilion. Summit had made it out of the Southern California Regional as the No. 10 seed and in just its fifth year as a varsity program.
"This is the best group of kids you would want to coach," Summit coach Steven Hickey said. "We as a staff are so proud of these guys. It hurts, but I'm still proud of them."
Summit (28-8) had the ball trailing by one with 18.7 seconds left, but an errant pass by Dorian Cason led to a Mitty (32-2) bucket. Montigo Alford missed the tying shot at the other end, giving the Monarchs their first state title.
"It felt amazing," Mitty forward Aaron Gordon said. "There are no words to express how good that felt. ... I had an out-of-body experience when that ball went over (Alford's) head."
Gordon, one of the top sophomore prospects in the nation, had 17 points and tied a CIF State title-game record with 21 rebounds. Mitty survived despite the fact that Gordon did not score in the final 12 minutes as he battled foul trouble.
Summit (28-8) scored the game's first seven points before Mitty capped the opening quarter on a 9-2 run. Gordon had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the first half alone, guiding the Monarchs to a 26-19 lead at the break. About the only thing he did wrong was pick up a technical foul for smacking the glass after thunderous two-handed dunk.
The SkyHawks opened the second half on a 10-3 spurt to tie it up and hung tough for the remainder. They went into the fourth quarter down three and finally pulled even with 30 seconds left on a lay in by Quinton Lilley. Cason had a game-high 19 to go along with 14 boards. Summit would have been in trouble if not for its 11 free throw makes in the second half. They missed all 17 of their three-pointers.
"I love my guys," Hickey said. "They can't all go in."