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Mater Dei wins California boy’s Open Open Division boys hoop championship

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POSTED March 25, 2013 1:09 a.m.

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Stanley Johnson scored 26 points as Mater Dei of Santa Ana defeated Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, 50-45, to win the first California boys’ Open Division championship Saturday at Sleep Train Arena.

Elijah Brown added 11 points for Mater Dei (34-2), which extended its record with its 10th state title, all under coach Gary McKnight.

Mater Dei shot just 25 percent from the field but made 13 of 16 free throws.

Aaron Gordon, the top unsigned senior in the country, had 22 points and 20 rebounds for Mitty (29-5), but the Northern California champions had 22 turnovers.

Mitty started the game on a 6-0 run but Mater Dei went 11-10 with 1:24 left in the first quarter, and led the rest of the first half. Johnson scored 17 points in the first half and Gordon added 13.

Mitty came out fast to start the third quarter and took a 29-27 lead on a Brandon Farrell layup, but Johnson then scored 10 points in just over two minutes, drawing three fouls on Gordon in the process.



OPEN DIVISION

Bishop O’Dowd 60, Windward 45

Ariell Bostick scored 17 points to lead Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland past Windward of Los Angeles, 60-45, and win the first California girls’ Open Division championship Saturday at Sleep Train Arena.

K.C. Waters, a senior who will play for California next year, finished with 12 points and 20 rebounds for Bishop O’Dowd (30-3). Breanna Brown, another senior who will play for Virginia Tech, added 10 points and 14 rebounds.

The Dragons had 61 rebounds, including 12 from Oderah Chidom, who added nine points.

Jordin Canada scored 19 points for Windward, which came into the game 32-0. Emily Surloff and Kristen Simon both finished with 10.

Bishop O’Dowd trailed 5-0 in the early going, but rode 11 points from Bostick to a 27-10 lead with 4:30 left in the second quarter.

The two teams played in late December. Windward won that game easily, 58-43, but the Dragons haven’t lost since, and won their second state title.



BOYS DIVISION  II

Redondo Union 54, Pleasant Hill 47

Jeremiah Headley came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 13 rebounds as Redondo Union defeated College Park of Pleasant Hill, 54-47, to win the California boys’ Division II championship Saturday at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena.

Ian Fox had 11 points and Derek Biale added 10 for Redondo Union (28-8).

Joe Demers had 13 points and 14 rebounds for College Park (26-6), which went from the 11th seed in the NorCal brackets to the finals. The Falcons led after one quarter, but when Redondo Union took an 18-16 lead, the Sea Hawks never trailed again.

This was the first state championship for Redondo Union.



GIRLS DIVISION II

Lynwood 39, St. Francis 26

Jazmine Johnson scored 11 points as Lynwood ground out a 39-26 win over St. Francis of Mountain View to take the California girls’ Division II championship at Sleep Train Pavilion on Saturday.

Although Lynwood (29-5) shot just 25 percent from the field, the Knights collected 23 offensive rebounds. Amber Blockmon had nine all by herself.

Lynwood also forced 26 turnovers to outlast defensive-minded St. Francis (24-9).

Lauren Johnson was the leading scorer for St. Francis with 10 points, and Jennifer Lucian grabbed 14 rebounds.

This was the fourth state title for Lynwood and coach Ellis Barfield, with the last coming in 2003.

St. Francis was making its first appearance in a California championship game.



BOYS DIVISION IV:

Pacific Hills 58, Cardinal Newman 52

Namon Wright had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Pacific Hills of West Hollywood past Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa, 58-52, in the boys’ Division IV California championships at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday.

Marcus Jackson had a game-high 23 points for Pacific Hills (29-4). Jahmel Taylor had 14 points for the Bruins, who won their second state title.

Tim McCullough and Corey Hammel each had 15 points for Cardinal Newman (32-4), and Kenny Love added 10.

Cardinal Newman stayed close by confusing Pacific Hills with a 1-3-1 zone, but in the end the Southern California champion had too much athleticism and skill.



GIRLS DIVISION 4

Serra 62, Salesian 60

Siera Thompson scored 26 points as Serra of Gardena held off Salesian of Richmond, 62-60, to win the California girls’ Division IV title at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday.

Deandrea Toler added 20 points and eight rebounds for Serra (30-5), which won its first state title. The Cavaliers made 23 of 39 free throws and forced five late turnovers to hang on to what had been a 15-point third-quarter lead.

Mariya Moore led Salesian (29-7) with 35 points, including a record-setting 17 of 20 from the line. Moore also had 10 rebounds and five assists.

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