SACRAMENTO (AP) — Aaron Gordon had 33 points and 20 rebounds as Archbishop Mitty of San Jose defeated Las Costa Canyon of Carlsbad, 78-57, to win the California boys’ Division II championship Friday at Power Balance Pavilion.
Gordon, just a junior, threatened his own state championship record of 21 rebounds, set last year, but came out of the game with 1:14 left after Mitty (31-3) had put the game away. Gordon’s challenge to the record came as part of the Monarchs’41-25 domination of the boards.
David Travers was practically the whole show for La Costa Canyon (34-3), scoring 22 points, including all but six of the Mavericks’ points in the first half. Matt Shrigley added 13 for La Costa Canyon.
The Mavericks were clearly hurt by Eric Magnuson’s foul trouble. The 6-6 center, who will play football at Michigan, fouled out after playing just 8:56.
It was Mitty’s second straight state championship.
Division II girls
Mitty 56, J.W. North 54
Kalyn Simon and Emily Dinger each scored 16 points as Archbishop Mitty of San Jose held off J.W. North of Riverside, 56-54, to win the California girls’ Division II championship at Power Balance Pavilion Friday.
Mitty (28-5) was the heavy favorite over upstart J. W. North, which was 4-21 last season but finished this year 30-6. North, however, couldn’t overcome the Monarchs’ depth. Kelli Hayes had 13 points and Amanda Lovely had 12 rebounds for Mitty, which eventually wore down the Huskies.
Simone DeCoud led North with 14 points and Akilah Martin and Priscilla Brooks each had 11.
The championship was the fifth for Mitty, the last coming in 2008.
Division IV boys
Salesian 70, Price 56
Jabari Bird scored 24 points as Salesian of Richmond beat Price of Los Angeles, 70-56, to win the boys’ Division V state championships at Power Balance Pavilion Friday.
Jermaine Edmonds came off the bench to score 10 for the Pride (34-2), who shot 52 percent from the field.
Khalil Johnson topped Price (26-9) with 17 points, while Trey Dickerson had 15 and Skylar Spencer 14. What hurt the Knights, though, was free-throwing shooting: They were just 14 of 28 from the line.
Price jumped out to an early 14-5 lead, but the Pride chipped away and were up one, 31-30 at the half. Salesian pulled away in the third quarter, building an eight-point lead, and though Price tied the score at 43, after that, it was all Salesian.
The state title was the second for the Pride, the first coming in 2009 on a last-second shot. Salesian did not lose to a California team this season
Division IV girls
La Jolla Country Day 72, Salesian 39
Kelsey Plum scored 32 points as La Jolla Country Day rolled over Salesian of Richmond, 72-39, to win the California girls’ Division IV title at Power Balance Pavilion Friday.
Plum, just a junior, tied a Division IV record held by La Jolla Country Day alumna Candice Wiggins with five three-pointers, and Maya Hood had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Torreys (32-1).
Mariya Moore led Salesian (31-5) with 19 points, and MaAne Mosley added 10 points and 12 rebounds, but the Pride fell behind 9-0 at the start of the game, and it was 31-10 at halftime.
This is the third state championship for La Jolla Country Day, but the first since 2002 under coach Terri Bamford.