Boys' basketball: Stanley Johnson leads Mater Dei to title
Stanley Johnson scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds to win his third consecutive state championship on Saturday night, leading Santa Ana Mater Dei past San Jose Mitty, 50-45, in the Open Division final at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Aaron Gordon, Mitty's 6-foot-8 senior, had 22 points and 20 rebounds.
“Stanley got pretty tired toward the end, but he put on a show for three quarters,” Coach Gary McKnight said. “It was two of the great players in high school basketball.”
It was the 10th state championship for the Monarchs (34-2), making the program the winningest in state history, surpassing the Brea Olinda girls’ program. Mater Dei survived 25% shooting from the field by taking care of the ball. Mitty (29-5) finished with 22 turnovers.
James McGee, a senior reserve guard, hit a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help Mater Dei build a 12-point lead and enable to the Monarchs to hold on when Mitty made a challenge.
-- Eric Sondheimer