The Archbishop Mitty Monarchs boy's basketball team was looking for their fourth straight Central Coast Section Title this past Saturday but not in the Division II bracket. Instead, this time it was for the inaugural Open Division bragging rights. The Monarchs had won 11 out of their last 12 games, coming into the big matchup against West Catholic League rival Serra. The Padres beat the Monarchs once this season, handing them their only league loss. Coming into the game, the Monarchs staged a fourth quarter semi-final comeback, their fifth come from behind victory this season. Serra played Sacred Heart Cathedral and led by as many as 22 points during the game, earning their way to the championship.
In Saturday's championship game between Serra and Mitty the Padres started off with the lead, while Mitty answered right back in the second quarter. The Monarchs took as much as an eleven point lead during the first half. However, Serra found their rhythm in the third going on a 10-0 run to take a 36-35 lead with just a few minutes left in the third quarter.
The Monarchs answered right away scoring the next five points and Mitty would not look back, winning 55 to 46. Aaron Gordon put up 25 points along with 23 rebounds in front of a jam packed Santa Clara University arena.
As big as Mitty's four-peat win is, they do not have any time to celebrate. The Monarchs will face a talented Newark Memorial team in the opening round of the NorCal Open Division. It's a rematch of last year's NorCal Division II title game. Newark boasts a strong defense and full court press, which challenges many elite teams. This game will be a fought battle between both squads, and both teams boast coaches who know how to get the job done.