Coaches say you cannot teach experience and it’s hard to beat. Monte Vista High School serves as a prime example.
With an all-senior lineup of inside scorers, shooters, ballhandlers, stoppers and leaders, the Mustangs of Danville beat Centennial of Corona 66-55 on Friday night in the CIF State Division I boys championship game at Sleep Train Arenafor the program’s first title.
Guard Trevor John scored 22 points, including a D-I record-tying six three-pointers, as Monte Vista made 11 of 16 threes. Grant Johnson had 12 points and six rebounds for Monte Vista, which finished a school-record 32-1.
Division III – Michael Oguine had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Chaminade of West Hills raced past Sir Francis Drake of San Anselmo 71-51 for its first title. Chaminade held a 53-33 rebounding margin against Drake, which failed to win its league or section but went 4-0 in the Northern California tournament.
Division V –Temidayo Yussuf had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Lamont Banks powered inside for 14 and seven as St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda shot 61 percent to beat Renaissance Academy of La Canada 57-32 for the program’s NorCal-leading fifth title and second since 2011.
“I’m up at 4 in the morning, and I’m crying,” longtime St. Joseph coach Don Lippi said. “I ask my wife, ‘Honey, are you awake? I am now, she says.’ We put in so much work, so much effort and want it so bad for these kids.”
Division III – Meagan Warwick and Lexi Tubbs scored 11 points each and Modesto Christian beat Santa Barbara 64-55 for its first championship in three appearances in the final. Amber Melgoza scored 30 points, including an all-divisions-record 20 of 28 free-throw attempts, for the Dons.
Division V – Marissa Hing had 17 points and six assists to power Pinewood of Los Altos Hills past La Jolla Country Day 60-42. It’s the sixth state title for Panthers coach Doc Scheppler and fifth since 2005.
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