Mater Dei Wins in Thriller

It took an extra time frame, but the Monarchs from Mater Dei managed to hold off a very talented and tough Archbishop Mitty team, winning 69-64 in overtime to win the Division II state championship, and their sixth state championship overall.

After going to Arco Arena for the past two years, and failing to get the job done, Mater Dei managed to finally find a way to win. The Monarchs of Mater Dei were led by future Duke Blue Devil Taylor King, as he scored 29 points while grabbing 15 rebounds. David Wear (10 points & 7 rebounds) & Kamyron Brown (9 points) both contributed towards Mater Dei's victory.

However, the Monarchs from Archbishop Mitty didn't go quietly as heavily recruited junior, and Arizona recruit, Drew Gordon, had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks while junior Collin Chiverton led the way for Mitty with 20 points. Gordon proved his status as a top recruit, as he managed to hold his own against the big front line from Mater Dei of 6'8 Taylor King (Duke) and 7'1 Alex Jacobsen (Arizona). Jacobsen was in foul trouble all night because of Gordon's low post play.

There were a few key runs made by both teams, once which was an 11-0 run by Mitty which gave them a 38-34 lead in the 3rd quarter despite being down by five at half time. Both teams have chances to win the game at the end of regulation, but both teams missed their respective shots. In overtime, Mater Dei managed to hit 14 free throws in overtime while Mitty was only able to hit four of ten. As senior Kamyron Brown said, "free throws were key."

You could see that this was a game that was being played with a court full of athletes and future college level players. Acrobatic dunks were being displayed, shots were getting blocked into the first few rows of Arco Arena, and the crowd was seen to be on the edge of their seats until the final buzzer went off.

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