CARMICHAEL, Calif. -- San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty fell behind by as many as 18 points to Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary’s in the second round of the Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit Father Barry tournament on Friday, but the Monarchs came storming back for a 75-66 win, behind 16 second-quarter points by 2016 three-star Ben Kone.
The 6-foot-9, 240-pounder added two boards and a block in the second stanza, and was even better in the second half, netting himself 15 more points, 12 more rebounds and one more steal.
“I didn’t have the best first quarter, and we’ve been having a trend of coming out slow, and it’s something that happens every season, early in the season,” Kone said. “It’s something we’re trying to shake. It’s early in the season.”
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Mitty moved to 3-0 on the season, while the Rams moved to 5-2.
“My teammates are playing great basketball,” Kone said. “We don’t really get going until later, but we’re filling the gaps so well that we really contained 23 (Lance Coleman II) really well, and we contained No. 11 (Devin Williams) off the dribble pretty well. What they would do, they would try to dribble it down, kick it to [Coleman], and we were just getting late closeouts. St. Mary’s shoots the hell out of the ball, and that’s what they did, that’s what we scouted. We didn’t follow the scouting report; it took us a quarter to wake up, but I’m happy we came away with the win.”