King Holds On For Boys Div II State Title

In a pair of games that went down to the wire, M.L King and St. Mary's won nail biters in exciting Div II Boys and girls State Championship finals.

Div. II Boys:

M.L. King (Riverside) 53,  St. Francis (Mountain View) 52

Marvin Lea's driving bank shot with 28 seconds left turned out to be the winning points for the Wolves' who became the first boys team from Riverside County to win a state title.

St. Francis had two chance to win the game in the closing seconds, but with eight seconds left, Lea forced a five second violation on St. Francis guard Hakeem Gilliard. Then with 1.9 seconds left, the Lancer's John Montgomerie took a pass and missed a 21 foot shot at the buzzer.

King trailed 43-33 late in the third quarter, but went on a 14-0 run to lead 47-43 midway through the fourth quarter.

For King, Lea capped a tremendous senior season with 23 points and six rebounds. The only other double figure scorer for King was Leon Rosborough with 13 points.

David Chiotti, the 6-9 center going to New Mexixo, had a strong game for St. Francis with 22 points and 16 rebounds. St. Francis had two other players in double figures, Montgomerie and Gilliard with 11 points a piece.

Div. II Girls:

St. Mary's (Stockton) 51, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 47

Next year, the St. Mary's girls will try to add a Div I crown to go with the Div IV title from 2000 and this year's in Div II. This one was in doubt nearly the entire game. An 11-0 run in the second quarter helped Redondo forge a 27-21 halftime lead.

St. Mary's took the lead at 49-47 with 26 second left on a basket by junior Dominique Banks.  With 10 second left, Redondo's Tyler Martinhook, a sophomore, was fouled, but missed the front end of a one and one situation. St. Mary's iced the win on two free throws with 5.6 seconds left by freshman Renee Roberts.

Banks showed once again why she may be one of the nation's top juniors. She finished with a game high 24 points and four steals. Roberts chipped in with 10 points and Tiffany Ducker had nine points, 14 rebounds and a key blocked shot for the Rams.

Redondo's leading scorers were Krisztina Fuleki and Allison Bretana with 11 points each. Ofa Tulikihihifo added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Seahawks.


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