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La Mirada Takes Home First State Championship

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Posted April 1, 2015 by in

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It took two overtimes to do it, but Southern California’s La Mirada High School captured its first ever state title. The Matadors defeated San Jose’s Archbishop Mitty in the CIF Division 2 Basketball Championship.

With La Mirada trailing most of the first quarter, Anthony Newman stepped up with a three pointer that would tie the game up at 11. However, Mitty would answer back and finish the first up 13-11.

The Matador’s Dezmon Murphy would make a name for himself in the second quarter to give the Monarchs a run for their money. 45 seconds into the second, Murphy would get a mid court steal from Dakari Monroe resulting in sweet dunk to tie it up at 13. Later in the quarter, Murphy would make back to back three’s to give the Matadors the lead, 29-24. Murphy had a team-high 18 points.

The third quarter would be Mitty’s. The Monarch’s monster, Ben Kone, guided the defense with his shot-blocking abilities and slowed down the Matadors offense, allowing Mitty to take a 36-33 lead midway through the third. Kone was also Mitty’s primary scorer with a game-high 22 points.
With 1:25 left in the third and Mitty’s Dakari Monroe decided to show off with a nice reverse layup, putting Mitty up by 10. The score at the end of three quarters, Mitty up 50-41.

Fast forward to 10 seconds left in regulation and the Matadors back on top, Vittorio Raynoso- Avila would extend the lead to three with a put-back.
With the Monarchs chances of a state title looking slim, Sebastian Much saved the day with a shot from downtown to go into overtime tied at 62.

Both teams only managed three points apiece in the first OT, resulting in double overtime.
But it was Kai Labasan who was the difference by putting the Matadors up 71-70 with a free throw. Cameron Korb would try to take it for the Monarchs with one last attempt at the buzzer, but the shot was off the mark.

With a final score of 71-70 the La Mirada Matadors became the CIF Division 2 State Champions.

With 1:25 left in the third and Mitty’s Dakari Monroe decided to show off with a nice reverse layup, putting Mitty up by 10. The score at the end of three quarters, Mitty up 50-41.
Fast forward to 10 seconds left in regulation and the Matadors back on top, Vittorio Raynoso- Avila would extend the lead to three with a put-back.
With the Monarchs chances of a state title looking slim, Sebastian Much saved the day with a shot from downtown to go into overtime tied at 62.Both teams only managed three points apiece in the first OT, resulting in double overtime.
But it was Kai Labasan who was the difference by putting the Matadors up 71-70 with a free throw. Cameron Korb would try to take it for the Monarchs with one last attempt at the buzzer, but the shot was off the mark.With a final score of 71-70 the La Mirada Matadors became the CIF Division 2 State Champions.

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