It’s Riordan vs. Mitty, Part III.
(16 points), the Riordan boys’ basketball team knocked off Serra 46-34 Friday at St. Ignatius to advance to the West Catholic Athletic League tournament championship game.
The Crusaders (17-10) knocked off powerful Mitty (25-1) 46-45 on Jan. 18, while the Monarchs returned thefavor Feb. 9, winning 67-38. They will square off tonight at 8.
Stephen Lumpkins led the Padres (17-10) with 21 points.
Riordan and Serra pressed relentlessly, forcing turnovers all over the court. Riordan got the best of it, forcing eight steals, four of them collected by Camacho. When the
6-foot-6 center hit a 3-pointer with 1 minute, 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter giving the Crusaders a 42-34 lead, it sealed the contest.
Cannon made buzzer-beating baskets to finish the first and second quarters, while Lumpkins nailed a 3 as the shot clock expired in the final seconds of the third.
Mitty 74, St. Francis 52
14-1) used a big advantage at the line to storm past the Lancers (14-13, 3-13) at St. Ignatius.
Mitty went 28-of-36 from the line, shooting 16 more foul shots than St. Francis. The gap was almost as wide even before St. Francis needed to foul recklessly for a chance to win the game.
Mitty star Collin Chiverton picked up his fourth foul with 3:14 left in the third quarter, and headed to the bench with the Monarchs up 44-33. St. Francis’ Omar Bourgoub took that opportunity to bring the Lancers back, spearheading a 9-2 run with a couple of 3-pointers.
St. Francis closed to within four, but soon Enoch Andoh and John Adams took over for the Monarchs, with Andoh clearing the boards and throwing down some thunderous putbacks. By the time Bourgoub picked up his own fourth foul with 41.5 seconds left in the third quarter, Mitty had answered with its own 8-0 streak.
“We lost one of our main scorers,” Andoh said. “And we took it on our selves to bridge the gap.”
With the Monarchs again comfortably ahead, Chiverton sat the remainder of the contest. Bourgoub fouled out with just more than five minutes left.
Even before Riordan beat Serra, the Monarchs were looking forward to a rematch with the Crusaders.
“Hopefully we play Riordan again for the rubber match,” Andoh said.