March 23, 2012
Gordon scores 33 in Mitty's D-II title win over La Costa Canyon

By Bill Paterson
Aaron Gordon is considered one of the 10 best junior class boys basketball players in the United States.

The Archbishop Mitty of San Jose 6-foot-7 forward showed why again tonight on the big stage of the CIF State Division II boys championship finals at Power Balance Pavilion.

Gordon scored 33 points and grabbed 20 rebounds - one off the state championship game record he tied last year - to lead the Monarchs to a 78-57 win over La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad.

It was Mitty's second consecutive state title win for the boys and with the girls team beating JW North of Riverside 56-54 in the preceding game, it was a clean sweep for the parochial school from the West Catholic Athletic League.

Gordon made 14 of 23 shots, hit both his three-point attempts and had 11 defensive and nine offensive rebounds while the entire La Costa Canyon team had 25.

Gordon dominated against a Mavericks front line that included a couple of 6-8 players and 6-6 Matt Shrigley, a San Diego State signee.

And Gordon still has another year of high school. He's the younger brothers of Drew Gordon, a former Mitty star now playing for New Mexico.

Neil Vranicar added 14 points and Jack Biebel and Thomas Peters nine each as Mitty, ranked No. 19 nationally by USA Today, finishes 31-3.

Senior guard David Travers, who scored 18 of his team's first 21 points, finished with 22 and Shrigley added 13 to lead La Costa Canyon (34-3) in its maiden state title game appearance.

Division II boys
La Costa Canyon 12 13 19 13 - 57
Archbishop Mitty 15 20 19 24 - 78
LCC - Travers 22, Beery 6, Shrigley 13, Magnusom 4, Miller 4, Sachrison 8.
AM - Biebel 9, Vranicar 14, White 6, Peters 9, Gordon 33, Peterson 7.

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