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December 8, 2012

Mitty cruises in opener

Aaron Gordon led Archbishop Mitty to a dominant 64-42 victory over Jesuit on Friday. The senior forward had 18 points along with seven rebounds as the Monarchs cruised in their opener.

The game seemed to be close at the start, as Mitty led 19-12 after the first quarter, but a huge second quarter gave the Monarchs a 39-17 advantage at the half. After Mitty took a 53-23 lead into the fourth quarter, starters were pulled from both teams.

Gordon's night was highlighted with a monster dunk off of a lob and he also caught a reverse alley-oop to display his insane athleticism. He can handle the ball as well and isn't afraid to lead the fastbreak.

Gordon is one of the top players in the country for a reason and has narrowed his list to Arizona, Kentucky, and Washington. Expect another stellar season from the defending state player of the year.

Outside of Gordon, 11 other Monarchs were able to score. Senior guard Brandon Abajelo had eight points for Mitty and played exceptional man-to-man defense as well. Offensively, he can slash to the basket or knock down the three, but he might make his biggest impact on the defensive end of the floor.

As a team, Mitty thrived in transition while Jesuit preferred to slow it down in halfcourt sets. The Monarchs controlled the tempo as point guard Matt McAndrews or Gordon could push the ball up the floor with success.

For Jesuit, three players scored seven points as the scoring was evenly distributed. Junior wing Lake Lutes left the game early in the second quarter due to an apparent ankle injury and did not return. He knocked down a three before his departure, but faced a tough task as he was guarded by Gordon. Although it was only a brief viewing of the 6-foot-6 junior, his length and range made him seem like a potential Division I player.

With the loss, Jesuit fell to 3-3 overall. This may be a down year for the Marauders, but the young team only has two seniors and can definitely become a contender next season. They will face Woodcreek on Tuesday as an attempt to snap a two game losing streak.

This was Mitty's opening game, but the Monarchs cannot celebrate this win for too long as they face another Sacramento power today. Mitty will go on the road to play a 2-0 Sheldon team for an early season test.

Despite the loss of four starters from last year's squad, Mitty showed why they are still one of the top programs in Northern California. Watch for the Monarchs to contend for their third consecutive state title, but their game against Sheldon should be a better challenge.


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