Turning in one of the best three-point shooting performances in state final history, Danville Monte Vista won the Division I state championship on Friday night with a 66-55 win over Corona Centennial at Sleep Train Arena.
The Mustangs (32-1) made 11 of 16 shots from three-point range. They were eight of nine in the first half in opening a seven-point halftime lead. Trevor John tied the Division I final record with six three-pointers. He finished with 23 points.
"Sometimes you're really hot and sometimes you're really cold. They were hot," Centennial Coach Josh Giles said. "We weren't able to get into the press. We weren't making shots and weren't making stops. Our offense is predicated on our defense."
Centennial (29-4) received 16 points from Sedrick Barefield and 14 apiece from Deontae North and Jordan Griffin.
Giles said his team remained optimistic at halftime down, 35-28.
"To go eight for nine on threes and only be down by seven at halftime was encouraging," Giles said.
But Monte Vista continued to take care of the ball, committing only 11 turnovers. And Centennial never got its three-point shooting touch going. The Huskies were two of 18 from three-point range.