Heavy favorite Archbishop Mitty was able to hold off Fontana Summit 53-50 in the Division 2 championship game Saturday at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento.
It was Mitty's first state championship after previously losing to fellow powerhouse Mater Dei in both the 2007 and 2008 championship games.
Mitty, the top-seeded team in the Northern California Division 2 Regional, led 26-19 at halftime, but needed junior Jordan White to come up clutch in the fourth quarter to clinch the title.
With just 22.7 seconds left in the game and the score tied at 50, White made one of his two free-throw attempts to put Mitty ahead by one. He then came up with Summit's ensuing inbound attempt and converted on a layup to hold off Southern California's entry in the state championship.
Mitty, a private school in San Jose, was led in the game by sophomore Aaron Gordon. Gordon, the 6-foot-7 brother of former UCLA forward Drew Gordon, scored 17 points and grabbed an impressive 21 rebounds to tie a state championship-game record. ESPN ranks Gordon as the eight-best prospect in the 2013 high school class.
Other standouts for Mitty (32-2) included senior forward Brent Younger with 12 points and guard Kyle Toth with 10.
For Summit (28-9), the only public school playing in any of the California boy's championship games, the Cinderella postseason run came to an end despite a solid effort from senior power forward Dorian Cason. Cason, already committed to the University of Portland, scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Summit in both categories.