Video: Ethan Thompson highlights
See Bishop Montgomery senior star in action.
The California Southern Section Open Division title game most didn't see coming finished with a flurry Saturday night at the Honda Center as Bishop Montgomery (Torrance)
utilized a big fourth-quarter to score a 70-55 win over Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Down 44-38 entering the fourth quarter, Bishop Montgomery (27-2) outscored Mater Dei 32-11 in the final eight minutes to win going away.
Bishop Montgomery was led by Ethan Thompson
(23 points), David Singleton
(21) and Jordan Schakel
(16). Thompson and Singleton each had 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Mater Dei (31-2) had double-digit scoring games from Bol Bol
(15 points) Justice Sueing
(11) and Spencer Freedman
Tied at 51, Bishop Montgomery scored 11 straight on two buckets and a free throw from Thompson and three pointers by Schakel and Gianni Hunt
. That essentially decided it.
Despite being ranked in the Top 10 nationally, the two teams were underdogs in semifinal games against Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
and Chino Hills
Instead the Knights and Monarchs prevailed, setting up Saturday's much-anticipated final.
Mater Dei entered Saturday ranked second nationally by MaxPreps and Bishop Montgomery No. 7.
Both teams, along with No. 8 Sierra Canyon and No. 9 Chino Hills will all enter the CIF Southern California Open Division regional, which will be announced Sunday.