Cal recruit Jordan Mathews hit the game-winning 3-point shot with 2 seconds left, lifting Santa Monica HS to a 53-50 win over Loyola-Los Angeles in the CIF Southern Section Division I championship game at Ontario.
“I knew we were going to hit them with a dagger,” Mathews told the Los Angeles Times afterward. “I felt good about hitting it.”
Mathews, part of an excellent four-man recruiting class headed to Cal next fall, scored 19 points, giving him 113 in four SoCal regional playof games.
“Big-time players make big-time shots, and we wanted the ball in Jordan’s hands,” Santa Monica Coach James Hecht said.
The Vikings (25-6) had twice early this season lost close games to Loyola. Now they move on to Sacramento to face Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove for the state Division I crown on Friday in Sacramento.