High school basketball: Premier program hits unimaginable slump
SAN JOSE — Sometimes even the best programs go through rough stretches. Sometimes those stretches are inexplicable and head-scratching and seem as if they are never going to end.
Mitty’s boys basketball team is in one of those bad spells.
The program that Aaron Gordon led to two state championships this decade and just last season reached the semifinals of the Northern California Open Division playoffs is in serious danger of not even qualifying for the postseason.
Tim Kennedy, one of the best coaches in the business, put his team through its typically brutal December non-league schedule, a tactic that usually toughens up his players for the rigors of the West Catholic Athletic League.
But this December something went amiss. Mitty didn’t win many games.
The Monarchs limped into WCAL play with a 2-8 record.
In the first week and a half of the league schedule, it has not gotten better.
Mitty lost last week to Sacred Heart Cathedral 64-60 and St. Ignatius 71-69, results that showed the Monarchs are still competitive but results that put the them in an extremely deep hole.
Because it didn’t finish with a .500 record in non-league play, Mitty must go 7-7 in league to make the Central Coast Section playoffs.
The Monarchs began this week needing seven wins in their remaining 12 league games to reach the .500 mark.
Now, after a 60-49 loss at Bellarmine on Tuesday, they need seven wins in their final 11 games.
“Every game for us now is going to be like a playoff game,” Kennedy said after his team’s record fell to an astonishing 2-11 overall and 0-3 in the WCAL.
It won’t get any easier Friday night. Mitty will be at home to play St. Francis, which might be the league’s best team.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports