SACRAMENTO -- Trevor John put on a spectacular shooting performance at Sleep Train Arena to help the Monte Vista High boys basketball team cap a magical season with its first state title.
John tied a Division I state title game record with six 3-pointers and the Mustangs' defense closed out the 66-55 victory over Centennial-Corona on Friday night.
The state championship is Monte Vista's first in any sport and is the first for a Contra Costa County public school since Northgate won Division III in 1995.
"I'm kind of in a daze, but it's special," said second-year coach Nick Jones, a 1998 Monte Vista graduate. "The seniors set the tone in the offseason last year, and the chemistry has been phenomenal. It's been a great group to be around, and they did something historical for the school."
John, a Cal Poly commit, scored 23 points, with 18 coming in the first half of the wire-to-wire victory.
Grant Jackson added 12 points while leading the Mustangs (32-1) against Centennial's pressure defense. He also went 6 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final 1:08 to help seal the win.
Centennial (29-4) was led by junior guard Sedrick Barefield, a Southern Methodist University commit, who had 16 points.
John got started on his record performance right away, connecting on his first five 3-point attempts and pouring in 15 first-quarter points as the Mustangs took a 20-12 lead.
"John hitting those 3s early really settled everybody in," Jones said. "The nerves and the stage were behind us, and then it just got down to basketball. Him coming out shooting like that was huge."
John hit his sixth 3-pointer early in the second quarter to tie Mater Dei's Katin Reinhardt for the Division I state title game record and give Monte Vista its biggest lead of the half, 26-13.
"Wherever you go, the hoops are still 10 feet, the free-throw line is still 15 feet, the 3-point line is still the same," John said. "You just have to be able to block out your surroundings and just play the game."
John was blanketed by a defender the rest of the way, preventing him from breaking Klay Thompson's record of seven 3-pointers in a state title game in any division.
John wasn't the only one to shoot well in the big NBA arena. The Mustangs were 11 of 16 from 3-point range as a team. Centennial, though, was just 2 of 18 from the beyond the arc.
Monte Vista's defense, a huge key in the best season in school history, came up big again, holding Centennial to well under its season scoring average (76) and limited Centennial to 28 percent shooting from the floor.
Centennial's pressure defense did bother Monte Vista at times, and helped create a surge that got the Huskies within 56-49 with 3:32 to play. But Monte Vista then scored on two straight possessions to push the lead back to 11 with 2:25 left.
Monte Vista's remarkable season included a school record for wins. The Mustangs won East Bay Athletic League, North Coast Section and Northern California titles. Their lone loss came in overtime at rival San Ramon Valley.