SAN JOSE -- In its first West Catholic Athletic League game of the post-Aaron Gordon era, Archbishop Mitty scored the first nine points Tuesday night against previously unbeaten St. Francis and rolled to a 69-42 victory.
Seniors JP Rindfleisch and Connor Peterson and 6-foot-8 sophomore transfer Ben Kone all scored in double figures as the Monarchs gave their home crowd plenty of reason to cheer.
Mitty led by 13 points at halftime, widened the cushion to 23 after three quarters and cleared its bench for good with 5:19 to play.
The battle-tested Monarchs, who geared up for their league schedule by playing games in Spokane, Wash., Wisconsin and Modesto, looked like a team that has no plans to relinquish its reign atop the WCAL.
"This is just building stones to bigger and better things," said Rindfleisch, who led the Monarchs with 12 points. "This is a tough St. Francis team. They're really dangerous when they start getting hot. If we stick to the game plan each and every night, we should be fine for the rest of the season."
Peterson drove for a layup on Mitty's first possession, and Rindfleisch followed with a 3-pointer.
Mitty (9-2, 1-0) was off and rolling.
The early spurt, Mitty coach Tim Kennedy noted, gave his team a lot of confidence.
"Especially the first game of the league, you always want to come out with a quick start on your home court," Kennedy said. "I thought we got some good defensive stops and got some easy buckets."
St. Francis (10-1, 0-1) answered the 9-0 game-opening run with five straight points. But the Lancers would get no closer as they lost to Mitty for the ninth consecutive time dating to the 2009-10 season, Gordon's freshman year.
Gordon now stars for top-ranked Arizona, but the message the two-time California state player of the year left for his former teammates is not forgotten.
"We're still working hard every practice, just like he wanted us to do," Rindfleisch said.
Asked how the team has changed without Gordon, Rindfleisch added, "We're not feeding the post as much, relying on him to get a lot of boards. But other teams are going to have to stop all five players instead of just Aaron."
Mitty does have a post presence. Kone, who transferred from Salesian in Richmond after his mother moved to an office in the South Bay, showed Tuesday that he is going to be a force.
"It's a work in progress, always," Kennedy said. "He keeps getting better. When he goes and grabs everything with two hands, he's a monster. Any time he goes with one, though, he just makes himself small."
Mitty was by no means small Tuesday. St. Francis would attest to that.
Archbishop Mitty 69, St. Francis 42
St. Francis 9"12" 6"15--42
St. Francis (10-1, 0-1) -- Carbonel 3-0-7, Witt 0-1-1, Quinn 0-1-1, Mihanovic 0-2-2, Douglas 1-0-2, Frazier 2-2-6, Stapes 3-0-7, Morgan 1-1-3, Garrett 4-2-10, Hewitt 1-1-3. Totals 15-10-42.
Archbishop Mitty (9-2, 1-0) -- Peterson 4-2-11, McAndrews 1-2-5, Aguilar 3-1-7, Kone 3-5-11, Young 1-0-2, Korb 2-0-5, Reindfleisch 4-2-12, Ho 0-1-1, Wedlow 1-0-3, Diaz 0-2-2, Serra 0-3-3
Monroe 3-1-7. Totals 22-19-69.