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Mitty's Matt McAndrews drives to the basket on El Cerrito's Jalen Walton in the first quarter of the opening round of the Northern California Open Division boys basketball playoffs at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif. on Friday, March 14, 2014. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

Expectations on the outside were not Aaron-Gordon-era high for the Archbishop Mitty boys basketball team this season. But inside, the Monarchs had visions of playing deep into March.

That was why their season-ending 70-57 loss at Capital Christian-Sacramento on Tuesday was tough for them to absorb.

Even with Gordon off to Arizona, Mitty managed to do everything it did in its former star's senior season except win the Northern California Open Division championship.

"It's ended this way the past two years, it's tough," senior point guard Matt McAndrews said.

Last season, Mitty fell just short of Gordon's season-long quest to capture the Open Division state championship, losing to Mater Dei-Santa Ana 50-45 in the final.

This season, the Monarchs fell two wins shy of getting another shot in the state championship game.

  • Not surprisingly, Twitter was an exciting and informative place to be late Tuesday as the regional semifinals were unfolding throughout the state.

    Whether it was defending state Open champ Mater Dei surviving in two overtimes to beat Etiwanda down South or Archbishop Riordan edging Campolindo in overtime up North, it was an epic night of high school basketball.

    Count Serra among those on the heartbreaking side. The Padres' upset bid looked promising when this Tweet arrived from Serra athletics: Serra 53, Folsom 48 -- 2:00 to play in the game.

    Even after host Folsom rallied, the Padres still had hope with this Tweet a few minutes later: Serra 57, Folsom 58 -- Padres ball -- 8 seconds left.

    Then, the Tweet that announced the end of a season: Serra 57, Folsom 58 -- Final.

  • The seasons of two area girls teams, Pinewood and Mitty, will continue into the weekend.

    Pinewood will be looking to defend its NorCal Division V title when it meets top-seeded Brookside Christian of Stockton on Saturday morning at American Canyon High.

    Top-seeded Mitty will face No. 2 seed McNair of Stockton in the Division II NorCal final on Saturday morning at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

    The Monarchs have gotten hot at the right time, reaching the regional final with blowout victories over Dublin and Clayton Valley.

    "Always the goal for us is to play in the NorCal final," Mitty coach Sue Phillips told our Glenn Reeves after her team's 84-49 victory at home over Clayton Valley in the semifinals Tuesday. "I can assure you we will come out with the same level of intensity, energy and enthusiasm we played with tonight."