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Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 10:39 pm | Updated: 4:00 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Mountain View boys basketball team is making the 5A Division I state tournament look like a walk through the park.

The Toros shot 60 percent from the field and easily dispatched top-seeded Buena, 67-39, in the state semifinals on Thursday at Arena.

Through three state tournament games, No. 4 Mountain View has beaten Mesquite, Corona del Sol and now the Colts by an average of 26.3 points per game.

Mountain View led 18-2 after the first quarter and was never seriously threatened.

“We got off to a great start and I think that deflated them a little bit,” Mountain View coach Gary Ernst said.

Jaren Sweeney led the way with 18 points. Boone added 15 points and nine rebounds. Mountain View moves on to face No. 6 Brophy in the state championship game on Friday at 8 p.m.

The Toros lost in last year’s semifinals to Cesar Chavez and last won a title in 2007.

Boone said he remembers former Toro stars Harper Kamp, Kendall Wallace and Brendon Lavender win championships, and he is looking forward to getting a chance himself.

“I watched them on TV,” Boone said. “(Losing to Cesar Chavez) is my motivation, and I’m sure it is for the seniors that played last year.”

Mountain View did it with its typical balance. Between Sweeney, Boone, Kyle Bingham and Mark Mazzucco, it is tough to gameplan a way to stop Mountain View when it is playing well.

“Everybody’s just settled in to what they are supposed to do,” Ernst said. “Once we did that, we kind of took off.”

Bingham and Boone took high-percentage shots down low, and after they made a few, it allowed for open shots on the perimeter.

“Our guards are really good, our bigs are really good,” Boone said. “Our team all around is just very good.”

These teams faced off in December in the Challenge, and the Toros led by 18 points before letting the Colts back into it. Mountain View eventually held on for a 10-point win.

This time, there was no such tension down the stretch.

“We had a much more consistent 32 minutes, certainly than we did against them the first time,” Ernst said.

Mountain View and Brophy have not played this season. 

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