Two Bay Area high school basketball programs ended a decades-long drought on Saturday when they won the Central Coast Section I Division championship.
In the end, the Menlo-Atherton boys and the Los Gatos girls won championship trophies.
Here are the details:
Menlo-Atheron 70, Everett Alvarez 64
During his 10th year in charge, MA coach Mike Molieri removed an entry from his team roster.
For the first time since the 1988-99 Division II men’s basketball championship title, the Bears won the CCS title.
“It’s a great feeling in the dressing room for this team in general, especially the seniors, after what they’ve suffered over the last two years,” said Molieri. “We’re talking about ‘You guys are chasing history’ – and they’re just challenging themselves and having the will to win.”
After a tumultuous week that saw CCS penalize the third-seeded Bears (20-6) for unsportsmanlike behavior from students who stormed the court following their defeat in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Three, MA had momentum to end the drought on the lower-seeded trail at Salinas.
“It’s a dynamic environment,” says Molieri. “Very hostile, but in a good way, in a competitive way. And we felt we could get through it, only in the fourth quarter did we go back to our blueprint, which is defensive. ”
No 4 Alvarez (23-4) was not immune to controversy, with the shot clock malfunctioning at their practice room in the quarter-final against Palo Alto forced to come to an abrupt end when the referee abandoned an obvious whistle to forced overtime.
“It’s working,” Molieri said of the shot watch with a smile.
MA, leading 58-53 at the start of the fourth round, went on to run 13-2 including a 3-clutch pointer by senior Ryan Anderson with less than three minutes remaining.
Jalen Williams led the Bears with 20 points, four rebounds, five assists and six steals, while Anderson finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Three other MA players hit double digits: Connor Cadigan with 11 points, plus Johno Price and Doug Adams with 10 points.
“We tried many things the first time and got impatient because of the offense,” Molieri said. “We know we can score goals thanks to them, my concern is to keep myself more patient, which we finally did in the fourth quarter.”
Los Gatos 53, Homestead 26
In a defensive performance for the ages, the home team Wildcats won the show’s first women’s basketball CCS title in 40 years.
Top seed Los Gatos (24-3) has achieved a rarity in regional championship basketball games: knocking out opponents in a whole quarter. Homestead (19-7), the third seed, scored all the points in the second half in the final two minutes of the game.
“That was our main thing,” Los Gatos freshman Nicole Steiner said of defending her team. “Our defense drives our offensive behavior.”
Steiner picked up 11 rebounds and also scored a game-high 18, including eight of her team’s 11 points in the third quarter. Teammate Belle Bramer added 11 points and a top 12 rebounds of the game along with four steals. Both players had four assists.
Jeannette Grasty, the only senior in Los Gatos’ starting line-up, sank the trio of three points in the first half and four in the game with 12 points. Los Gatos, who had never led, led 16-7 at half-time and 32-17 after halftime.
“My shot hasn’t been successful the last couple of games, but I always tell myself not to let that get in the way,” Grasty said. “Tonight, I hit them.”
Los Gatos has seven seniors on the roster and only three seniors, so their future is bright.
“I am very happy and very proud of my team,” said Los Gatos coach Sara Quilici Giles. “All we wanted was to work hard today, and I really feel like they gave their all for the game and they played really hard.”
Tatum Leuenberger scored the top nine for Homestead.
– Phil Jensen
WBAL scans lower units
West Bay Athletic League had a productive night.
Woodside Priory hosted a Division V doubles player on its Portola Valley campus as the No. 1 seed in both Division V frameworks. The boys beat No. 2 Stevenson, 53-42, in when the girls passed number 3 Crystals Springs, 42-32.
In Division IV, Menlo School swept the trophies.
The boys returned from Salinas with a 63-58 win over top-ranked Palma, which required some last-minute heroes. The 3rd Knights team finished the game with a score of 10 as second student Sam Reznik took home a 3 for the go-ahead score.
Menlo’s junior Lucas Vogel finished with a team-high 17 along with four assists and six rebounds, Daniel Solomon added 14 points and Reznik had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals.
“We had to fight for every bucket, every turn, and everybody stepped up,” Vogel said. “It is very large. We failed, and we just tried to come back last. ”
PAL won 4 to 5 in the title game
The Peninsula Athletic League was guaranteed two champions by reaching the finals in the Girls Division II and III featuring four of its teams. The only question is whether the boys from Burlingame can prevail in the Division III title game. Behind Jacob Yamagishi 20 points and Will Uhrich 14 points, not to mention nine assists from Sean Richardson, second-seeded Panthers had a 54-46 victory over No. 4 Aptos. … No. 4 Lynbrook went to Gilroy and returned home with a Men’s Division II championship after a 70-64 win over Christopher No. 2. … On the girls’ side, No. 2 Aragon overthrew top seed Hillsdale, the scoreline. 52-47, in the Division II final. Meanwhile, No. 1 Capuchino had a 36-29 victory over his neighbor, No. 6 Mills, to claim the Division III trophy.
Two football finals become PK
Both Division I and III championships were decided on penalties after goalless draws in 80 minutes of regular play and 10 minutes of injury time. In the DI, fifth-seeded Los Altos switched with No. 2 Santa Cruz before winning 6-5. In D-III, No. 5 Pioneer holds onto No. 7 Lincoln, 4-3. … On the boys side, Sacred Heart Prep came back to win the CCS championship with a 3-2 victory over neighbor Menlo-Atherton. Fourth seed Gators took the lead early thanks to Billy Thompson, while Carlos Deras scored a brace. No. 6 MA shortened the score to 1 goal with 12 and a half minutes left, but could not find an equalizer. … Elsewhere, top seed Aragon recorded a 2-0 victory over No. 6 Alisal to claim the Division I title, while No. 2 Archbishop Mitty recorded a 2-1 victory over No. 8 Woodside in Division III.
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