The Pinewood School boys basketball team kept pace with St. Joseph Notre Dame for a quarter, but the second-seeded Pilots pulled away before halftime of Saturday’s Northern California Division V quarterfinal and prevailed 57-35.
Trailing just 14-11 after the opening quarter, the seventh-seeded Panthers were outscored 18-3 in the second. Host St. Joseph of Alameda carried that momentum into the third quarter, outscoring Pinewood by 12 to take a commanding 52-22 lead.
The Panthers’ 35 total points was the fewest they have scored since their season opener, a 31-21 win at Mountain View. Only two players scored more than five points for Pinewood Saturday: senior Greg Naumann (14) and junior Ryan Brice (11).
While the season didn’t end the way the Panthers hoped, coach Mani Messy said he was proud of what they accomplished. Pinewood won its fourth consecutive Central Coast Section title, finished as co-champs of the West Bay Athletic League and posted a 24-5 overall record.
“It was an incredible season – one filled with more great memories than sad ones,” said Messy, whose team opened NorCal with a 71-41 home rout of Forest Lake.