Eagles hold on

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Los Altos’ Simon Heck grabs the ball as Mountain View’s Matthew Martin gets a hand on it.

There’s an old sports saying about throwing out the teams’ records when rivals play, and it rang true Saturday night. Mountain View High came into the boys basketball game with half as many wins as Los Altos, yet the Spartans nearly pulled off the upset.

The Eagles escaped with a 41-38 non-league victory over host Mountain View, which had the ball last but couldn’t get off a shot before the buzzer.


Eagles edged by Wildcats

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Los Altos High’s Meg Enthoven drives to the basket Friday night against Los Gatos. She scored 24 of the Eagles’ 43 points.

Los Altos High girls basketball coach Jaclyn Brode calls her “Money Meg” and “Baby Bull” – and it was easy to see why Friday. The relentless Meg Enthoven scored more than half of the Eagles’ points in a 46-43 home loss to Los Gatos.

“She carried the team,” Brode said of the junior. “She was the best player on that floor.”


Los Altos rallies in second half to beat Los Gatos in boys hoops

If the Eagles turn their season around and make the playoffs, perhaps they will look back at Friday’s win as the catalyst.

Down five points at halftime, the Los Altos High boys basketball team rallied for a 56-48 home win over second-place Los Gatos.


Slowed but not stopped, St. Francis boys defeat VC for ninth-consecutive victory

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St. Francis High’s Giuseppe Benedetti puts up a shot in last week’s home game.

Valley Christian’s game of keep-away wasn’t good enough to keep the St. Francis High boys basketball team from picking up its ninth-straight win. The Lancers overcame the Warriors’ milk-the-clock strategy to prevail 45-34 Jan. 14 at home.

Valley Christian, lacking St. Francis’ size and skill, slowed the pace in an effort to keep the score down – and it worked for a while. The teams were tied at 7 after a bumpy first quarter and the Lancers didn’t create clear separation until early in the fourth.


Local Johnson makes debut with NBA's Heat

The timing of Tyler Johnson’s NBA debut couldn’t have worked out much better for family and friends who wanted to witness it. The St. Francis High graduate’s first game with the Miami Heat came last week in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors.

With those close to him in the stands – while other supporters watched on local TV – Johnson entered the Jan. 14 game with 1:44 remaining and played until the final buzzer.


Hoops tourney tips off Thursday at St. Simon

St. Simon School’s 11th annual Father Murray Memorial Basketball Tournament is scheduled Thursday through Sunday in Los Altos.

Eight boys teams and eight girls teams will compete in the eighth-grade tourney, held in the school gym at 1840 Grant Road. Participants include St. Simon, St. Nicholas (Los Altos Hills), St. Raymond (Menlo Park), Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton), Jordan (Palo Alto), Hillview (Menlo Park), St. Apollinaris (Napa), Corte Madera (Portola Valley) and Menlo School (Atherton).


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