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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.

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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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Freshman powers girls to 58-48 win over Eastside Prep


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Freshman Stella Kailahi, with the ball, led the Pinewood School girls with 24 points Friday night.

The Pinewood School girls basketball team found another way to topple Eastside Prep. The Panthers Friday beat their league rival at their own game – thanks to a player from their own neighborhood.

In the 58-48 home win, Pinewood didn’t rely so much on 3-point shooting – outside of Marissa Hing (five of the Panthers’ six treys) – as it did on the post play of Stella Kailahi. The 5-foot-11 freshman scored a team-best 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

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Boys overwhelm Priory 74-43 with balanced attack


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Pinewood’s Ryan Brice drives the lane against Woodside Priory Friday. He scored 13 points.

In their previous meeting, the Pinewood School boys basketball team beat Woodside Priory on a free throw with under a second to play in the Central Coast Section Division V final March 5. This time, Pinewood put away Priory a lot sooner.

Leading comfortably by halftime, the Panthers pounced all over their rival in the third quarter and the rout was on. Host Pinewood prevailed 74-43 Friday night, delighting the majority of the close-to-capacity crowd.

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Eagles going through growing pains


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Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl grabs a rebound in Saturday’s game against Fremont. The senior scored a team-high 11 points.

Chalk up Saturday’s 61-47 loss to Fremont as another lesson for the inexperienced Los Altos High boys basketball team.

The Eagles learned the hard way that they’ll need to play with more consistency – and intensity – to beat teams like the upstart Firebirds.

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Owls getting a lot out of a little


In a typical season for the Foothill College women’s basketball team, coach Jody Craig wouldn’t be satisfied with a 7-4 start and No. 8 ranking in Northern California.

But this isn’t a typical season. Craig had just a few weeks to put a team together.

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