With his Los Altos High boys basketball team facing a Bellarmine squad it stunned a month earlier, coach Bob McFarlane predicted that Saturday’s Monta Vista Tournament final would be a “slugfest.” He was right.
The Bells prevailed 49-46, avenging their 52-47 setback to the Eagles in the Cupertino Tournament. Los Altos fell to 8-5 overall; Bellarmine improved to 5-3.
The Eagles outscored the Bells by five points in the second half Saturday, but they were doomed by a slow start. Los Altos trailed 21-14 at halftime, limited to four points in the second quarter.
As they did throughout the tourney, Steven Garverick and Joey Malgesini led the Eagles in scoring. Garverick totaled 17 points in the final and fellow senior Malgesini scored 16.
In Friday’s semifinal – a 67-42 rout of host Monta Vista – Garverick poured in 29 points
“He was an absolute beast, and they had no answers for him,” McFarlane said.
In Thursday’s 60-55 opening-round victory over Liberty, Malgesini tallied 25 points.
“He was unstoppable,” his coach said.
The Eagles are scheduled to open SCVAL De Anza Division play 7 p.m. today at Milpitas.
In other boys basketball action last week:
• St. Francis remained perfect, beating visiting Menlo-Atherton 50-42 Friday in nonleague play. The Lancers improved to 10-0. Christopher Lewis paced St. Francis with 16 points.
• Pinewood went 3-0 to win the Head Royce Tournament. The Panthers edged the host team 38-36 in Saturday’s title game. Ryan Brice (nine points in the final) was named tournament MVP and Greg Naumann (eight) made the all-tourney team.
“Our guys have done a great job embracing the team concept aspect of basketball,” coach Mani Messy said.
Los Altos extended its winning streak to seven games with Friday’s 59-41 flogging of Fairfield.
Tied at 10 after the first quarter, the Eagles (8-3) took control in the second period with a 17-11 run and pulled away from there.
Rachel Glein led Los Altos with 15 points and Meghan McDermott added 13.
Opening the game with a 17-2 run, St. Francis made quick work of Washington Saturday. The host Lancers (7-4) prevailed 69-27 behind 17 points from sophomore guard Marisa Mondave.
Los Altos played host Santa Teresa to a 1-all tie Saturday in non-league action.
Sophomore Stephanie Kouvelas scored for the Eagles (2-2-1).
St. Francis skunked Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-0 Friday, improving to 2-0 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-2 overall.
Peyton Cassin notched three goals and an assist; Annie Kingman recorded two goals and three assists.