With the game on the line, the Pinewood School boys basketball team turned to its freshmen last week at Woodside Priory.
Nathan Beak, Kyle Murphy, Aidan Lucero and Roshan Bal didn’t disappoint in overtime, leading the Panthers to a 62-57 victory.
“In overtime, when we had four freshmen on the court, they played as a unit on both ends with only one goal – which was to get the win for the team,” coach Mani Messy said.
The freshmen combined for 26 points in the West Bay Athletic League game, paced by Lucero’s eight. Only two Panthers scored more points: senior Owen Lewis (19) and junior Greg Naumann (10).
The outcome boosted Pinewood’s record to 2-3 in league and 7-6 overall. For the first time in a month, the Panthers have won back-to-back games.
“I thought the team showed extreme poise in order to force overtime, even though we didn’t do enough of the little things good teams do to be successful leading up to that point,” Messy said.
Pinewood is scheduled to host Menlo 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Eagles continue to soar
Los Altos routed Lynbrook 71-27 Jan. 15, the team’s fifth win in a row.
The host Eagles jumped to a 37-10 lead by halftime and reached 60 points by the end of the third quarter.
Joey Malgesini led Los Altos with 17 points. Three other Eagles scored double-digit points: Kyle Cumagen (13), Steven Garverick (11) and Nathan Vieira (10). Malgesini and Cumagen each drained a trio of 3-pointers and Vieira made two.
Los Altos sits atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division at 4-0 and is 9-6 overall.
The Eagles have a bye Friday and are next scheduled to play 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gunn.
Falcons slip by Spartans
Mountain View rallied in the fourth quarter, but Saratoga survived the spurt to prevail 55-54 Jan. 15.
The visiting Spartans outscored the Falcons 15-10 in the final period of the SCVAL De Anza Division contest, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a dismal third quarter. Mountain View scored just three points in the third – eight fewer than Saratoga.
Nick Wang finished with 22 points for the Spartans (2-2 league, 8-7 overall) and Brian Kaestner added 19.
Mountain View is slated to visit Palo Alto 7:45 p.m. Friday.
Bells bounce Lancers
St. Francis won the second half, but Bellarmine won the game Jan. 16.
The rival Bells triumphed 64-58, despite getting outscored by the visiting Lancers 41-35 after halftime.
Khalil Johnson paced St. Francis with 21 points and Jimmy Frazier added nine.
The Lancers slumped to 2-4 in league and 7-9 overall.