It might be time to declare a drought in Mountain View. A scoring drought, that is. The Mountain View High boys basketball team continues to struggle when it comes to producing points.
The Spartans opened SCVAL De Anza Division play with a 49-31 loss to visiting Homestead Friday night and fell 53-40 at Sacred Heart Prep Saturday in non-league action.
Mountain View (4-9 overall) is averaging just 38.7 points per game.
“To say we’re inconsistent is to put it too optimistically,” coach Jim Forthoffer said. “We sometimes shoot very poorly, but once in a while we have a nice shooting game.”
The Spartans have reached the 50s only twice – and lost both games. The team’s highest-scoring game came in a 63-55 setback to St. Ignatius Jan. 3.
“We had a great shooting night against St. Ignatius, although we lost, but it was a close game and a moral victory,” Forthoffer said. “We’ve also had some horrible shooting nights.”
Count Friday among them. Mountain View made just 11 of 42 shots from the field and was a woeful seven of 32 from 3-point range. The Spartans’ starting backcourt went scoreless.
Cory Fitz was the only Mountain View player in doubles figures (11 points); fellow forward Blake Jarrell was the team’s next-best scorer (seven).
Fitz and Jarrell, both seniors, combined to score all nine of the Spartans’ points in the opening quarter. Fitz made the game’s first basket (a putback) and drilled a 3-pointer in the closing minute. Jarrell capped the quarter with a midrange jumper, cutting Homestead’s lead to 14-9.
Fitz buried back-to-back 3s late in the second quarter – Mountain View’s only field goals in the period. The Spartans trailed 25-17 at intermission.
The Mustangs (8-4 overall) pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Mountain View 15-6. Guard Troy Whitford, a Los Altos resident, notched five of his game-high 17 points in the period.
“Troy is a heck of a player,” Forthoffer said, “and it’s hard to contain him.”
Whitford spearheaded Homestead’s 7-0 run to begin the fourth, scoring five points. The senior made a putback, a free throw and a spinning scoop shot.
Mountain View’s first points of the fourth came at the 3:12 mark when reserve guard Kevin Ives drained a 3-pointer from the left side. The Mustangs still had a comfortable lead, however, at 47-26.
The Spartans are scheduled to visit Los Gatos 7 p.m. today.
2013 boys basketball: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier