It’s hard enough to win one road playoff game in overtime – let alone two in three days, as the Mountain View High boys basketball team found out last week.
The Spartans seemed spent even before they entered the extra period, and more so when Thursday’s Northern California Division III quarterfinal game stretched into a second OT, in which host University outlasted them for a 61-57 victory.
“It was a long grind for us, especially the playoffs and after the game in Modesto,” said senior Sam Tobin, referring to his team’s 54-48 overtime win at Central Catholic Feb. 26. “We were all very tired, and we came out flat and not as focused as the last few games.”
Yet 11th-seeded Mountain View (24-5 overall) trailed No. 3 University (25-9) of San Francisco by only two points at halftime.
“We kept telling our guys throughout the game: ‘We have been here before.’ Just two days before in Modesto, we were down 19 at one point and down nine at half,” coach Kevin Mack said. “There wasn’t a situation we hadn’t been in, really.”
Despite what Tobin called “some sloppy turnovers and missed shots we usually make,” the Spartans stuck with University in the second half. They took the lead on Zach Moran’s layup with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, only to see the Red Devils counter it to force overtime.
The back-and-forth first OT ended with Mountain View’s Jailen Daniel-Dalton making a putback at the buzzer to force another four minutes of play.
The Spartans squeezed out all the hustle they had to get that far, according to Tobin, and didn’t have enough energy left for the second overtime. University outscored them 8-4.
“We just ran out of gas in the second OT,” Mack said.
Wing player Tobin totaled 20 points to lead Mountain View and point guard Jack Resnick contributed 14, despite being under the weather.
“He has played sick the last two to three games and has been unbelievable,” Mack said. “So tough.”
Tobin and Resnick are among 11 seniors on a team that won league and section titles, along with the first NorCal game in the program’s history.
“These seniors have done something incredible for this program, and it’s something they will never forget,” Mack said.
Tobin sure won’t.
“It was an amazing season,” he said. “We had a great run, and I’m thrilled to win a NorCal game.”
St. Francis boys ousted in DII opener
St. Francis’ season ended in the first round of the NorCal Division II playoffs. The 14th-seeded Lancers lost 68-62 at No. 3 Grant of Sacramento Feb. 26.
St. Francis entered the fourth quarter down 13 but narrowed the gap to five with a minute to play.
“We attempted a 3 to try to cut it to two but fell short of that,” Lancers coach Mike Motil said.
Roy Yuan finished with a career-high 32 points and Oscar Pedraza added 14 for St. Francis (13-14).