Los Altos boys rally in 2nd half

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Los Altos High’s Nolan Brennan drives for a layin Friday night against Homestead. The senior scored 16 points in the victory.

The first quarter belonged to Homestead High, but the Los Altos High boys basketball team settled down in the second and took off in the third en route to a 52-34 home win Friday night.

Up a point at halftime, the Eagles outscored the Mustangs 15-0 in the third period and maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game.

Panthers get the 'Jump' on Eastside

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Pinewood’s Hannah Jump lays up the ball in Friday’s game against Eastside Prep. She finished with a season-high 28 points.

Behind a barrage of 3-pointers sparked by Hannah Jump, the Pinewood School girls basketball team shot past Eastside College Prep 80-66 Friday night.

The host Panthers buried a season-high 19 treys (in 40 attempts), with junior Jump sinking eight of them. That’s the most 3s any Pinewood player has made in a game this year.

Owls on upswing after coach's heart-to-heart talk with team

Seven games into the season, Foothill College men’s basketball coach Matt Stanley had enough of the Owls’ uneven play. So after a Nov. 21 home game against Monterey Peninsula, he let them have it.

“I got upset with the team after a win,” he said of a 77-74 decision that boosted Foothill’s record to 4-3. “We didn’t play up to our standards. After that, the team bought into the philosophy that it’s not about wins or losses – it’s about getting better every day.”

Los Altos boys bounce back, crush Cupertino 58-36 on road

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Los Altos High’s Matt Eberle, dribbling in a recent game against Mountain View, led the Eagles with 15 points Friday at Cupertino.

Doomed by a slow start in a lopsided loss to Los Gatos two days earlier, the Los Altos High boys basketball team set the tone from the jump Friday at Cupertino and prevailed 58-36.

“We really didn’t bring the assertiveness on Wednesday, and we kind of let them dictate what we did on offense and defense,” said swingman Matt Eberle, the leading scorer in Friday’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest. “So today our goal was really to come back and be the assertive team and bring it to them first and keep it like that the entire game.”

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