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.”

St. Francis girls maintain positive outlook despite negative results in recent games

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St. Francis High’s Paige Uyehara drives to the hoop versus Mitty last week. She scored 16 points Saturday against St. Joseph Notre Dame.

The loss was the St. Francis High girls basketball team’s third in a row – and fourth in five games – yet the Lancers didn’t leave the locker room with their heads down Saturday.

That’s because they hung with highly ranked St. Joseph Notre Dame, which escaped St. Francis with a 57-53 non-league win, and they still sport a 12-6 record.

Eighth-grade hoops tourney starts Thursday at St. Simon

St. Simon Parish School’s 14th annual Father Murray Basketball Tournament is slated Thursday through Sunday in Los Altos.

Eight boys teams and eight girls teams are set to compete in the eighth-grade tournament, held in the school gym. Participants include host St. Simon, St. Nicholas (Los Altos Hills), St. Raymond (Menlo Park), Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton), Hillview (Menlo Park), St. Apollinaris (Napa), Holy Spirit (San Jose), Pinewood (Los Altos) and Menlo.

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