MV's season ends with overtime loss

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Mountain View’s Sam Tobin takes a shot Thursday at University, where he had 20 points.

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.

St. Francis girls fall in NorCal quarterfinals

It was the kind of start the St. Francis High girls basketball team hoped for – a 15-5 lead on the road in the Northern California Division I quarterfinals. It didn’t last, however, as Bear Creek of Stockton rallied for a 64-59 win after altering its defense late in the first period.

“That kind of freaked us out,” Lancers coach Sami Pompei said of the Bruins’ switch from zone to man-to-man. “You could see the fear in the seniors – they didn’t want the season to end – and we got frazzled. Then we started going cold, missing free throws, layups and not executing on offense.”

Mountain View gets defensive in section final

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Mountain View’s Will Dominguez blocks a shot by Leland’s Preston Weber in Saturday’s CCS final. Dominguez had four blocks and 12 points.

The Mountain View High boys basketball team proved to be the outlier last weekend – the lone Central Coast Section finalist to win a title without scoring at least 40 points.

The third-seeded Spartans edged No. 1 Leland 36-34 Saturday night in the CCS Division II final at Santa Clara High.

Pinewood proves no match for Mitty in CCS title game

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Pinewood’s Kaitlyn Leung puts up a shot in Friday’s game.

In the regular season, the nationally ranked girls basketball teams from Pinewood School and Mitty High clearly showed they were a cut above the rest of the Central Coast Section. Friday night, Mitty left little doubt that it’s on a higher plane than Pinewood as well.

The top-seeded Monarchs routed the No. 2 Panthers 72-51 in the CCS Open Division final at Santa Clara University. Defending champ Mitty – ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps – never trailed and led by double-digits most of the way.

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