McGraw brothers lead Nueva hoops team to its best season

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Nueva School’s Connor McGraw, left, and older brother Kyle of Los Altos Hills run toward the front court.

For Los Altos Hills residents Kyle and Connor McGraw, Nueva School’s 2018-19 boys basketball season wasn’t just special because their team had its most successful campaign in program history. It also provided the brothers the rare opportunity to play together.

“It was great playing with him,” Kyle said of Connor. “It was one of the first times; I usually just get to practice with him.”

Payback for Panthers

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Pinewood’s Klara Astrom drives to the basket against St. Mary’s last week in the Northern California playoffs.

Minutes after the Pinewood School girls basketball team knocked off host Carondelet 51-39 in the Northern California Open Division semifinals, the Panthers’ celebration turned to unmitigated elation. They had just received news that Salesian upset Mitty in Saturday’s other semifinal game.

“The girls were very excited about it,” said Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler, whose team fell to the top-seeded Monarchs 72-51 in the Central Coast Section final two weeks ago. “Mitty is a power, and they present more difficulties for us than Salesian.”

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.”

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