The Mountain View High boys basketball team has found points hard to come by this season, but the Spartans didn’t need many to beat rival Los Altos.
Mountain View edged the Eagles 37-36 Saturday in the third-place game at the Cupertino Tournament. The Spartans – who four games into the season have yet to exceed 40 points – made six shots in the first half, but they were all 3-pointers.
Los Altos coach Bob McFarlane said his squad “came out sluggish” before battling back in the second half behind better defense. The Eagles were in position to make the game-winning shot, but they botched the inbound pass with 1.5 seconds left.
Los Altos, which upset Bellarmine 52-47 Friday behind Joey Malgesini’s 16 points, fell to 1-2. The Spartans improved to 2-2.
Pinewood, which opened the season with a 31-21 home win over Mountain View Dec. 3, finished third in the Redwood Classic last weekend in Booneville.
The Panthers went 3-1 in the tourney, beating Bentley 64-44 in the third-place game behind Greg Naumann’s 26 points.
Pinewood blasted Homestead 67-15 Thursday in the season-opening Lynbrook Tournament.
The Panthers jumped to a 35-6 lead by halftime and didn’t allow the Mustangs to score more than five points in any quarter.
Leeana Bade scored 13 points for Pinewood; Monique McDevitt and Chloe Eackles added 12 each.
Mountain View opened its season with a 41-36 loss to Lowell Dec. 4 in the Mills Tournament. Jayme Hughes tallied 10 points to pace Mountain View.
Third-quarter troubles doomed St. Francis in a 67-55 season-opening loss at Scotts Valley Dec. 4. The Lancers were outscored 18-9 in the period.
Daisha Abdelkader totaled 14 points for St. Francis and Dagney Duncheon contributed 10.
The Lancers rebounded Saturday, defeating Skyline 48-39 behind Adriana Frazier’s 17 points.
Los Altos secured its first win of the season Thursday, defeating Christopher 51-26 on the road. Rebecca Andrews scored 11 points for the Eagles (1-1); Meghan McDermott and Katie Munro contributed nine each.
Los Altos split its first two games of the year, following a 3-0 loss to Woodside Dec. 3 with a 9-1 shellacking of Mills Saturday at the Burlingame Tournament.
Freshman Emily Pye tallied three goals and junior Allie Crum scored two.
St. Francis opened its season with a 7-0 rout of Scotts Valley Dec. 4. Annie Kingman and Sophia Villalta each scored twice.