Behind 3Q run, Mtn. View boys knock off Gatos

Jeff Tobin/Special to the Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Jake Pappas grabs a rebound.

The Mountain View High boys basketball team shocked Los Gatos 74-63 Friday night in what may be the Spartans’ best win of the season.

Ahead by two points at halftime, host Mountain View pulled away from the Wildcats with a 25-13 run in the third quarter of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest.

“This win was definitely the most complete game we’ve put together and hopefully will give us some momentum going forward,” said coach Kevin Mack, whose Spartans improved to 2-2 in league and dropped Los Gatos to 2-1.

Sam Tobin paced Mountain View (11-5 overall) with 25 points and eight rebounds. Manul Mosley chipped in 16 points that included a trio of 3-pointers, while Zach Moran finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Jake Pappas added 11 points and seven rebounds, “but it was his defense that was the key,” Mack said. The junior had the tall task of guarding University of San Francisco-bound Dillon Belquist. Although the 6-foot-6 senior scored 21 points, it was nine below his average and Pappas “made him work for every point,” Mack said.

The Spartans drained 11 3-pointers in the game and converted 19 of their 23 free throws. Los Altos suffered a 64-27 loss at Palo Alto Jan. 10 that dropped the Eagles to 2-1 in the De Anza Division and 9-6 overall.

Los Altos trailed 32-11 at halftime and never recovered.

St. Francis escaped Mitty with a 61-59 win Friday, barely holding off the last-place Monarchs’ second-half surge. Leading by 11 at halftime, the Lancers were outscored 35-26 the rest of the way.

St. Francis improved to 4-0 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 12-2 overall.

Girls basketball

In its highest-scoring game of the season, Pinewood routed Menlo 94-55 Friday on the road.

The Panthers trailed by two after the first quarter, then went on a 31-13 run in the second.

Klara Astrom scored a season-best 31 points for the Panthers (2-0 West Bay Athletic League, 13-1 overall). Brianna Claros contributed 20 points and freshman Courtni Thompson had 17.

St. Francis fell to 1-1 in the WCAL with Friday’s 64-50 setback at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

After playing the Fightin’ Irish even in the first half, the Lancers were outscored 33-19 in the second.

Mia Grizelj and Lydia Foust scored 14 points each to lead St. Francis (11-3 overall).

Boys soccer

Mountain View split a pair of De Anza Division games last week, following a 3-0 win over Homestead with a 1-0 loss to Los Gatos.

Playing shorthanded against Homestead Jan. 10, Spartans coach Jim McGuirk said it was “probably our best all-around game all year.” Mateo Angel, Winston Shustock and Ben Lau scored for Mountain View, which went to 1-3 in league and 4-8 overall after Friday’s loss at Los Gatos.

Girls soccer

Mountain View beat Homestead and Los Gatos last week to remain unbeaten in the De Anza Division at 3-0 and 11-0 overall.

The visiting Spartans routed Homestead 5-0 Jan. 10 and topped host Los Gatos 3-1 Friday. Laura Carceroni scored twice against Los Gatos and notched a goal and an assist versus Homestead.

St. Francis edged Presentation 1-0 Saturday on a penalty kick by Morgan Ketas in the second half.

The Lancers, who fell 4-0 to Mitty earlier in the week, are 1-1-1 in the WCAL and 5-5-2 overall.


Mountain View defeated host Homestead 39-33 Thursday in what coach Francisco Hernandez called a “hard-fought match.” At Saturday’s Los Gatos Invitational, Spartans Jared Krawitz (182 pounds) and Javier Hernandez (285) placed third and fourth, respectively.

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