Last week’s boys basketball game between Mountain View and Los Altos highs illustrated the striking differences between the two rivals this season.
The high-scoring Spartans, who lead the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, cruised to a 62-23 win over the host Eagles, whose scoring struggles have a lot to do with their sixth-placing standing.
Mountain View jumped to a 15-3 advantage in the opening quarter and pushed the lead to 35-12 by halftime of the Jan. 16 contest. The Eagles fell further behind in the third, outscored 24-3 en route to their lowest-scoring game of the season.
“We played very well versus Los Altos – especially on the defensive end,” Spartans coach Kevin Mack said. “Our energy and intensity level was really high. Our guys were really fired up to play them.”
Mountain View also held Los Altos to three points in the third quarter, in which Sam Tobin scored 19 of the Spartans’ 24 points. The senior finished with a game-high 27.
“He was big-time,” Mack said of the senior. “(He) made tough shot after tough shot.”
For the game, the Spartans shot 49 percent from the field, while the Eagles made just 18 percent of their attempts. Eric Jones scored nine points to pace Los Altos.
“Mountain View is very good,” Eagles coach Trevor Naas said. “They completely outplayed us from start to finish in all facets of the game. We will learn from it and move on.”
Los Altos, which opened the week with a 41-31 loss at Los Gatos Jan. 14, ended it with a 52-38 setback at Palo Alto Friday. The Eagles sank to 1-5 in league and 10-8 overall.
The Spartans, meanwhile, enjoyed a three-win week. They defeated visiting Paly 61-53 two days before beating Los Altos and topped Gunn 61-43 Friday at home behind 22 points from Tobin. Mountain View improved to 5-0 in league and 15-2 overall.
St. Francis last week picked up its first West Catholic Athletic League win, 61-53 over Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Lancers led 31-23 at halftime of the Jan. 16 home game.
“We played a pretty good game,” said coach Mike Motil, whose Lancers went to 1-5 in league and 9-7 overall.
Sebastian Pelayo paced St. Francis with 16 points, Roy Yuan added 13 and Matteo Fontana had 10. The Lancers were also helped by “a really good defensive effort from Maurice Wilmer and Evan Williams,” Motil said.
Bouncing back from a 49-36 home loss to Lynbrook earlier in the week, Los Altos toppled Fremont 40-27 Friday.
The visiting Eagles, up 30-11 at halftime, raised their record to 4-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 12-5 overall.
Down nine points to Saratoga at intermission, host Mountain View rallied to win its first De Anza Division game of the season. The Spartans eked out a 34-32 victory by outscoring the Falcons 24-13 in the second half. Mountain View entered this week 1-4 in league and 5-10 overall.
St. Francis didn’t have an answer for Haley Jones, who scored 43 points in Mitty’s 89-26 road rout of the Lancers Friday. Mia Grizelj scored eight points for St. Francis, which dropped to 2-3 in the WCAL and 13-4 overall.
Down nine points with three matches remaining, Mountain View won them all to beat Lynbrook 39-33 Thursday. After Tai Nguyen (126 pounds) pinned his opponent in 47 seconds and Andrew Sasamori (132) won a 7-3 decision to tie the meet, Sebastian Spaid (138) pinned his foe in 3:36 to seal the Spartans’ victory.
Host Mountain View improved to 2-0 in the El Camino Division.
The Spartans followed that match with another dramatic victory Saturday. Mountain View won its own tournament by rallying to overtake Gunn 42-38.
Mountain View, trailing 38-30 with two matches left, prevailed on pins from Jared Krawitz (170) and Calvin Conaway (182). Krawitz rallied from a 13-10 deficit in the third period to pin his opponent in 5:40. Freshman Conaway’s pin came in 1:50.
Host Mountain View mauled Saratoga 5-0 Friday to remain perfect in the De Anza Division (5-0). Sydney Arrillaga scored a pair of goals, both assisted by Sistine Noel. Mountain View’s other goals came from Claire Pare (assist Janvi Subramanyan), Maru Lasala (Allie Montoya) and Isabella Walker (Lasala).
“Girls are playing well and are improving in a few areas the coaching staff has highlighted the last few weeks,” said coach Ivan Bandov, whose team is 11-0-1 overall.
St. Francis played St. Ignatius to a 1-all tie Thursday in WCAL action. Isabella Schou scored in the first half for the host Lancers (1-2-1, 6-3-3).
Two days earlier, visiting St. Francis blanked Valley Christian 4-0. Riley Burrill notched two goals and an assist, Schou had a goal and an assist and Amanda Mickwee scored the other goal.
Ben Smith and Gabe Barrett scored two goals each in Mountain View’s 5-0 win at Saratoga Friday. Ciaran Hernon produced the other goal for the Spartans, who led 1-0 at halftime.
Mountain View improved to 2-0-3 in the De Anza Division and 5-3-5 overall.
Host Los Altos edged Homestead 2-1 Friday, improving to 2-3-1 in the De Anza Division and 5-3-5 overall.