At 4-0, perhaps the only way the Mountain View High boys basketball team could have started the season any better was to have Jailen Daniel-Dalton – whom coach Kevin Mack called “our leader” – in the lineup.
Even without the standout senior, expected to miss another week with a shoulder injury, the Spartans won last week’s Westmont Tournament. They opened by edging Willow Glen 46-43 on Ryan Bahar’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer, rallied from a four-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat Leland 59-55 in the semifinals and routed Prospect 52-33 in Friday’s championship game.
“This was the most complete game we played this season so far,” Mack said of the title game. “I really feel like we controlled the pace from start to finish.”
Bahar, who had a team-high 15 points, was named tourney MVP; fellow juniors Gabe Harris and Andrew Lau were named to the all-tournament team.
The Spartans are scheduled to visit Leigh 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Los Altos boys, who won their first three games of the season, fell 57-51 at De Anza of El Sobrante Saturday.
Pinewood won both its games at last weekend’s Miramonte Showcase to start the season 2-0.
The Panthers got by Clovis 60-54 Friday and crushed California 71-31 Saturday behind 20 points from Una Jovanovic.
Los Altos defeated Dixon 44-31 Saturday on the road, improving to 3-2. Jamie Baum scored 18 points for the Eagles.
Los Altos is off to a 1-1 start after routing Santa Teresa 5-0 Friday and falling to Salinas 2-1 Saturday. Amir Issa scored three goals in Friday’s home win.
Mountain View dropped a 1-0 decision to St. Ignatius in the Fremont-Sunnyvale Tournament. The Spartans (1-1) topped Gunn 5-2 earlier in the week. Maru Lasala and Sistine Noel each scored two goals in the win.