Double-OT win sends Spartans to CCS final

Sam Tobin
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Mountain View High School senior Sam Tobin dribbles past a Cupertino High player during the teams’ Jan. 25 game. Tobin scored a team-high 30 points in Thursday’s CCS semifinal win over Aragon.

The Mountain View High boys basketball team will try to win its second Central Coast Section Division II title in three years when it faces Leland at 6 p.m. Saturday at Santa Clara High.

The third-seeded Spartans (22-4 overall) advanced to the final by edging No. 7 Aragon 80-75 in double overtime Thursday night at Gunn. Top-seeded Leland (24-2) took the floor next, squeaking by No. 4 Leigh 57-54 in the other semifinal.

Mountain View led Aragon 34-23 after a Will Dominguez dunk with 6:30 left in the third period, but the Dons – who upset No. 2 Valley Christian in the quarterfinals – closed the quarter on a 20-8 run to pull ahead. Their one-point lead grew to four on Sam Manu’s 3-pointer with 5:22 remaining in the fourth.

The Spartans played from behind the rest of the quarter, cutting the deficit to one on a pair of free throws by Sam Tobin (team-high 30 points) with 1:21 left and tying the game at 58 when Jake Pappas split two foul shots with 5.6 seconds to go.

That led to overtime, in which Mountain View reclaimed the lead on its first possession when Pappas split two more free throws. The advantage grew to 63-58 after Jailen Daniel-Dalton made a putback and Dominguez scored from the low block.

Aragon (12-15) answered again, however, as Manu scored five points in the final 4.4 seconds to force a second OT. The senior buried a 3 and, after Tobin split free throws, caught an inbound pass at midcourt over a Mountain View defender and drove for a layin that just beat the buzzer.

The Spartans struck first in the second OT – Dominguez drained two free throws to put them up 69-67 – but Manu quickly put his team back on top with a 3. That would be the Dons’ last lead.

Mountain View scored the next seven points, starting with Jack Resnick’s layin off a steal. Daniel-Dalton then sank two foul shots and Pappas made a baseline drive and one out of two free throws on the Spartans’ ensuing possessions. This pushed the Spartans’ advantage to 76-70 with 30 seconds to play.

“I’m proud of our guys for keeping their composure,” Mountain View coach Kevin Mack said. “They didn’t break, which was great to see.”

Local basketball & soccer teams enter CCS as league champions

The Mountain View High boys basketball team needed to win last week’s regular-season finale to clinch the league title outright, and the Spartans didn’t have their leading scorer to help them. But even without ailing Sam Tobin, Mountain View crushed Homestead 59-42.

“Our guys really stepped up and played well (Feb. 12),” coach Kevin Mack said. “They knew what was at stake and played at a high level.”

Gunn girls soccer just misses CCS

Photos Courtesy of Patricia Smith
The Gunn team features five Los Altos Hills residents, including goalie Nicole Smith, right.

If finishing a half-point shy of a Central Coast Section playoff berth last year wasn’t hard enough for the Gunn High girls soccer team to swallow, just imagine how the Titans feel after missing CCS by a quarter of a point this season.

“The team was really disappointed and sad that we deserved to play but didn’t qualify,” said coach Juan Mayora, who has five Los Altos Hills residents on his squad.

Admin prevents LA boys soccer team from applying for CCS

The Los Altos High boys soccer team had enough points to make the playoffs, but the administration didn’t allow the Eagles to apply due to an on-field incident last week.

A player received a red card (ejection) for a slide tackle against Palo Alto Feb. 13, according to coach Vava Marques, prompting Principal Wynne Satterwhite and athletic director Michelle Noeth to withhold the team’s playoff application. It was the third time this season a Los Altos player had been ejected from a game, Marques said, and the team had been warned about such behavior prior to last week’s incident.

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