GUNN DEFEATS PALY 42-18 in BOY's BASKETBALL
On Friday night Gunn defeated Palo Alto as they unleashed a stifling defense in a 42-18 win.
Kanye West may sing about a “Love Lockdown,” but on the night before Valentine’s Day it was a Gunn “Defensive Lockdown” that prevented any significant offensive output by the visiting Vikings.
Giving up the fewest points of any Gunn team in at least the last 10 years and probably one of the top defensive efforts against a quality opponent in school history, the Titans were able to take a close game at the end of the first and turn it into a decisive win that ended a streak that lasted 2205 days. Not since a 72-64 home win over Palo Alto on January 31, 2003, have the Titans left a Gunn-Palo Alto game victorious.
While the fans were excited about being Palo Alto, the coach and at least one of the players kept it in perspective.
“This group has really worked hard all year,” said Redfield. “Our biggest goal this year was winning De Anza.”
The Titans actually clinched their first ever De Anza title on Tuesday night, but they didn’t find out until long after their 65-39 win over Los Altos.
“Winning league is big,” said Kyle Perricone. “Right now we have to focus on our next game and get a good seed for CCS.”
Gunn is now 10-1 in league play and 21-5 overall and should have a very strong seed for the Central Coast Section Playoffs.
The early signs in the game were positive as Gus Brennan had some tremendous blocks and Perricone hit a couple of inside baskets.
But Palo Alto played strong and had a 7-6 lead late in the first.
The lead was short lived, though as the Titans’ Ryan Miller sank a three pointer to put Gunn up 9-7 and the first quarter ended with the Titans holding that lead.
In the second quarter Gunn began to extend its lead as Palo Alto could only muster a three pointer by Joseph Lin that cut the score to 13-10. The Titans scored the final seven points of the half to lead 20-10.
Little did anybody know that when Max Minowitz made a jump shot from the free throw line to make it 19-10, it represented the winning points for the Titans.
The second half was more lockdown defense by Gunn. Guards Minowitz and Mike Shubat played shutdown defense on Paly guards Lin and Robinson. Time and time again Palo Alto was prevented from getting any outside shots by the guards and if they did get past the first line of Gunn defense, there was Brennan waiting for them.
The key play of the game came with 2:44 to go in the third. With Gunn leading 26-14, Lin drove the lane but was rejected by Brennan. The ball went to Miller who threw a pass to a streaking Perricone who layed it in to make the score 28-14.
After a Stephan Castro free throw, Brennan showed it as Gunn’s night when with the shot clock hitting zero, he calmly floated in a 15 footer from the left side to make the score 31-14.
Brennan led all scorers with 12 points.
The fourth quarter saw more of the same as Gunn extended the lead and clamped down on Palo Alto. Gunn fans knew it was there night when Avery Reiss nailed a three pointer to give the Titans a 36-16 advantage.
The Vikings could only garner two field goals and in the final minute Coach Redfield took out the seniors as they received a warm ovation from the appreciative fans.
The final exclamation point of the great night came when sophomore reserve Josh Jackson drove in the from the right side and did a reverse back flip layin that looked Michael Jordanesque for the final points of the night.
Besides Brennan’s points, Perricone had 10, Minowitz scored six, Miller added five, Castro four, Reiss three and Jackson two.
Next up for Gunn will be a home game against Cupertino on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.