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Gunn, SHP take over sole possession of first

 

Gunn is still sitting atop the SCVAL De Anza Division boys' basketball standings, but it's a lot less crowded following the Titans' 49-32 victory over host Los Altos on Friday night.

Gunn moved into sole possession of the top spot following Paly's 45-40 loss to host Cupertino. That leaves Gunn (4-0, 12-4) in the driver's seat heading into next Friday's showdown at Palo Alto. Taylor Perricone and Matt Redfield led the Titans with 15 and 13 points, respectively, against the Eagles. A 20-7 advantage in the second quarter propelled Gunn into the lead for good.

"We did a lot of things well tonight," said Gunn coach Chris Redfield. "Our shot selection is getting better and we're moving the ball well."

After Gunn's Anthony Cannon scored to make it a 28-13 game at the beginning of the third period, the Eagles scored 10 in a row to cut the deficit to five. The Titans, however, regrouped after a timeout and went on a 10-4 run to wrap up the period -- highlighted by a lob pass dunk from Jack Hannan to the 6-foot-6 Redfield off an inbounds pass.

Palo Alto won't be playing for sole possession of first place when it plays Gunn, unless Cupertino can pull off another upset. The Pioneers visit Gunn on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Barring an upset, the best Paly can hope for next week is pulling into a tie for the lead. The Vikings (3-1, 9-6) dropped into second place with the loss to Cupertino. E.J. Floreal scored 14 points for the Vikings, as did Israel Hakim, but production surprisingly fell off from the rest of the team.

In East Palo Alto, Sacred Heart prep knocked down 10 three-pointers and took over sole possession of first place in the West Bay Athletic League with a 74-33 victory over host Eastside Prep on Friday night.

The win by the Gators (4-0, 12-2), coupled with Harker's 36-33 loss to Crystal Springs, left SHP atop the standings. Reed McConnell had four treys and 16 points to share scoring honors with his senior twin, Will. Junior Cole McConnell and senior Colin Terndrup added three treys and 13 points each. The Gators outscored the Panthers (0-5, 5-10) in the second half, 35-12.

In Atherton, Pinewood got big games from Solomone Wolfgramm and Cameron Helvey while rolling to a 70-59 victory over host Menlo School in a WBAL game on Friday night. Wolfgramm scored 20 points with seven rebounds, six assists and five steals while Helvey added 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists for the Panthers (4-1, 12-3), who remained a game back of first place. Menlo (2-2, 6-7) was led by Mac Osborne's 18 points while Richard Harris added 12 points and eight rebounds.

In Sunnyvale, Priory let a first-quarter lead get away and dropped a 62-43 decision to host King's Academy on Friday in WBAL action. Brandon Willhite led the Panthers (1-3, 7-5) with 21 points. King's Academy outscored Priory in the second and third quarters, 40-17.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton got 21 points from Marquise Tolson in a 62-45 victory over host South San Francisco on Friday. The Bears (1-1, 8-8) raced to a 19-2 first-quarter lead and never were threatened after that. Myles Brewer added 12 points while Michael Culhane had four points, four assists and three rebounds

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/gunntitans.com

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