Gunn's title hopes disappear in overtime hoops loss to Cupertino


The Gunn boys' basketball team had hoped to be playing for a share of the SCVAL De Anza Division title when it played host to first-place on Friday night. Now, that won't happen after the Titans saw their title hopes disappear.

Needing a victory over host Cupertino to keep their title chances alive, the Titans instead dropped a 52-49 decision in overtime on Tuesday night.

The loss leaves Gunn at 6-4 in league (14-8 overall) with just two games remaining. Palo Alto, which had a bye on Tuesday, is 8-1 while Homestead moved to 7-3 and Cupertino to 6-3 win wins.

A victory by Palo Alto over Gunn on Friday at 7:45 p.m. will give the Vikings no worse than a share for the division crown, while a loss opens the door for a possible three-way tie should Paly drop two games next week.

Gunn's best hope at this point is to play a spoiler's role, forcing the Vikings to beat Los Gatos (at home) and Lynbrook (away) to win the division outright.

Gunn senior Matt Redfield led the way with 20 points against Cupertino while fellow seniors Jack Hannan and Anthony Cannon added 10 apiece.

In the West Bay Athletic League, host Sacred Heart Prep held on to its two-game lead with a 59-17 romp over Eastside Prep on Tuesday. The Gators (11-0, 19-2) raced to a 39-9 halftime lead and cruised from there. Reed McConnell made five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to pace SHP.

In Los Altos Hills, host Pinewood maintained its solid hold on second place with a close 61-59 victory over Menlo School. Solomone Wolfgramm scored the winning basket with 1.5 seconds to play to lift the Panthers (9-2, 17-4) over the Knights (6-5, 10-11).

Wolfgramm finished with 16 points while Kevin Sweat added 15. Richard Harris led Menlo with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Kent Lacob finished with 15 points, seven boards, five assists and four steals. Freddy Avis contributed 10 points and nine rebounds for the Knights with Mac Osborne adding 10 points.

In Portola Valley, host Priory got 25 points and 10 rebounds from senior Brandon Willhite in a 53-49 triumph over King's Academy. Gabor Somogyi added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers (3-8, 9-9), who held the visitors (5-6, 14-7) to just 29 percent shooting from the field.

In the Private Schools Athletic League, Nick Seyer scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to spark Mid-Peninsula to a 77-42 victory over host Kehillah Jewish at the Oshman Family Community Center on Tuesday. Lydell Cardwell had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Dragons (11-0, 17-2) while Reggie Williams finished with 20 points and eight boards. Max Kaplan led Kehillah with 19 points while Matt Friedberg had 10 rebounds and seven points.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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