Perhaps the best-kept secret in local basketball circles is the Eastside Prep boys, who have quietly compiled a 7-0 preseason record while flying completely under the radar.
The Panthers remained perfect with a 76-41 victory over visiting KIPP San Jose on Monday night. The game was rescheduled from last Thursday when most of the prep events were postponed due to the heavy storm.
Junior Dylan Berumen had a career-high 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for Eastside Prep with freshman Jackson Clark adding 10 points and two steals.
The Panthers defeated San Jose High, University Prep and College Prep last week, the latter a big 50-40 triumph at home.
"The College Prep game was our best effort of the season," said Eastside head coach Chris Bischof. "We lost to this team the last two years."
Senior Darius Riley had 11 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore Aaron Cason added 14 points and six assists. Sophomore Isaiah East contributed nine points and four steals.
For the week, Riley averaged 12 points and nearly 12 rebounds for the Panthers, who finish up the preseason on Friday at University Prep Academy in San Jose at 5:30 p.m.
In Los Altos Hills, Ryan Brice tossed in 26 points and grabbed five rebounds to pace the host Pinewood boys to a 70-54 nonleague basketball win over Oakwood School on Monday night.
The Panthers (4-1) also got 12 points from Nathan Beak and 10 from Mathew Peery while David Bodine had eight points and eight rebounds. Pinewood was nearly flawless from the free-throw line as it made 14 of 16 shots and came up with 17 steals.
Oakwood, however, rallied from a 37-28 halftime deficit and got to within 44-43 at the end of the third quarter after holding Pinewood to just seven points in the period.
"Oakwood is a really dangerous team, with their guard play," said Pinewood coach Mani Messy. "They can compete with many teams. They really made it tough for us tonight. We have a ways to go as we continue to build things for ourselves. Just glad we were able to pull away in the fourth quarter."
Pinewood outscored Oakwood in the final period, 16-11, to head into the holiday break. The Panthers will be back on the floor on Dec. 27 for the St. Francis Holiday Tournament.
The Gunn at Wilcox game, scheduled for Monday night, was cancelled.
Pinewood ran into a solid Fremont team in Sunnyvale and dropped a 5-1 nonleague decision on Monday.
"Fremont is a good, physical team and we didn't have a response to their pressure," said Pinewood coach Michael Tetzlaff.
The Panthers (3-2) fell behind by 4-0 at the half and set a goal not to give up one in the second while getting at least one back. Pinewood achieved half that goal as Caleigh Page scored off a free kick from about 25 yards out. Fremont later answered with a final goal.
Pinewood will host Harker on Saturday at 11 a.m.