Palo Alto boys alone in first place atop De Anza hoop standings


With seniors Johnny Rojahn and Kevin Mullin combining for 39 points, the Palo Alto boys moved into sole possession of first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division basketball race with a 69-54 thumping of host Wilcox on Friday night in Santa Clara.

The Vikings (2-0, 11-2) got 20 points and seven assists from Rojahn with Mullin adding 19 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Justin Hull pulled down eight rebounds and Miles Tention added 12 points for the Vikings, who made 10 three-pointers and had 19 assists while winning their seventh straight.

In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn remained atop the standings following a 46-27 romp over visiting Mountain View. The Titans (2-0, 8-1) held the Spartans to just 11 points in the first half and took a 42-19 lead into the third period.

Chris Russell led Gunn with 12 points with Alex Gil-Fernandez adding nine as the Titans won their seventh straight with 10 players scoring.

In the West Bay Athletic League, host Pinewood raced to a 17-8 first-quarter lead and didn't slow up while rolling to a 74-43 victory over visiting Priory. Pinewood moved to 2-0 in league (8-2 overall) while Priory dropped to 0-2 and 8-3.

Pinewood made 10 of 24 shots from three-point range (42 percent) with Matthew Peery leading the way with a 4-of-6 effort for 12 points. He also had five assists. Ryan Brice led Pinewood with 13 points while Jordan Riches (11) and Ryan Knotts (11 0) rounded out a balanced effort that helped put the host Panthers into a 62-26 lead heading into the final period. Andy Isokpehi and Scott Harris, Priory's top two scorers, where held to a combined 17 points.

In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep remained tied with Priory in the WBAL following a 78-30 rout of visiting Crystal Springs. The Gators (2-0, 9-2) held a 22-9 first-quarter lead and made it 39-17 at halftime while cruising to the easy win.

SHP junior Andrew Daschbach continued his solid play with 13 points while senior Cobin Koch and junior Conner Moses each added 10 as 11 Gators scored.

In another WBAL game, Menlo School (2-0, 8-3) handed host Eastside Prep (0-2, 7-2) a 66-46 defeat. The Knights got a team-high 15 points from Liam Dunn. Fellow senior Jack Hammond added nine more points and junior Charlie Roth grabbed 11 rebounds. Will Richardson, a senior guard, distributed seven assists for Menlo.

In the PAL South Division, Menlo-Atherton blew open a close game with a 20-point second quarter and rolled to a 47-37 victory over visiting Carlmont. Ryan Cole tossed in 13 points and Whittaker Jellins pulled down eight rebounds for the Bears (1-1, 7-7), who grabbed a 29-15 halftime lead and held off the Scots in the second half after a solid defensive effort in the first half.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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