Palo Alto, Gunn boys remain atop their division hoop standings


Palo Alto remained the only unbeaten boys basketball team in the SCVAL De Anza Division race following a dominating 66-36 thumping of previously unbeaten Milpitas on Tuesday in the Vikings' gym.

Paly (3-0, 12-2) was led by senior Kevin Mullin's 15 points with junior Mike Grandy adding 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Freshman Max Dorward contributed seven points and nine rebounds for the Vikings, who outscored the Trojans (1-1, 7-6) by 20-5 in the second quarter to grab a 36-15 halftime lead.

Sophomore Miles Tention provided six assists and Palo Alto turned the ball over just four times.

In the SCVAL El Camino Division race, junior Alex Gil-Fernandez poured in 23 points to help Gunn remain atop the standings following a 72-41 victory over host Lynbrook. Senior Chris Russell added 17 points as the Titans improved to 3-0 in the division and 9-1 overall. Gunn put the game out of reach by outscoring the Vikings, 28-8, in the third quarter. David Lee-Heidenreich added 11 points for Gunn.

In Campbell, junior guard Mason Randall poured in five 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 18 points to help Sacred Heart Prep remain tied for first place in the West Bay Athletic League race with a 70-44 triumph over host Harker.

The Eagles (1-2, 8-5) grabbed a one-point lead after the first quarter before the Gators (3-0, 10-2) stormed back to take a 40-23 halftime lead following a 26-point second quarter. Seniors James McLean and Corbin Koch each added 13 points for SHP, which has won 10 of its past 11 games.

Elsewhere in the WBAL, both Menlo School and Pinewood remained unbeaten and tied for first place following victories on Tuesday.

In Atherton, host Menlo (3-0, 9-3) pulled away from King's Academy in the third quarter to post a 55-43 victory in the fourth annual Knights Joust. Liam Dunn had the hot shooting hand for Menlo with 19 points. He made a wicked spin move to the basket in the third period to tie the score at 35.

Tench Coxe added a 3-pointer -- one of his three -- and another layup for a five-point lead with four minutes left. Menlo held the visiting Knights to just three points in the final period. Coxe finished with 11 points and Jack Hammond added nine.

In Hillsborough, Pinewood kept pace with SHP and Menlo with a 76-52 victory over host Crystal Springs. Ryan Knotts led the Panthers (3-0, 9-2) with 17 points as he made 8 of 11 from the floor. Kyle Murphy contributed 14 points and Ryan Brice finished with 13 while Jordan Riches added nine points and seven rebounds.

In Portola Valley, Andy Isokpehi tossed in 21 points and Scott Harris added 18 as host Priory held off Eastside Prep, 58-51. The game was close throughout with Priory (1-2, 9-3) holding a 26-22 halftime lead before outscoring the Panthers by 19-15 in the third period. Eastside Prep (0-3, 7-3) dropped its third straight after compiling an unbeaten preseason. Chris Southall and Darius Riley each tallied 14 points for the visitors.

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