Kevin Mullin did his best to keep the Palo Alto boys in the running for the SCVAL De Anza Division basketball title on Tuesday night.
The senior made 14 of 26 field goals (54 percent), needing just three from long range, while scoring a career-high 35 points -- one of the best individual performance in school history.
The school single-game scoring record is 46 points by David Weaver in 1993. That broke the previous mark of 39 points set in 1967 by John Bennion.
Mullin also grabbed six rebounds, had five steals and two assists for the Vikings. The standout effort, however, went for naught as Palo Alto dropped a 64-59 decision to host Los Gatos.
The loss was the second straight for the Vikings, who fell into a tie for second with Los Gatos at 4-2. Paly (13-4 overall) trails first-place Fremont (5-1, 13-4) heading into the second half of the season.
Palo Alto will play Los Gatos and Fremont to conclude the regular season.
The Vikings held a 16-10 first-quarter lead and were on top at halftime, 34-28. Paly took a 52-45 lead into the final period, before being outscored by 19-7.
No other Paly player scored in double figures. Sophomore Miles Tention added nine points with senior Alex Dees grabbing nine boards with six assists and four points. Senior starter Johnny Rojahn missed the game.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn remained tied for first place with Saratoga following a 52-36 thumping of visiting Cupertino. The Titans (5-1, 11-2) wrapped up the first half of division play with senior Chris Russell leading the way with 17 points. Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich and Alex Gil-Fernandez each added 12 points for Gunn, which put the game away with a 20-7 fourth quarter.
In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep won its eighth straight and held on to first place with an 85-57 romp over host Eastside Prep. The Gators (7-0, 15-2) were led by junior Mason Randall's 24 points with senior Corbin Koch adding 19 points and nine rebounds. Each player made five 3-pointers as SHP made 17 overall.
A 29-14 first quarter put the Gators comfortably in front. Junior Conner Moses contributed 17 points and James McLean added 10. Mitch Martella had nine points, 10 assists and three steals.
Junior guard Chris Southall led the host Panthers (1-6, 11-6) with 18 points with sophomores Aaron Cason and Isaiah East combining for another 25.
In Los Alto Hills, Pinewood held on to second place and knocked Menlo School to third with a 68-65 WBAL triumph. Menlo's Ben Simon missed a long 3-point attempt at the buzzer, allowing the Panthers (6-1, 12-3) to escape with the win.
The Knights fell to 5-2 (11-5 overall) despite a 26-point outburst by Liam Dunn, who scored 17 points in the second half. Jared Lucian added 15 points for Menlo, which trailed by 35-28 at halftime before rallying in the second half as Pinewood committed 10 of its 18 turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Kyle Murphy led a balanced Pinewood effort with 14 points. Jordan Riches had 12 and Ryan Brice 11. The Panthers made 20 of 25 free throws, a handful in the final moments to hold off the Knights.
In Sunnyvale, Scott Harris tossed in 23 points and Andy Isokpehi added 22 as Priory (3-4, 11-5)held off host King's Academy, 58-50.
Gunn took a depleted team to Cupertino on Tuesday night and suffered a 42-34 dual-match loss in SCVAL De Anza Division action.
"Unfortunately, six of our 14 starters were out for one reason or another," said Gunn coach Chris Horpel, in his 12th season with the Titans. "Even still, if one match had gone the other way we could have won. "We fought hard and I was proud of our effort."
Senior team captain Ian Cramer continued to lead the Titans and registered his 21st win of the season and his 18th fall. Also turning in victories were senior Ebrahim Feghhi (152), sophomore Thomas Chang-Davidson (160) and senior Kirill Demyanenko (285). Juniors Zane Koehler (195) and Ben Cundiff (220) won by forfeit.
Gunn is now 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the De Anza Division.