The Palo Alto boys are finding different ways to win basketball games these days. On Wednesday, the Vikings used a tight second-half defense to shut down host Milpitas during a 56-30 victory in SCVAL De Anza Division action.
Holding a 31-24 halftime lead, the Vikings came out in the third period and outscored the Trojans, 14-2. The final period was nearly as good as Milpitas managed just four points.
Paly's offense wasn't outstanding, but good enough. Junior Miles Tention had 11 points, Max Dorward added eight and three others contributed seven as the Vikings improved to 3-0 in league and 11-3 overall.
Palo Alto will host Los Altos on Friday night at Gunn at 7:45 p.m.
Speaking of Gunn, the Titans got a career-high 36 points from junior Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich in a 77-67 victory over visiting Wilcox. The Titans (2-1 (9-1) bounced back well from their first loss of the season as senior Alex Gil-Fernandez added 21 points with 16 rebounds.
Gunn will visit Los Gatos on Friday at 7:45 p.m.
In the PAL South Division, Menlo-Atherton remained atop the standings following a 66-23 romp over visiting San Mateo. The Bears (3-0, 11-2) held the Bearcats (1-2, 8-7) to just 10 points spanning the second and third periods while taking a 61-20 lead.
Senior post Blake Henry tallied 12 first-half points and finished with a game-high 19 plus nine rebounds. Eric Norton added 10 points, three rebound and three steals and Christian Fioretti added 10 points and six assists. Lucas Fioretti finished with six points, six steals, four rebounds and four assists for M-A while Will Perrone added eight points and six boards.
The Bears will visit Carlmont on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Menlo-Atherton remained atop the PAL South Division standings after routing host San Mateo, 66-20. Greer Hoyem scored 16 points in the first six minutes as the Bears rushed to a 21-1 first-quarter lead. Hoyem finished with 17 points to lead all scorers. M-A's defense limited the Bearcats to seven field goals in the game as the Bears improved to 3-0 in the division and 13-2 overall.
The Bears' Mele Kailahi hit four 3-pointers for 12 points and Annalisa Crowe added two as the Bears put the game away. M-A travels to Carlmont on Friday for a game at 6:15 p.m.