The Gunn boys got some help from an unexpected source to wrap up a second straight basketball title in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.
Thanks to a 70-60 victory by rival Palo Alto over second-place Wilcox, the Titans' 68-46 over visiting Los Altos on Wednesday night gave Gunn the outright championship in the SCVAL De Anza Division.
The Titans, who captured the SCVAL El Camino Division crown last season, won their first title in the upper division since 2009. Gunn finished 11-1 in league that season, also getting the title-deciding win over Los Altos.
The Titans are now 9-2 in league and 16-2 overall and can continue their finest season this decade with a victory at Fremont on Friday. The Central Coast Section seeding meeting will be Sunday, at which time Gunn could get a berth in the Open Division playoffs. If not, then a high seed in the Division II bracket.
Senior forward Alex Gil-Fernandez led the Titans with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Andre Augustin added 11 points for Gunn.
In Santa Clara, Palo Alto (7-4, 16-7) helped hand Gunn the title by disposing of host Wilcox (8-4, 17-7). Jack Simison led the Vikings with 16 points with Max Dorward adding 14 and Paul Jackson III 10. Paly overcame a 32-31 halftime deficit with a 23-point third quarter as Simison scored eight points while Myles Tention and Dorward added six each.
In the Peninsula Athletic League Tournament, Menlo-Atherton opened in a big way with an 81-42 romp over South San Francisco in Atherton. The Bears improved to 23-2 with their 15th straight victory and will play Aragon in the semifinals on Friday at Mills High at 4:30 p.m.
Senior post Blake Henry led the onslaught with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Kai Winterling came off the bench and tallied 18 points. Christian Fioretti added nine points and three assists, Will Perrone finished with eight points and five boards and Bradley Stillman contributed six rebounds and four assists.
M-A jumped to a 23-6 first-quarter lead and was comfortably ahead at halftime, 44-14.
Menlo-Atherton advanced to the semifinals of the PAL Tournament following a 74-36 romp over visiting Westmoor on Wednesday in Atherton. The regular-season champion Bears (23-2), who won their 20th straight, will face South San Francisco on Friday at Mills High at 6 p.m. The Warriors upset Mills, 45-44.
M-A won the rematch of last season's PAL championship game (which the Bears won) by outscoring the Rams, 21-5, in the second quarter after trailing by 9-4 in the opening period.
M-A coach Markisha Coleman called a time out after that early deficit and the Bears regrouped quickly. Greer Hoyem and Ofa Sili were unstoppable in the paint for M-A, with Hoyem tallying 19 points with Sili adding 13 points and 11 rebounds.
In the second quarter, M-A welcomed back Carly McLanahan from an injury and she hit a 3-pointer to spark a 15-0 run. The Bears blew the game open with a 24-point third period as Mele Kailahi hit her second 3-pointer and fellow freshman Erica Fischer added two more treys.