Palo Alto boys take charge early in basketball victory


Spencer Rojahn must have received an early holiday present in the form of a silky smooth 3-point shot. Or, maybe he just works hard to perfect his touch.

Either way, his Palo Alto boys' basketball teammates must enjoy watching him when he gets into the zone.

For the second straight night, Rojahn hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points and the Vikings beat host Carlmont, 71-48, in a nonleague contest on Friday evening, the last high school event before Saint Nick's annual visit.

Palo Alto (6-1) gets going again Wednesday with an opening round game versus San Ramon Valley at 3 p.m. at the St. Francis tournament.

Max Dorward took the traditional route to his 19-point effort, which included a 3-of-4 night from the foul line. He scored 11 of his points in the first quarter, including six of the team's first nine points, as the Vikings took command of the game from the outset. The Scots (4-3) scored a combined 11 points in the opening period.

The offense performs much smoother when your teammates are all about rebounding the ball and then getting it into the right hands.

Will Schlemmer, who waited until the fourth quarter to score a basket, busied himself cleaning the boards. He grabbed eight of his game-high 11 rebounds in the first half while around 10 were spread among six other players.

Rojahn and Miles Tention, whose job title should read Executive Director of Distribution, each grabbed seven rebounds.

Tention lives up to his leadership moniker by creating and completing tasks of all sizes. He specializes in diversity, spreading the wealth among several important categories. Against Carlmont, it shows up as nine assists, seven points, and four steals to fortify his rebounding totals.

Jack Siminson also added his second straight double-digit scoring effort, contributing 10 points, eight in the first half.

On Thursday, Rojahn scored 17 points and Dorward had 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds as the Vikings dispatched Oak Grove, 76-32, at Gunn High in a nonleague game. Tention had six of Paly's 24 assists.

Simison scored nine straight over a span that bridged the end of the first and start of the second period. He finished with 10 points, four rebounds, an assist, and a steal.

Elsewhere, Gunn topped host Burton, 67-62, in overtime. Evan Dray scored 18 points and David Clarke added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Titans (9-2)

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Matt Simison
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

*Simison not Siminson you got it right the second time.

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