Knights get beat by Esperanza; future Cardinal men's hoopster


Junior JH Tevis seems to be getting his basketball legs going following his breakout season with the Menlo School football team.

Tevis scored 18 points for the Knights, who lost their Orange Holiday Classic opener at Hope International in Fullerton, 65-52, to state-ranked No. 6 Esperanza (10-1) on Monday night.

Riley Woodson/Photo by Pam McKenney
Tevis, who earned all-PAL Ocean Division Defensive Player of the Year honors, gives Menlo coach Keith Larson added bulk and height and another offensive weapon. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound junior averaged four points and five rebounds through the first three games.

The Knights (1-3) meet Chino (6-6) in a consolation game Tuesday morning.

Stanford-bound Kezie Okpala led the Aztecs with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting. He also blocked a season-best five shots and shared the team lead with eight rebounds. Okpala, a 6-foot-8 guard, added season highs in assists (5) and steals (4) to his stat line.

If it's any consolation, the 22 points were Okpala's second-fewest in a game this year. He's averaging 29.2 points and 10.0 rebounds a game with a high of 41 points and 17 rebounds. Okpala has scored at least 30 points on seven occasions and has seven double-doubles thus far.

Tevis is one of eight juniors on the roster, in addition to a pair of sophomores and a freshman. Junior Joe Foley (11) and sophomore Riley Woodson (10) combined for another 21 points.

Foley averages 15 points and eight rebounds a game. Woodson averages 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The three seniors -- Jack Gold, Hayden Pegley and Evan King -- are also football players continuing to make the transition to basketball.

Girls' basketball

Castilleja fell behind early and could never recover in a 51-22 setback to Fresno in the opening round of the Monterey Bay Sweet 16 tournament at Hartnell College in Salinas.

The Gators (4-4) play in the consolation bracket on Tuesday. Cate Alder, Castilleja's 5-foot-10 senior captain, currently averages 16.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

Castilleja is scheduled to meet San Lorenzo Valley at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Fresno plays Estrella (AZ).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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