The Palo Alto boys defeated Campolindo, 57-50, and will play host St. Francis -- a 66-38 winner over Mountain View -- for the Joe Schramm tournament championship on Friday at 7:45 p.m.
In contrast to the previous night when Max Dorward went off for 27 points in a win over San Ramon Valley, the Vikings were the beneficiaries of a balanced attack against Campo.
Dorward, Spencer Rojahn and Jared Wulbrun scored 11 points apiece and Miles Tention scored 10 to go along with seven assists. Dorward led the team with 10 rebounds.
Paly coach Peter Diepenbrock said he loves having a balanced offense, "because then the other team can’t focus on one guy."
Palo Alto led 40-20 at halftime. Campolindo made it closer in the second half, but the game’s outcome was never really in doubt.
Wulbrun made three 3-pointers and Rojahn made two. Wulbrun is in his first year at Palo Alto after moving from Alabama. His father is an assistant on Jerod Haase’s staff at Stanford.
“Jared is very heady and tough,’’ Diepenbrock said. “He plays hard and really competes. He’s fit in well, the kids like him. A great addition.’’
Now the team readies itself for a rematch of last year’s final, a game St. Francis won, 69-50.
“It will be our third game in three days,’’ Diepenbrock said. “We’ll try to play our game, play our style. They like to change defenses, put pressure on and they like to run a lot. Our key will be not to give them any easy baskets in transition and don’t turn it over.’’
Menlo closed out the Orange Holiday Classic with a victory, defeating Bellflower 84-75 on Thursday.
The Knights went 2-2 for the tournament, opening against Esperanza, ranked sixth in the state, before facing three other strong Southern California teams.
Menlo begins West Bay Athletic League play at Woodside Priory on Jan. 3.
Against Bellflower, Menlo took a 39-27 halftime lead, then went on a 25-9 third-quarter run to lead by 28 entering the fourth. Bellflower rallied with 39 fourth-quarter points, but the Knights held on for the win.
Junior Thomas Brown shot 8 of 9 from the field, including going 3 of 3 from three-point range, to finish with 22 points. Brown also had four steals. Joe Foley, also a junior, poured in 19 points, six rebounds and five assists for Menlo.
Riley Woodson, who was named to the all-tournament team, posted 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds while fellow junior JH Tevis added 12 points as 10 players scored for the Knights (3-4).
Priory topped Monte Vista Christian, 66-59, in the final of the Don and Martha Classic in Watsonville.
Matt Boyle scored 19 points to lead the way for the Panthers.