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Boys basketball: SH Prep, Paly, M-A come up victorious

 

Jai Deshpande and Brendan Carney each scored 13 points and the Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team won for the third time in five games, beating host Crystal Springs Uplands, 85-36, to remain a game behind West Bay Athletic League leader Menlo.

Evan Nichols added 11 points for the Gators (5-8, 3-1), who are playing without their leading scorer Eric DeBrine. Jack Moe and Yianni Gardner combined for another 18 points as 13 players reached the scoring column.

Sacred Heart Prep, which plays at St. Mary's-Albany at 4 p.m. Saturday, raced to an early lead and continued to build on it the rest of the way. The Gators led 56-28 at halftime.

Eastside Prep edged visiting The King's Academy, 57-53, in another WBAL contest. The Panthers (12-2, 2-2) host Pinewood at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In the Peninsula Athletic League South Division, Bradley Stillman scored 15 points to help Menlo-Atherton down host Carlmont, 54-40, Friday night.

Nick Tripaldi added 11 points for the Bears (8-4, 2-0), who play San Leandro in the MLK Chabot Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Dean Fratt hit a jumper at the end of the first halt to put M-A ahead, 27-23, and the Bears took it from there. Will Beasley, who scored nine points, sparked a second-half run that also featured three consecutive 3-pointers from Tripaldi.

In another PAL contest, Sequoia topped Woodside, 56-33.

In the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, the Palo Alto boys broke open a close game with a 19-0 run and went on to a 67-35 win over host Wilcox.

Palo Alto (11-2, 3-0) was up just 21-20 when Bryant Jefferson started the run with back-to-back baskets in the paint. Then the Vikings, who won their ninth straight, got their running game going.

Max Dorward scored on the fastbreak and then again in transition off a pass from Will Schmuck. Jefferson made two free throws and Dorward one as the second quarter ended with Paly up 32-20.

The Vikings continued their run once the halftime break concluded. Spencer Rojahn hit a 3-pointer, Dorward converted a three-point play in another fastbreak situation and then Rojahn scored on an offensive rebound to make it 40-20.

Dorward led Paly with 21 points. Rojahn scored 13 and Jefferson 10. William Schlemmer grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked three shots. Dorward blocked four shots.

The Vikings host crosstown rival Gunn on Saturday with the boys' game at 6 p.m. and the girls' game at 4:30.

In the Private Schools Athletic League, Mid-Peninsula (3-8, 0-4) dropped a 50-33 decision to host Alma Heights Christian.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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