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Boys hoops: Menlo zeroing in on undefeated WBAL season

 

The Menlo boys basketball team overcame a slow start on Senior Night to beat visiting The King's Academy 67-41 in a West Bay Athletic League contest Tuesday, its 16th consecutive victory.

The game was tied 13-13 after one quarter and TKA took an 18-14 lead early in the second quarter.

Menlo (22-1, 13-0) went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. Thomas Brown started the run with a backward flip under the basket.

Cole Kastner scored on the fastbreak, Joe Foley tipped in his own miss and then Kastner scored off a pass from Foley.

After a TKA 3-pointer, Menlo went on a 9-2 run to close out the half with a 31-23 lead as both Brown and Foley hit 3-pointers.

Brown scored a team-high 23 for the Knights, who clinched sole possession of the league championship.

Foley, who is headed to Lehigh in the fall, scored 12 and had three assists and Riley Woodson had 11 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Cole Kastner had five assists.

The Knights close the regular season Thursday at Priory.

In other games, Menlo-Atherton walloped host Burlingame 77-43 in a regular-season Peninsula Athletic League South Division finale.

The Bears (16-8, 9-3) finished third after spending the previous two seasons as PAL South champs.

M-A, which outscored the Panthers 29-3 in the first quarter, can carry some momentum into the PAL playoffs, which begin Thursday at various campus sites. The semifinals and finals, Friday and Saturday, are at Half Moon Bay.

The Bears handed PAL South champion Sequoia its only league loss of the season.

The two teams will meet again in Friday's semifinals if both win their opening-round games.

In another WBAL game Eastside Prep surprised second-place Sacred Heart Prep 71-57.

Isaiah Saams-Hoy was blazing hot from the field, scoring 32 points, including 8-for-8 from the foul line, to pace the Panthers (16-7, 6-7), who host Crystal Springs Uplands at 7 p.m. Friday.

Josh Walker-Ford added 16 points for Eastside, which can still finish third depending on other results Friday.

Eric DeBrine scored 19 points to lead Sacred Heart Prep (12-11, 10-3), which plays at Harker on Friday. Yianni Gardner added 12 points.

Priory (14-9, 7-6) beat Crystal Springs Uplands 70-49 as Lucas Harris scored 16 points and Adrian LaValle added 11.

— Glenn Reeves/Palo Alto Online Sports

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