Brendan Carney scored eight of his game-high 20 points during a decisive third quarter as the Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team shook off the doldrums of a gloomy first half shooting performance to beat host Pinewood 70-34 in a West Bay Athletic League contest on Tuesday night.
It may have looked like a blowout but it was anything but through a first half that saw the Gators (5-7, 2-1) struggling with shots not falling and Pinewood (8-5, 0-3) taking advantage and making it a closely contested game.
While Carney held the hot hand offensively, it was Warren Long who stoked the coals and sent a wave of energy through the Gators with his defensive intensity.
Suddenly those earlier missed shots found the bottom of the net and the Gators, with Long adding five points, began to pull away.
Jai Deshpande and Yianni Gardner each added nine points for Sacred Heart Prep, which visits neighboring Menlo for a 7:30 p.m. league game Friday.
Kolton Budge led Pinewood with 10 points. Keaton Bailey and Tyler Riches combined for another 15. The Panthers travel to Crystal Springs Uplands for a WBAL contest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Knights (9-2, 3-0) beat host Eastside Prep, 60-55, on Tuesday as Cole Kastner, who entered the game averaging 15.3 points and 11.1 rebounds, scored 13 of his game-high 32 points in the second quarter. Kastner added 15 rebounds and Justin Sellers added 13 points and eight rebounds.
The King's Academy remained tied with Menlo School for the league lead after topping the Gryphons, 62-28.
Zach Zafran scored 20 points but Priory fell behind early and never did quite catch up, losing to host Harker, 49-38, Tuesday.
Matthew Covington added 11 points for Priory (5-8, 0-3), which plays at The King's Academy (8-5, 3-0) on Friday, with a game time of 7:30 p.m. Harker (6-6, 1-1) travels to Eastside Prep (4-6, 1-1) for a 5 p.m. tip-off.
In the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, Palo Alto took a lead into the fourth quarter but let it slip away in a 53-50 setback at Cupertino on Tuesday.
Marvin Zou scored 16 points to lead the Vikings (7-7, 1-1), who host Los Gatos at 7:45 p.m. Friday.
Castilleja opened West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division play with a resounding 55-31 victory over visiting Crystal Springs on Tuesday.
The Gators (6-7, 1-0), who reached the Central Coast Section Division V championship game last year, received 23 points from Katie Fearon and another 10 from Claire Pisani.
Elle Lessing scored twice and host Sacred Heart Prep beat Castilleja, 2-1, in a nonleague game Tuesday.
The Gators (5-1-3) travel to Priory for the WBAL opener at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Menlo-Atherton fell to visiting Carlmont, 2-1, in the Peninsula Athletic League opener on Tuesday. The Bears (2-6-1, 0-1) look to claw back at Aragon on Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. PAL match.
The Dons beat host Woodside, 2-1, in their opener Tuesday. Aragon goalie Ava Belzer recorded seven saves on the day.
Woodside (4-5-1, 1-1) hosts Terra Nova for a 6 p.m. contest Thursday.
In a WBAL Skyline Division match, Pinewood fell to visiting Harker, 6-0. The Panthers (1-5, 0-1) travel to Del Monte Park in San Jose for a 3:30 p.m. league contest Thursday against Notre Dame San Jose.
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