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Palo Alto boys basketball team wins its season opener

Matthew Marzano scored 21 points in Palo Alto's 52-37 victory over Carlmont on Monday night. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey.

The Palo Alto boys made the head coaching debut of Jeff LaMere a successful one with a 52-37 victory Monday at Carlmont.

“It’s good to get the first one,’’ LaMere said. “I feel fortunate to go on the road and get a victory. We’re trying to find our identity, have got a lot of guys in new roles. Our kids played real hard, real well defensively. They kept their energy level up throughout the game.’’

Matthew Marzano led the Vikings with 21 points, scoring 15 of his points in the second half. Conner Lusk scored 14.

“‘Marzano did a great job attacking the basket,’’ LaMere said. “He has a very high basketball IQ.’’

Lusk is the team’s primary ball handler.

“But the way we play we don’t really need a point guard,’’ LaMere said. “We have a lot of guys who can handle the ball.’’

LaMere also praised the play of senior guard Will DeAndre.

“DeAndre is a great vocal leader,’’ LaMere said. “He stepped up and led, picked up fullcourt.’’

The Vikings are off until Dec. 13, when they take on host Bellarmine in the DJ Frandsen Tournament.

“That will be a very exciting challenge for us,’’ LaMere said.

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