Sacred Heart Prep is not counting on any one person to carry the scoring load and that has resulted in early success for the Gators, who won their third straight, beating host Mountain View 63-46 in a non-league boys basketball game Tuesday.
Jai Deshpande scored 14 points, one of five players to reach double figures, to lead SHP (3-1), which meets St. Ignatius (1-2) for their home opener at 7 p.m. Friday.
Linnea Lindblom/Bob Dahlberg.
The Gators handed Mountain View (4-1) its first loss of the season. The Spartans were 24-5 last season and reached the second round of the Division III Northern California playoffs.
Menlo School and Gunn each won their openers of the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament on Tuesday.
The Knights also shared the scoring load in beating Half Moon Bay 65-61 and the Titans needed a short jumper with eight seconds remaining to play to edge Aragon 62-61.
Menlo (1-1) led throughout though the Cougars pulled to within a basket at the end of the third quarter.
Senior Cole Kastner scored 16 points to lead the Knights while junior Davis Mead added 12 and sophomore Garret Keyhani 11. Senior Justin Sellers contributed nine points for Menlo.
Gunn (2-1) led by as many as 19 points in the first half, mostly due to pinpoint accuracy of Jack Hakeman, who hit seven 3s and finished with 28 points.
Aragon kept chipping away and got a big steal and layup to go ahead 61-60 with 22 seconds remaining to play.
Gunn coach Brandynn Williams called time and set up an offense that led to Gavin Kitch's game-winner.
The Dons (2-4) still had time to score but Gunn's Kaden Holdbrook, who scored 15 points in the contest, blocked the shot attempt to preserve the victory.
The Titans host Pioneer (2-2) in a non-league game at 7 p.m. Wednesday before returning to the Burlingame tournament on Thursday.
Linnea Lindblom and Nicolette Yeh each scored 14 points and Menlo-Atherton downed host Eastside Prep 60-30 in a non-league game on Tuesday.
Catherine Chai added 10 points for the Bears (2-3), who host Washington San Francisco at 6 p.m. Friday.
M-A, facing its former coach Markisha Coleman, never trailed but the Panthers made it interesting at several junctures of the contest.
The Bears opened a 10-point lead later in the first quarter but Eastside Prep battled to within 18-12 before M-A went on a 14-1 run to finish the first half.
Lindblom scored 10 of her points in the third quarter and the Bears sank 10 3-pointers in the contest.
Dee Dee Franklin was the top player for Eastside Prep, which opens the Santa Clara Tournament with a game against San Benito at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Juniors Carly Martin and Elif Turgut scored nine of their combined 22 points in the fourth quarter and Palo Alto held off a late rush from host Aragon to win, 59-51, in a non-league contest Tuesday.
A big second quarter put the Vikings (2-0) in control, though nothing was settled until late against the Dons (1-2), who won the Central Coast Section Division II title last season.
Seven players scored at least six points for Paly, which travels to play Presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Vikings made 11 3-pointers, nine from freshmen Vivian Wu, Delaney Ball, Kaella Peters, Julia Heiden and Itzel Torres.
Castilleja scored the first 12 points of its game against visiting Nueva and eventually opened a big lead en route to a 54-32 win in a non-league contest.
Lauren Sibley scored 15 points to lead the Gators (1-4), who meet Sacred Heart Prep at 3:30 p.m. in the opening round of The King's Academy Tournament on Thursday. Niki Chen added 11 points for Castilleja.