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Menlo, SHP boys win close hoops games; Priory girls romp

Menlo School beats Paly; Sacred Heart Prep tops Carlmont in soccer

Cole Kastner scored 12 points and had 13 rebounds in helping Menlo School beat host Burlingame 38-36 in the championship of the Burlingame Lions Club boys basketball tournament Friday.

Kastner was named the tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Davis Mead and sophomore Garret Keyhani.

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Kastner completed a three-point play and the Knights (3-1) led 34-29 with just over a minute remaining to play. Burlingame (7-2) drew within two with 33 seconds left.

Keyhani, who finished with 10 points and three blocks, sank a pair of free throws and after the Panthers missed a shot and putback attempt, Kastner grabbed the rebound to seal the win.

"We just talked about being disciplined," Kastner said. "You never want to slip up so we just wanted to make sure we had our hands up on shooters and make sure we're watching off the back door, their go-to play.

"I think it's starting to come together," Kastner said. "It's really early in the season and people are starting to get big shots. What's awesome about this team is everyone genuinely loves each other, and wants to get better,and we're starting to see that more and more in practice, people pushing each other. I think this tournament proved we can all play together and the sky's the limit for us."

Joe Foley and Ty Corley, who were on the last Menlo team to win the Burlingame tournament, were in attendance.

Menlo travels to play St. Ignatius Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.

Sacred Heart Prep beat the Wildcats (2-3) in a non-league game 63-62 Friday when Charlie Selna made one of two free throws on one end of the court and then blocked a last-second shot at the other end to preserve the win.

Selna finished with 14 points, five in the final quarter, for the Gators (4-1), who travel to play Jefferson (3-3) at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

St. Ignatius hit a 3-pointer to open a 58-53 advantage with 3:39 remaining to play. SHP scored the next nine points to open a 62-58 edge with less than two minutes left.

Jai Deshpande, who finished with a team-high 17 points, grabbed an offensive rebound and drove in for a layup, Emmer Nichols hit a 3-pointer to tie it and Selna and James Pleasants each baskets.

The Wildcats came back to knot things at 62 with 34 seconds left. Selna was fouled with 17 seconds remaining, He missed his first attempt and then nailed his second.

Three timeouts and 16 seconds later, Selna blocked a layup attempt in the final second.

Aidan Braccia (12 points) recorded a couple of key defensive steals and both Nichols and Paul Barton came up with key rebounds during the hectic fourth tournament.

Girls basketball

Aniyah Augmon had 20 points, nine steals and four rebounds to help Priory beat Sequoia 55-28 in the semifinals of the Santa Clara Tournament on Friday.

Annabelle North added 11 points, three steals and four rebounds for the Panthers (4-1), who meet San Benito (6-0) in Saturday's championship. The Haybalers beat Monta Vista to advance.

Eastside Prep (3-4) topped host Santa Clara 62-32 i9n a consolation game and will play for the consolation championship on Saturday.

Sacred Heart Prep's second-half rally fell short in a 70-65 loss to Valley Christian in the semifinals of The King's Academy Tournament on Friday.

Charlotte Levison scored 17 points to lead the Gators (4-2), who play in the third-place game at 1 p.m. Saturday against Leigh (2-4). Aragon and Valley Christian meet for the title.

Grace Florendo added 15 points, all on 3-pointers, Kennedy Anderson added 11, Megan Norris had 10 and Denise Stine scored nine.

Boys soccer

Junior Christian Corcoran scored both goals and Menlo School downed host Palo Alto 2-0 in a non-league match Friday.

Adam Kasser recorded his second shutout of the season for the Knights (3-0-1), who play again next Friday against host University as part of the Winter Invitational at Beach Chalet in San Francisco.

Seniors Xander Stabile and Kripa Dharan and juniors Jason Bloom, Alex Konas and Luke Appel were part of a solid defensive unit that kept the Vikings (0-2-2) out of the goal.

Corcoran scored midway through the first half on a header, assisted by senior Alex Morgan. He scored again in the second half on a breakaway after taking a through ball from senior Aaron Morgan.

“We have a very challenging preseason schedule, to be 3-0-1 at this point is a huge testament to the hard-working attitude this team has adopted,” Menlo coach Marc Kerrest said. “If we keep working hard, competing and improving at this rate we have a fun season ahead of us.”

Sacred Heart Prep topped host Carlmont 2-0 in another non-league contest Friday as Alex Moretti and Liam Johnson each scored goals. Ethan Veghte and Kyle Nilsson had the assists.

The Gators (4-0-1) return to action at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 4 at Branham in San Jose.

— Palo Alto Sports Online

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