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SHP, Menlo remain unbeaten in WBAL boys basketball play

Diatta scores 20 points and Priory girls win their WBAL opener

Charlie Selna scored a career-high 21 points and Sacred Heart Prep beat host The King's Academy 71-59 to keep pace with Menlo School atop the West Bay Athletic League boys basketball standings.

The Knights downed visiting Pinewood 64-20 as Daniel Solomon scored 11 points. David Ajanaku-Makun scored 29 points and Priory beat visiting Eastside Prep 47-42 to remain a game back of the co-leaders. The Panthers (9-4, 2-1) host Harker at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

David Ajanku-Makun

Calvin Kapral

Dominique Robson
Selna reached double figures in scoring four times last year. He's reached double figures in all 10 games this season. In addition to being the second-leading scorer behind Jai Deshpande (16.3), Selna averages a team-best 9.2 rebounds.

Junior Harrison Carrington scored a career-best 12 points for the Gators (8-2, 3-0), who host Pinewood (8-4, 1-2) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Carrington has scored 37 points over his past five games after scoring a total of five over his first five games. Aidan Braccia also scored 12 for SHP, which has won eight of its last nine.

The Knights (10-3, 3-0) held Pinewood scoreless in the first quarter and then opened a 44-6 edge by halftime. Senior Cole Kastner grabbed eight rebounds and senior Justin Sellers added seven. Menlo travels to play Eastside at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

In non-league action, host Menlo-Atherton overcame a sluggish start to beat Liberty 79-60 and Palo Alto used a strong third quarter to down visiting Woodside 47-42.

Nick Tripaldi scored 17 points, one of five Bears to reach double figures against Liberty. JD Carson added 12, Justin Anderson had 11 and Skyler Thomas and Spencer Lin each scored 10.

Liberty took a 12-6 lead three minutes into the contest before Anderson scored six straight points to spark a 13-0 run to finish the opening frame. M-A extended the run to 22-2 into the second quarter and took a 37-20 advantage at halftime.

The Bears (10-3), who host Capuchino at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a PAL South Division game, eventually allowed Liberty (8-6) to draw within eight points at 47-39 during the third quarter. M-A responded with a 15-3 run to open a 20-point advantage into teh final quarter.

Palo Alto (9-4) overcame an early 10-point deficit to beat the Wildcats (10-2), who lost twice in two days after opening the season with 10 consecutive victories.

The Vikings held Woodside to four points ion the third quarter to turn a halftime deficit into a 10-point advantage.

Despite the low-scoring affair, Palo Alto had four players who reached double figures in scoring, led by Ryan Purpur and Matt Marzano each with 12. Connor Lusk had 11 and Aidan Rausch scored 10.

Calvin Kapral scored 12 to lead Woodside and Luke Buddie added 11.

Girls basketball

Priory and Sacred Heart Prep each won its West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division opener Saturday. Dominique Robson scored 18 points on six 3-pointers to lead Priory past Eastside Prep 73-50 and Sacred Heart Prep beat host Notre Dame Belmont 46-24.

Binetta Diatta added 20 points and had a team-high nine rebounds for Priory (8-3, 1-0), which hosts Menlo at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Lala Niu had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Eastside (6-8, 0-1) hosts Sacred Heart Prep at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Castilleja opens its WBAL Skyline Division season at home against The King's Academy. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Sports Online

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