Matt Marzano went for 21 points and Palo Alto beat visiting Mountain View 55-42 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division boys basketball contest on Wednesday.
The win kept Palo Alto (10-4, 3-0) in a first place tie with Los Altos (14-1, 3-0) entering a key game against host Homestead (10-5, 2-1) at 7:45 p.;m. Friday. Los Altos hosts Cupertino.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn earned a 44-42 win over visiting Lynbrook. The Titans (7-7, 3-1) have a league bye Friday and host Palo Alto on Saturday in a joint, unified benefit night for The Gunn Foundation and for Paly's Rise Together Education. Both organizations work to make college possible for PAUSD’s low-income, high-achieving students.
Ryan Purpur added 12 points for Palo Alto, which has won six of its last seven games since losing in the opening round of the St. Francis Classic in December. The Vikings only loss during that stretch was a non-league game to Menlo-Atherton two weeks ago.
Menlo-Atherton remained undefeated in Peninsula Athletic League play with a dominant 80-37 victory over host Capuchino on Wednesday. Thirteen of the 14 players who saw the court scored as the Bears (12-3, 3-0) raced to an early lead and never slowed down.
Skyler Thomas recorded his best offensive game in a M-A basketball uniform, scoring 20 points on 90% (9-of-10) shooting. He, along with the other four starters, did not appear in the fourth quarter.
JD Carson came off the bench to scored 15 points, hitting 6 of 7 shots, including all five of his two-point tries. He also added a team-high five steals as Capuchino committed 22 turnovers to M-A's nine. Spencer Lin added 10 points. Trevor Wargo filled up the stat sheet with six points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals.
M-A hosts Sequoia (5-8, 3-0) at 7:45 p.m. Friday.
Woodside survived a slow tempo to beat visiting Mills 36-29 in another PAL game. Isaiah Minor scored 11 points and Dylan Barnwell added 10 for the Wildcats (11-2, 2-1), who host Carlmont at 7:45 p.m. Friday.
Alyssa Faberowski scored 17 points and Menlo-Atherton turned a nail-biter into a rout with a succession of 3-pointers and made free throws, which included a double technical foul and an ejection, that made up a 20-0 run in the second half in a 58-39 victory over visiting Capuchino.
Malia Latu added 12 points for M-A (7-7, 3-0), which meets visiting Sequoia at 6:15 p.m. Friday. Catharine Chai had 11 points.
Capuchino closed to within 26-24 with just under five minutes to play in the third quarter when Nicolette Yeh hit a 3-pointer. Faberowski hit two straight and Chai made it four in a row as M-A pulled ahead 38-24.
That's when the Mustangs coach was slapped with a double technical foul and ejected from the gymnasium. Faberowski hit all four free throws, followed by another Chai 3-pointer. Linnea Lindblom sank one of two free throws to make it a 20-0 run as Cap went nearly 10 minutes without scoring.
Five different M-A players combined for 10 3-pointers. In addition to Yeh, Chai and Faberowski, Mel Voss and Fiona Ralston also hit from long range.
Also in the PAL, Woodside lost to Mills 60-44.