Ryan Purpur scored 15 of his team-high 19 points in the second half, helping the Palo Alto boys basketball team rally from a halftime deficit to beat visiting Milpitas 58-47 and remain unbeaten in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division play Wednesday night.
Matt Marzano added 15 points for the Vikings (13-4, 5-0), who travel to play Los Altos (16-1, 5-0) at 7:45 p.m. Friday night with first place at stake. The Eagles beat Los Gatos 62-38 Wednesday. Los Altos has won 13 straight since its only loss of the season, a 6-point setback to De Anza-El Sobrante on the road in early December.
Palo Alto has won six straight and nine of 10. The Vikings are 8-3 away from Paly.
Milpitas (9-8, 1-4) led 17-10 at one point in the second quarter but Paly was able to close within 24-21 at halftime. Junior Simon Minami scored five of his nine points in the second quarter.
Missing two starters and a key sub, the Vikings also got big contributions from Jamir Shepard, Will D'Andre, Jack Elarde and Elijah Steiner, who combined to score another 15 points. Paly was 8-of-9 from the foul line in the final quarter.
Junior Aidan Rausch will likely be available for Friday's game but senior point guard Conner Lusk and 6-foot-6 Martin Segura are out.
Peninsula Athletic League South Division leader Menlo-Atherton maintained its unblemished league record with a 78-36 victory over host Aragon. The Bears (14-3, 5-0) take a 10-game winning streak into its home game against Woodside at 7:45 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats (11-5, 2-3) lost to host San Mateo 57-47 in another PAL game Wednesday.
In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep kept itself in the title picture with an 83-26 victory over visiting Crystal Springs Uplands as Aidan Braccia scored 17 points, one of five Gators who reached double figures in scoring.
SHP (11-3, 5-1) travels to play Priory (12-4, 5-1) at 6:30 p.m. Friday in a key game. The winner can still control its own destiny in the league as both are a game behind Menlo with the second half of the league season remaining to be played.
Aidan Burke scored 15 points for the Gators, followed by Jai Deshpande with 15, Harrison Carrington with 12 and Charlie Selna with 11.
In a non-league game, Pinewood downed visiting Summit Prep 77-53. Pinewood (10-6, 3-4) travels to play Eastside Prep (11-4, 2-4) at 5 p.m. Friday.
Woodside downed visiting San Mateo 58-32 in a PAL South Division contest on Wednesday. The Wildcats (11-4, 2-3) travel to play Menlo-Atherton at 6:15 p.m. Friday.
The WBAL contest between Menlo School and Eastside Prep was postponed.