Matt Marzano scored seven of his team-high 13 points in a decisive second quarter that put host Palo Alto in charge of its 49-35 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division boys basketball victory over Los Gatos on Wednesday.
Ryan Purpur added 11 points for the Vikings (15-4, 7-0), who maintained a one-game edge over second-place Los Altos. The Eagles beat host Homestead 56-34. Third-place Mountain View also won, handing Cupertino a 48-45 setback.
Palo Alto, which has won eight straight and 11 of 12, has a bye Friday. Los Altos (17-2, 6-1) hosts Milpitas and Mountain View plays at Los Gatos.
The Vikings, still playing without a couple of key players, have five games remaining in the regular season, including next Wednesday's 7 p.m. game at Mountain View. Paly is on the road for three of its final five games.
The second-quarter rally, in which Paly outscored Los Gatos 19-6, featured all three of the Vikings 3-pointers, one each from Marzano, Will D'Andre and Simon Minami.
Los Gatos senior guard Corey Brown produced a game-high 18 points, 10 in the fourth quarter.
In the Peninsula Athletic League South Division, Menlo-Atherton had no problem with visiting San Mateo, beating the Bearcats 78-25, reaching 500 points in seven league games, an average of 71.4 per game.
The Bears (16-3, 7-0) are also the top defensive team in the division, allowing an average of 33.9. Their 12-game winning streak takes on a whole new meaning.
M-A hosts Carlmont (8-11, 3-4) at 7:45 p.m. Friday. There's not much breathing room for the Bears, who own a one-game lead over Hillsdale, the league's second-best scoring defense at 45.8. M-A's only game against the Knights (14-5, 6-1) is at Hillsdale next Wednesday.
Woodside took an early lead and held on to beat Capuchino 52-46 as Luke Buddie scored 14 points, collected nine rebounds and added four assists.
The Wildcats (13-6, 3-4), closing in on their first winning season in eight years, travel to play rival Sequoia at 7:45 p.m.
Calvin Kapral added 11 points and seven rebounds and Isaiah Minor had 11 points for Woodside.
Alyssa Faberowski and Malia Latu each scored 12 points to help Menlo-Atherton take care of host San Mateo 61-20 in a PAL South Division contest Wednesday.
Nicolette Yeh added 10 points for the Bears (11-8, 6-1), who host Carlmont at 6:15 p.m. Friday. Rachel Benedick added nine points and Catharine Chai had eight.
M-A and Aragon, which plays San Mateo on Friday, remain tied for the league lead. Carlmont is one of three teams tied for third place, two games back.
Woodside lost at Capuchino 65-49 in another PAL contest. The Wildcats (12-6, 2-5) play at Sequoia on Friday at 6:15 p.m.
In the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division, Castilleja beat host Notre Dame San Jose 40-27.
Sammy Wong scored 15 points to lead Castilleja (5-11, 2-3), which hosts The King's Academy at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Natalie Chen added 11 points.
Junior Valentina Ross scored 13 points to lead Menlo past host Eastside Prep in a WBAL Foothill Division contest. Tejal Gupta and Coco Layton each added 10 points for the Knights, who travel to play Pinewood at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Lauryn Williams scored nine points for the Panthers.