"It's really an important win,'' said Gunn point guard Eli Russo, who helped along the overtime outburst with 11 of his 15 points. "We had goals set before the season of making CCS and going far in CCS. We're committed to that goal. To have a high seed we need to win the El Camino league.''
The Titans, on a four-game winning streak, can take a step closer to that goal when they travel to play at Fremont at 8 p.m. Friday.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto holds a two-game lead over Los Gatos with five games left on the regular-season schedule.
The Vikings (17-2, 7-0) won their 15th straight Wednesday, earning a 63-41 victory over host Los Altos. They host Wilcox at 7:45 p.m.
In the West Bay Athletic League, Menlo School (17-1, 9-0) took an 11-game winning streak and a one-game advantage into Thursday night's rival game with visiting Sacred Heart (10-9, 8-1). Priory (12-7, 5-4) is in third place.
In the Peninsula Athletic League South Division. Menlo-Atherton (12-8, 5-3) beat Capuchino 71-43 Wednesday to remain in third place behind Sequoia and Mills. The Bears host Carlmont at 7:45 p.m. Friday.
For a while, Gunn's hold on first place looked tenuous.
Lynbrook (10-10, 5-3) had an 18-16 lead at halftime and got hot in the third quarter, scoring on seven of eight possessions in one stretch to open its lead to nine at 37-28.
Brendan Mora, who led Gunn with 17 points, responded with two free throws and a 3-pointer to bring Gunn closer at 37-33 by the end of the quarter.
The Titans needed Lynbrook to cool off and got their wish as the Vikings went eight consecutive possessions without scoring and managed only four points in the fourth quarter.
The only problem was that Gunn was having difficulty getting the ball to drop through the hoop as well. The Titans, with a height advantage on the front line, rallied by scoring all three of their fourth-quarter field goals on offensive rebounds off second or third shots, two by Evan Dray and one by Mora.
Two free throws by Will Roth gave Gunn a 41-40 lead with 1:39 left, Gunn's first lead since being up 14-12 in the second quarter. Lynbrook tied it on a foul shot by Andrew Destin with 17 seconds left.
Gunn jumped all over the Vikings in overtime. Russo scored on a drive, Dray on a three-point play and Russo on another drive to make it 48-41 with 2:31 left. Lynbrook was forced to foul and Gunn went 10 of 14 at the line in the extra period to stay comfortably ahead.
"That was a tough one,'' Gunn coach Brandynn Williams said. "Any Given Sunday, you never know what you're getting with high school kids. I'm thankful we found a way to win.''
Palo Alto's Max Dorward led all scorers with 20 points in the win over the Eagles. He also grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists.
Spencer Rojahn scored 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Bryant Jefferson added 11 points.
Eric DeBrine scored 20 points and Sacred Heart Prep beat host Pinewood 52-35 in a WBAL contest Thursday, setting up a showdown for a share of first place on Thursday at Menlo at 7:30 p.m.
DeBrine, Yianni Gardner, Ryan Von Thaden and Jack Moe each hit a 3-pointer for the Gators (10-9, 8-1), who are above .500 for the first time all season.
Cache Fields scored 19 points to lead Pinewood (10-8, 4-5), which hosts Crystal Springs Uplands at 5 p.m. Friday.
Pinewood (18-1, 6-0) and Eastside Prep (16-4, 5-1) are two of the top teams in the Central Coast Section regardless of division and the two will meet Friday night in Los Altos Hills for a 7 p.m. West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division game Friday.
Pinewood brings a 14-game wining streak to the contest and Eastside has won 12 of 13, with the lone loss to Pinewood, which has won 48 consecutive regular-season games in league play, a streak that dates to a Feb. 5, 2013 loss to Eastside.
Carly McLanahan scored 22 points, which included six 3-pointers, and Greer Hoyem added 19 as Menlo-Atherton maintained its unbeaten status in the Peninsula Athletic League's South Division with a 67-33 win over host Capuchino on Wednesday.
Oron Estes and Erica Fischer combined for another 15 points for the Bears (14-6, 8-0), who host Carlmont at 6:15 p.m. Friday. It's M-A's final home game and the team will honor its seniors.
M-A extended its PAL South Division winning streak to 41, which dates to 2015.
SCVAL De Anza Division leader Palo Alto (13-5, 7-0) hosts second-place Wilcox (14-6, 6-2) at 6:15 p.m. Friday in an important game.
In the WBAL Skyline Division, Castilleja rallied form a deficit to beat Mercy-Burlingame, 48-47, at the College of San Mateo.
Niki Chen and Sammy Wong each scored 13 points for the Gators (8-11, 4-3), who outscored Mercy, 11-4, in the fourth quarter. Anna DeVitis and Jordan Yau combined for another 15 points.
Castilleja travels to Harker for a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday.
Palo Alto (10-2-1, 6-0-1) is in excellent shape in the SCVAL De Anza Division. The Vikings beat visiting Los Altos 4-0 Wednesday with Ally Scheve recording two assists and Venus Sandoval adding a goal and an assist.
Paly, which travels to play Santa Clara at 6 p.m. Friday, controls its own destiny. The most important league game of the season will be Feb. 14 against Mountain View (15-1, 7-1).
Gunn (7-5-3, 6-2) hosts Fremont (10-2-3, 6-0-1) at 5:30 p.m. Friday in a match that will likely determine the SCVAL El Camino Division title. The Titans are coming off a 3-1 victory over Lynbrook.
Menlo (4-8-2, 3-1-1) has a chance to move into a first-place tie with Notre Dame-Belmont (10-3-1, 4-1-1) in the WBAL Foothill Division when the two teams meet in Belmont at 2:45 p.m. Friday.
Sacred Heart Prep (4-10-1, 3-2-1) can also move up with a win against visiting The King's Academy on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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