Both the Palo Alto and Los Altos boys basketball teams used extended scoring streaks to earn victories in the second round of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs Saturday.
Fifth-seeded Palo Alto (18-7) used a 27-4 run that began at the start of the second quarter and lasted into the third quarter, to earn a 46-34 victory over Cupertino.
Ryan Lykken led Paly with 16 points.
The Vikings, who have won five straight, travel to play No. 4 Alvarez (21-3) in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round.
Sixth-seeded Los Altos beat Independence 61-51 by finishing the game on a 24-9 run.
The Eagles (19-5) travel to play No. 3 Menlo-Atherton (17-6) in the quarterfinal.
Second-seeded Mountain View (18-6) will entertain No. 7 Silver Creek (18-6) on Tuesday.
Los Altos senior Varun Madabhushi scored 11 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, in the fourth quarter. Senior Jake Skaggs added eight points, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot in the deciding quarter.
Los Altos was down 42-37 early in the fourth quarter when Skaggs grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to spark the rally.
Skaggs driving layup with 3:35 remaining to play tied the game at 47 and Madabhushi followed with his 3-pointer.
Shawn Toney and Zach Fagin also scored in the fourth for the Eagles.
Abbey Lu scored 10 points and No. 5 Los Altos beat No. 12 Mountain View 42-20 in the second round of the CCS Division I tournament Saturday.
Macy Watson and Tara Davari each added eight points for Los Altos (16-8), which plays at No. 4 Santa Teresa (13-5) in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round.
Los Altos led 16-7 at halftime.
In Division IV, Yazmin Baroumond scored in the final minute to lift Sacred Heart Prep past Pacific Grove 42-41 Saturday.
It was SHP’s first postseason win since beating San Leandro in a state NorCal contest on March 3, 2020.
Baroumond’s basket was the fifth lead change of the fourth quarter.
Matlida Tangitau put the Gators (8-14) ahead twice, once with a free throw and again with a 3-pointer.
Kate Garlinghouse scored six points and Sophia Taylor hit a key 3-pointer in the final quarter for SHP, which travels to neighboring rival Menlo School in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round.