The opportunity is at hand for the Pinewood boys' basketball team to avenge a pair of losses to Sacred Heart Prep last season while taking early control of the West Bay Athletic League race.
For Sacred Heart Prep, it will be a chance for the Gators to continue their mastery over the Panthers while grabbing the upper hand in the WBAL this season.
Those opportunities will be on the line Tuesday night when Sacred Heart Prep (2-0, 10-2) hosts Pinewood (3-0, 11-2) in an early league showdown at 7:30 p.m. Both teams set up the key game with solid wins on Friday night.
With senior Reed McConnell tossing in a game-high 22 points, Sacred Heart Prep maintained a share of first place with a 63-46 victory over visiting King's Academy. on Friday night. Will McConnell added 14 points for SHP while Tomas O'Donnell finished with a season-high 13 for the Gators, who grabbed a 39-22 halftime lead.
In Los Altos Hills, juniors Cameron Helvey and Solomone Wolfgramm led Pinewood to its third WBAL victory in four days as both tossed in 23 points in a 78-59 victory over visiting Crystal Springs. Helvey added 12 rebounds and four assists for the Panthers (3-0, 11-2) while Wolfgramm had 11 rebounds and five assists. Helvey's cousin, senior Kyle Riches, chipped in nine second-half points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Pinewood led Crystal Springs by only 42-39 in the first half, but held Crystal Springs to 20 percent shooting and 20 points while turning the ball over just one time in the second half while remaining atop the WBAL with Sacred Heart Prep.
In Portola Valley, 6-foot-8 Gabor Somogyi led the way as host Priory pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 45-27 victory over visiting Eastside Prep in WBAL action Friday. Somogyi scored 14 points with 15 rebounds, two blocks, two assists and four steals as the Panthers improved to 1-1 (7-3). Brandon Willhite added 15 points for Priory, which took a 24-18 lead into the fourth period. Leslie Gray tallied 12 points for Eastside Prep (0-3, 5-8).
In Atherton, Menlo School dropped out of an early tie for first place in the WBAL following a 51-47 loss to visiting Harker on Friday night. The Knights (1-1, 5-6) now trail Pinewood and Sacred Heart Prep. Mac Osborne did his best to keep Menlo on top with 17 points and five rebounds, while teammate Richard Harris added seven points and 11 rebounds with Will Miller adding six rebounds.
In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep's perfect season came to an end with a 45-33 nonleague loss to visiting Notre Dame-San Jose on Friday night. The Gators (7-1) fell behind by 10 in the opening quarter and made things even more difficult for themselves by missing 11 free throws. Melissa Holland led SHP with 10 points.
In another nonleague game, Tennyson Jellins and Sela Tupou each scored 14 points as host Menlo-Atherton (4-10) held off visiting Carlmont on Friday.
Sacred Heart Prep received only its first challenge of the season while registering a 2-1 victory over visiting Harker in a West Bay Athletic League match on Friday. The Gators (2-0, 7-0) grabbed a 2-0 first-half lead on a pair of goals by Joseph Bolous, but were held scoreless in the second half while Harker tallied in the 20th minute to make things close. SHP has allowed only four goals this season while scoring 34.
In another WBAL match, Menlo School edged visiting Eastside Prep, 2-1.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton (1-0-1, 3-1-2) battled visiting Sequoia to a 1-1 draw.