Sacred Heart Prep needed overtime. Gunn needed a big fourth quarter. Both teams took advantage of their opportunities to reach the quarterfinal round of their respective Central Coast Section Divisions, the Gators in Division IV and the Titans in Division II.
In all, seven local boys teams will be appearing in six games Saturday, five of them from the West Bay Athletic League and two from the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League. Read the story here.
Sacred Heart Prep, seeded ninth, beat host San Lorenzo Valley, 77-68, to reach the quarterfinal round. The Gators (12-13) play top-seeded Half Moon Bay (19-7) on Saturday at Hartnell College-Salinas at 6:15 p.m.
Third-seeded Menlo School (16-7) plays No. 6 Carmel, also at Hartnell, at 4:30 p.m.
Eric DeBrine, who finished with a game-high 25 points, hit a 3-pointer to give Sacred Heart Prep a 63-60 edge with about 45 seconds left in regulation but the Cougars tied it and had a chance at the buzzer.
Seniors Tevin Panchal and Kyle Stalder took over in the extra period, scoring seven of his 21 points in the period to lift the Gators.
"It was nice to see the only two seniors that we have, play like they did not want their high school careers to end," Sacred Heart Prep coach Tony Martinelli said.
Panchal hit a big 3-pointer, finished a layup in traffic and made both of his fouls shots. Stalder, who added 13 points, was a beast on defense and dominated the boards in overtime. He recorded a key steal; and got an assist on Panchal's 3-pointer.
Against its next set of Cougars, Sacred Heart Prep may remember (and Stalder certainly remembers) that Half Moon Bay knocked the Gators out of the CCS football playoffs in the fall.
The 12th-seeded Titans (14-11) traveled to Daly City to take on No. 5 Westmoor and needed a big fourth-quarter to earn a 56-53 win over the Rams.
Gunn outscored Westmoor, 22-14, in the final period. Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich recorded a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds to drive the Titans. Tim Sun added 16 points.
Gunn meets No. 4 Santa Clara, which finished third in the SCVAL El Camino Division. The Bruins beat Westmoor, 53-51, at home during the Christmas break.
Santa Clara and Gunn have four common opponents in Westmoor, Hillsdale, Saratoga and Lynbrook. The Titans lost only to the Falcons, while Santa Clara split a pair of league games against both Lynbrook and Saratoga. The Bruins lost to Hillsdale by 15.
Jagos Jovanovic leads Santa Clara, averaging a double-double with 14.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
Shafer Kraemer collected three hits but Sacred Heart Prep fell, 8-2, to visiting Aragon in a nonleague game Thursday.
Reece Lindquist and Jack Molumphy drove in runs for the Gators (1-2), who host Menlo i a nonleague at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
In a game played Wednesday, SH Prep lost to Mountain View, 7-4.
Menlo opened its season with a 6-1 win over visiting Woodside in a nonleague game at home Wednesday.
Senior Griff McGarry, who has signed to play at Virginia, threw four no-hit innings and struck out eight for the win. Senior Chandler Yu, who is set to play for University of Chicago next year, doubled twice while sophomore Justin Nam posted a pair of doubles.
The Knights got two hits each from Haverford-bound catcher Ben Somorjai, Landon Smith, and Max Chou.
The Menlo-Atherton boys varsity lacrosse team opened their season with a 5-1 win over St. Francis on Wednesday night.
Cooper Waymire was outstanding in goal, recording a dozen saves, many at point blank range.
Trevor Brinton had three goals and an assist while Joey Lohmann and Jack Hansen each had one goal. Nikolai Ambwani had an overall outstanding game.
Palo Alto beat visiting Aragon, 6-1, in a nonleague match Wednesday as the doubles team of Jerry Hong and Dylan Dolley rebounded from a first-set loss to win, 3-6, 6-2, 10-3.
No. 2 singles player Noah Gazpor beat his opponent, 7-6, 6-3.