The Priory boys basketball team gave every indication its not going to allow its reign as the West Bay Athletic League champion to end without a fight.
Priory’s 71-55 victory at Harker on Thursday was proof of its intentions. The Panthers (7-7, 3-1) are right on the heels of leader The King’s Academy with plenty of schedule remaining.
A championship rematch with Sacred Heart Prep is right around the corner. With the Gators game against Pinewood on Friday postponed, both teams next game is against each other.
Priory, which appeared in the Central Coast Section Open Division last season, hosts SHP (7-2, 1-0) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
The Panthers are in good shape. moving forward, having played four of their five regularly scheduled contests while both SHP and Menlo have at least two games to reschedule.
The Knights (7-2, 1-0) are scheduled to host Eastside Prep at 6 p.m. Friday. Eastside has had to postpone its last two games.
Priory sprinted out of the gates against Harker, opening a 17-3 advantage after the first quarter and taking a 20-plus point lead into the final period.
Tayo Sobomehin led the outburst, scoring 20 points. He made six of the team’s 14 3-pointers. Rehan Parwani, who matched Clint Smith with 12 points, scored all his points on 3-pointers.
Senior team captain Jack Hecht was one of six wrestlers who pinned their opponents in Thursday’s 56-20 victory over visiting Gunn in a SCVAL El Camino match.
Hecht recorded his pin at 1:19 at 160 pounds, which effectively clinched the match for the Spartans, who are scheduled to compete in the Jim Root Tournament at Prospect on Saturday.
Calvin Conway put the finishing touches on the match, recording a pin in 28 seconds at 220, the last weight class to be contested.
Landon Aikin got things started, with a pin at 3:14 at 106 pounds. Rohan Kumar followed at 113 pounds with a pin atn3:26.
After Nolan Pham and Darren Nhieu recorded major decisions, 132-pounder Brandon Lien pinned his opponent in 2:59 and 138-pounder Zachariah Sadovsky recorded a pin at 1:02.
Gunn earned its first points at 145 pounds, where Justin Lin recorded a pin at 1:10. Ethan Casale followed with a major decision at 152 pounds and Carter Jacquette recorded a decision at 170 pounds.
Carly Gee scored on a feed from Iris O’Connor midway through the second half to help Sacred Heart Prep rally past host Menlo School 2-1 in a West Bay Athletic League match Thursday.
Sasha Bernthal gave Menlo a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, taking a pass from Francesca Prescott.
Megan Sweeney tied the game on a free kick in the second half.
Sacred Heart Prep (5-5-1, 1-0) hosts Notre Dame San Jose at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday while Menlo (5-4, 1-1) travels to Seaside on Saturday.
Former national Gatorade Player of the Year and Menlo grad Sophie Jones, now playing at Duke, made an appearance at the contest.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton (4-3-3,0-0-2) and Hillsdale played to a scoreless tie and Sequoia (7-2-1, 0-1-1) fell to Burlingame 5-0.
Woodside (7-0) had its match against Aragon postponed. The Wildcats have yet to play a league contest having had an earlier game against Hillsdale postponed.
Sharon Nejad and Karen Xin combined for 17 points in Menlo’s 42-29 loss to visiting Notre Dame Belmont in a WBAL contest played Thursday.
The game was tied at 21-all early in the third quarter and Notre Dame went on a 9-1 run to take control of the contest.
The game was played without fans in Menlo’s gym. The stands were not pulled out, giving it the feel of a scrimmage.
The Knights (5-4, 1-1) play at defending CCS champion Pinewood at 5:30 p.m. Friday.