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Late dramatics propel Mtn. View to rivalry win over Los Altos

Mountain View rallied past Los Altos in SCVAL De Anza League boys basketball on Tuesday. Photo taken Jan. 18, 2022 by Rick Eymer.

There’s a reason Joe Brown is a star athlete at Mountain View, delivering at key moments with a flair for the dramatic.

The 6-foot-4 Brown hit an improbable 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining that held up as the game-winner in Mountain View’s 48-47 victory over Santa Clara Valley Athletic League rival Los Altos on Tuesday night.

Joe Brown

“Joe saved us,” Spartans’ coach Kevin Mack said. “He was amazing. He makes big shots and has the length and size to get a shot off.”

Brown, who finished with a game-high 19 points, needed his supporting cast. If it weren’t for pure hustle plays made by guys like William Van Zuylen, Patrick Kane and Jack Pillsbury, Brown may never have gotten the chance at his game winner.

“You always try to get him the ball,” said Van Zuylen, who recovered a loose ball moments before Brown hit his basket. “He just came up big. He’s our MVP.”

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Van Zuylen contributed a few big plays, blocking a Los Altos shot with less than four seconds remaining. He also hit a key free throw late in the fourth quarter and hit a basket at the end of the third quarter that put Mountain View ahead.

“The big thing is everybody knows their roles,” Mack said. “They scrap for loose balls and they defend.”

The 6-5 Kane came up with important rebounds throughout the game but most noticeably in the fourth, grabbing a rebound after a missed Spartan free throw and getting his hands on the ball after Van Zuylen’s block.

Pillsbury, who scored eight points, made contributions on both ends of the court and converted an offensive rebound just after Los Altos had taken a 44-42 lead on Andrew Reilly’s driving layup and ensuing free throw.

These teams know each other almost as well as they know their teammates. During the offseason, you can walk into the YMCA gym and see them playing together.

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“Everybody knows each other from middle school too,” Van Zuylen said. “We’re friends except when we play each other.”

Brown said he enjoyed playing against friends.

“I’ve either played with or against 90% of them,” he said. “It feels good to be playing friends.”

Brown, also a favorite target of MV football quarterback Jackson Steffen, says he loves jumping up and catching touchdown passes but he’d rather continue playing basketball.

Brown didn’t hesitate once he had the ball in his hands, twisting slightly to square up and releasing the ball in one, smooth motion.

“I was just feeling it,” he said. “I haven’t been shooting the 3s well this season, probably under 30%. I came to the gym feeling good today.”

Joey Pier added 11 points for Mountain View (11-4, 3-0), which plays at home Thursday against Homestead. Pier made a basket sandwiched by a pair of Brown 3s to open the second half, erasing a Los Altos (11-3, 3-1) halftime advantage.

Jake Skaggs, who finished with a team-best 15 points, revitalized Los Altos after Mountain View entered the final quarter with a slight lead. He drove for a basket at one end and then stole the ball and feed Zach Fagin for a basket.

That led to Reilly’s (he scored 13) go-ahead points and a final four minutes of a highlight-reel worthy contest.

Palo Alto 59, Homestead 49

Jackson Martin scored 16 points to lead the Vikings. In his second start, Martin hit four 3-pointers, all in the first half, as Paly (8-5, 1-1) overcame an early deficit.

Matt Corrigan added 12 points for Palo Alto, which was 8-of-10 from the foul line in the final quarter.

Gunn 71, Monta Vista 64

The Titans earned an important victory over Monta Vista, which entered the game with a 3-0 El Camino Division record.

Rogan Gibbons scored 23 points, had eight rebounds and dished six assists for Gunn, which led throughout but had to hold off several runs by Monta Vista.

Ethan Kitch hit a key 3-pointer and four free throws to close out the game. He finished with 12 points while Allen Rankin added 11.

Gunn (11-4, 2-2) play on the road Friday at Saratoga at 7:45 p.m.

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Late dramatics propel Mtn. View to rivalry win over Los Altos

by / Palo Alto Online

Uploaded: Wed, Jan 19, 2022, 11:42 am

There’s a reason Joe Brown is a star athlete at Mountain View, delivering at key moments with a flair for the dramatic.

The 6-foot-4 Brown hit an improbable 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining that held up as the game-winner in Mountain View’s 48-47 victory over Santa Clara Valley Athletic League rival Los Altos on Tuesday night.

“Joe saved us,” Spartans’ coach Kevin Mack said. “He was amazing. He makes big shots and has the length and size to get a shot off.”

Brown, who finished with a game-high 19 points, needed his supporting cast. If it weren’t for pure hustle plays made by guys like William Van Zuylen, Patrick Kane and Jack Pillsbury, Brown may never have gotten the chance at his game winner.

“You always try to get him the ball,” said Van Zuylen, who recovered a loose ball moments before Brown hit his basket. “He just came up big. He’s our MVP.”

Van Zuylen contributed a few big plays, blocking a Los Altos shot with less than four seconds remaining. He also hit a key free throw late in the fourth quarter and hit a basket at the end of the third quarter that put Mountain View ahead.

“The big thing is everybody knows their roles,” Mack said. “They scrap for loose balls and they defend.”

The 6-5 Kane came up with important rebounds throughout the game but most noticeably in the fourth, grabbing a rebound after a missed Spartan free throw and getting his hands on the ball after Van Zuylen’s block.

Pillsbury, who scored eight points, made contributions on both ends of the court and converted an offensive rebound just after Los Altos had taken a 44-42 lead on Andrew Reilly’s driving layup and ensuing free throw.

These teams know each other almost as well as they know their teammates. During the offseason, you can walk into the YMCA gym and see them playing together.

“Everybody knows each other from middle school too,” Van Zuylen said. “We’re friends except when we play each other.”

Brown said he enjoyed playing against friends.

“I’ve either played with or against 90% of them,” he said. “It feels good to be playing friends.”

Brown, also a favorite target of MV football quarterback Jackson Steffen, says he loves jumping up and catching touchdown passes but he’d rather continue playing basketball.

Brown didn’t hesitate once he had the ball in his hands, twisting slightly to square up and releasing the ball in one, smooth motion.

“I was just feeling it,” he said. “I haven’t been shooting the 3s well this season, probably under 30%. I came to the gym feeling good today.”

Joey Pier added 11 points for Mountain View (11-4, 3-0), which plays at home Thursday against Homestead. Pier made a basket sandwiched by a pair of Brown 3s to open the second half, erasing a Los Altos (11-3, 3-1) halftime advantage.

Jake Skaggs, who finished with a team-best 15 points, revitalized Los Altos after Mountain View entered the final quarter with a slight lead. He drove for a basket at one end and then stole the ball and feed Zach Fagin for a basket.

That led to Reilly’s (he scored 13) go-ahead points and a final four minutes of a highlight-reel worthy contest.

Palo Alto 59, Homestead 49

Jackson Martin scored 16 points to lead the Vikings. In his second start, Martin hit four 3-pointers, all in the first half, as Paly (8-5, 1-1) overcame an early deficit.

Matt Corrigan added 12 points for Palo Alto, which was 8-of-10 from the foul line in the final quarter.

Gunn 71, Monta Vista 64

The Titans earned an important victory over Monta Vista, which entered the game with a 3-0 El Camino Division record.

Rogan Gibbons scored 23 points, had eight rebounds and dished six assists for Gunn, which led throughout but had to hold off several runs by Monta Vista.

Ethan Kitch hit a key 3-pointer and four free throws to close out the game. He finished with 12 points while Allen Rankin added 11.

Gunn (11-4, 2-2) play on the road Friday at Saratoga at 7:45 p.m.

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