Junior guard Ben Winer scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds but the Kehillah Jewish boys basketball team dropped a 49-39 decision to host Nueva in a Private Schools Athletic League contest Monday.
Kehillah's girls team didn't fare any better, falling to the Mavericks, 49-9, in PSAL action.
Nueva's sparkling new facility stands above all others. That's because it's on the second floor and the floor has some bounce to it. Not as pronounced as the old Stanford court but definitely noticeable.
In the boys game, Noah Engel hit a short jumper with 5:11 to play, giving the Rams a 39-38 edge.
Nueva, led by Los Altos Hills resident Kyle McGraw, scored the game's final 11 points to remain unbeaten.
McGraw finished with 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Kehillah appears to be on the right track. Although the Rams are looking for their first winning season since 2008-09, they're playing hard and listening to coach Ed Campbell, a long-time hoops coach who has them running sets out of a college playbook.
The Rams have a group of players who have had competitive experience, though most of the team seems to have picked up the game in high school.
It was a pleasure to watch both coaches, Campbell and Nueva's Chris Brandin. They appeared knowledgeable and seemed to understand the level they were teaching.
No mistake was criticized and they were supportive at every opportunity, good or bad.
The same was true for Kehillah girls coach Ramon Quintana, who found something positive in what might have been a frustrating situation.
He helped keep things in perspective even as the game spiraled out of control and the team appeared to accept the results with good humor and high spirits.
It was painfully obvious most of them were just beginning to learn about the game. They thankfully accepted advice from coaches and teammates alike.
The shooting percentage was likely in the .085 to .100 range and there were more turnovers than shots.
Senior Lauren Kelmar, easily the most experienced player on the team, scored seven of the team's nine points.
Kehillah Jewish hosts Alma Heights Christian on Tuesday, with the girls game at 3:30 p.m. and the boys game at 5 p.m.