Jeremiah Testa, who cut his basketball teeth at Serra High in San Mateo, has been coached in the Bud Presley tradition of intense, frantic man defense so it's only fitting that he hit the game-winning shot in Menlo's 90-87 victory over Southern Oregon in the opener of the Bud Presley Classic on Friday.
Testa finished with 17 points for the Oaks (7-2), who play Northwest Christian at 4 p.m. Saturday. Henry Cornelious led Menlo with 20 points.
John Paine recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Charles Neal netted 16 points, which included a 3-of-5 effort from 3-point range.
The lead changed hands four times and was tied on eight other occasions in the second half.
Southern Oregon held a three-point advantage into the final two minutes of play. Paine and Testa each sank a pair of free throws to give the Oaks an 87-86 edge.
The Raiders tied it at 87 on Conor Carroll's free throw with 29 seconds. He missed the second shot, rebounded by Paine.
Menlo worked the clock until Testa let loose with his 3-point shot for the final margin.
The Raiders still had four seconds to work with but Menlo fouled. Carroll missed the first and purposely missed the second, with Southern Oregon getting the rebound and a last-second 3-shot attempt that awry.
A Neal free throw with 7:17 left in the first half gave Menlo a 10-point advantage, the largest lead of the night for either team. That double-digit lead lasted all of 25 seconds.
Former Serra coach John Grosey played under Presley when Menlo was still a junior college.
Grosey brought that philosophy gave to Serra and its been a mainstay of the school's basketball program under Chuck Rapp.