Menlo-Atherton, which held a three-point edge against the Vikings, turned the game into a rout by firing on all cyclinders to open the second half. And it wasn't any one individual who carried the load as six different Bears combined to go on a 19-0 run to open the third quarter.
James Beckwith made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points to lead the Bears (13-3, 5-0), who also held Mills scoreless for more than six minutes during the rally.
Nick Tripaldi and Will Beasley hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get the run started. Heath Hooper hit a pair of free throws, Justin Anderson scored and Skylar Thomas hit a bucket before Mills called its first timeout.
M-A never slowed down, with Thomas and Tripaldi scoring ahead of Trevor Wargo's 3-pointer before Mills finally ended the run with under two minutes to play in the third.
Menlo-Atherton out-scored the Vikings, 48-18 in the second half after holding a slim 23-20 edge at halftime.
Mills held the lead for the first 12 minutes of the game. That's when Beckwith knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to give M-A the lead for good.
Thomas added 13 points for the Bears and Beasley had 10.
In another PAL game, Burlingame topped Woodside, 67-42. The Wildcats (5-12, 0-5) have lost five straight.
In West Bay Athletic League action, Eastside Prep handed several teams a 'get-out-of-jail' card in the form of a 53-52 home victory over previously unbeaten The King's Academy.
The Panthers (6-6, 3-1) are among those who benefited, of course, as did Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep, each of which woke up Wednesday morning with a share of first place with a pair of games remaining in the first round of league play.
Eastside Prep had to adjust its schedule to accommodate its first-year boys coach Donovan Blythe. Yep, he's still coaching the girls team. He loves coaching. And coaching boys is nothing new. Blythe has extensive experience coaching at many levels.
The challenge was to make sure he gave both teams the necessary attention. If the TKA victory is any indication, he's been successful.
It helps to have the same coaching staff he has with the girls team. Also to have a player like Isaiah Saams-Hoy, who has produced 40 points in a game at least once this season.
Friday may be a bit of a stretch. His girls' team plays at Sacred Heart Prep at 5 p.m. and the boys team plays at Pinewood at 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Menlo went on the road to beat Harker, 61-40, Priory stayed home to beat Pinewood, 50-34 and Sacred Heart Prep had a fun trip to Crystal Springs Uplands, winning 82-54.
Sacred Heart Prep (7-7, 4-1) had the benefit of going to the foul line for 35 free throws against the Gryphons. Those 23 makes went a long way into producing the 28-point victory.
Charlie Selna took advantage, making 5 of 9 en his way to 13 points, one of four Gators to reach double figures in scoring. Jai Deshpande led the team with 15 points. Brendan Carney added 12 and Aidan Braccia had 10.
Sacred Heart Prep stays at home Friday night, welcoming Priory (6-9, 1-4) for a 6:30 p.m. start. Priory beat visiting Pinewood (9-6, 1-4) on the strength of a trio of double-figure scorers. Dave Ajanaku-Makun scored 15 points, Zach Zafran added 13 and Matthew Covington had 12.
Cole Kastner scored 24 points to lead Menlo (10-4, 4-1) past the Eagles. The junior added seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. Sophomore Chris Cook scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter.
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