Both teams enter Friday's 7:30 p.m. contest at Sacred Heart Prep on a four-game winning streak. Both girls teams are also unbeaten in league play. They meet at 6 p.m., also at SHP.
Matt Marzano went for 21 points and Palo Alto beat visiting Mountain View 55-42 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest.
The win kept Palo Alto (10-4, 3-0) in a first place tie with Los Altos (14-1, 3-0) entering a key game against host Homestead (10-5, 2-1) at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Los Altos hosts Cupertino.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn earned a 44-42 win over visiting Lynbrook. The Titans (7-7, 3-1) have a league bye Friday and host Palo Alto on Saturday in a joint, unified benefit night for The Gunn Foundation and for Paly's Rise Together Education. Both organizations work to make college possible for PAUSD's low-income, high-achieving students.
The games begin with the Gunn and Paly girls at 6 p.m. and the boys following at 8 p.m.
For Sacred Heart Prep, Jai Deshpande scored 13 points and both Aidan Braccia, who hit three 3-pointers, and Charlie Selna, who has recorded double-digits in rebounding in seven of his previous eight games, added 11 points as SHP (9-2, 4-0) broke the game open against Pinewood with a 25-point second quarter.
Junior Keaton Bailey led Pinewood with 17 points. Fellow junior Rei Friera scored nine.
Against Eastside, senior Cole Kastner led Menlo with 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. Junior Davis Mead, who hit a pair of 3-pointers, added 12 points. Justin Sellers had eight points and three assists.
Raymond Reece led Eastside with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Van White added 11 and David Chivers had 10.
Ryan Purpur added 12 points for Palo Alto, which has won six of its last seven games since losing in the opening round of the St. Francis Classic in December. The Vikings only loss during that stretch was a non-league game to Menlo-Atherton two weeks ago.
Menlo-Atherton remained undefeated in Peninsula Athletic League play with a dominant 80-37 victory over host Capuchino. Thirteen of the 14 players who saw the court scored as the Bears (12-3, 3-0) raced to an early lead and never slowed down.
Skyler Thomas recorded his best offensive game in a M-A basketball uniform, scoring 20 points on 90% (9-of-10) shooting. He, along with the other four starters, did not appear in the fourth quarter.
JD Carson came off the bench to scored 15 points, hitting 6 of 7 shots, including all five of his two-point tries. He also added a team-high five steals as Capuchino committed 22 turnovers to M-A's nine. Spencer Lin added 10 points. Trevor Wargo filled up the stat sheet with six points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals.
M-A hosts rival Sequoia (5-8, 3-0) at 7:45 p.m. Friday.
Woodside survived a slow tempo to beat visiting Mills 36-29 in another PAL game. Isaiah Minor scored 11 points and Dylan Barnwell added 10 for the Wildcats (11-2, 2-1), who host Carlmont at 7:45 p.m. Friday.
Menlo School jumped to an early lead and never gave it up at Priory. But it was hardly an easy win.
Priory hung around within striking distance all game but couldn't ever catch up as Menlo came out on top in the WBAL game 47-43 to set up its game with ASHP for sole possession of first place.
"I told the girls any road game in the WBAL is tough to win,'' Menlo coach John Paye said. "Priory battled until the end. It's a credit to our team that not shooting well we still pulled it out.''
Menlo (12-1, 2-0) also avoided a letdown after its 46-45 win over Pinewood.
"That was a rather emotional game we had Saturday night,'' Paye said. "It seems like just yesterday.''
Point guard Avery Lee made sure her team got off to a good start. She scored 10 points in the first quarter and had 14 of Menlo's first 20 points.
"I was getting a lot of open shots,'' Lee said. "My teammates did a great job of feeding me.''
Lee finished with a game-high 20 points. Coco Layton added 12 for Menlo on four 3-pointers.
Menlo had its biggest lead of the game at 22-12 early in the second quarter. Priory (8-4, 1-1) cut the lead to three on numerous occasions, but couldn't get any closer.
"Menlo made some big shots,'' Priory coach Buck Matthews said. "That's a state championship team. They executed late in the game and that was the difference in the game.''
Aniyah Augmon led Priory with 11 points and nine rebounds. Sydney Donovan came off the bench to score nine and Bineta Diatta scored eight points to go along with nine boards.
"We hurt ourselves with turnovers but overall I liked our energy,'' Matthews said. "A four-point loss, I'll take that for now as long as we're getting better.''
In the Peninsula Athletic League, Alyssa Faberowski scored 17 points and Menlo-Atherton turned a nail-biter into a rout with a succession of 3-pointers and made free throws, which included a double technical foul and an ejection, that made up a 20-0 run in the second half in a 58-39 victory over visiting Capuchino.
Malia Latu added 12 points for M-A (7-7, 3-0), which meets visiting Sequoia at 6:15 p.m. Friday. Catharine Chai had 11 points.
Capuchino closed to within 26-24 with just under five minutes to play in the third quarter when Nicolette Yeh hit a 3-pointer. Faberowski hit two straight and Chai made it four in a row as M-A pulled ahead 38-24.
That's when the Mustangs coach was slapped with a double technical foul and ejected from the gymnasium. Faberowski hit all four free throws, followed by another Chai 3-pointer. Linnea Lindblom sank one of two free throws to make it a 20-0 run as Cap went nearly 10 minutes without scoring.
Five different M-A players combined for 10 3-pointers. In addition to Yeh, Chai and Faberowski, Mel Voss and Fiona Ralston also hit from long range.
Elsewhere in the WBAL, Denise Stine scored 14 points to lead Sacred Heart Prep past Eastside Prep 65-41. Grace Florendo sank three 3-pointers and scored 11 points and both Carolina Barclay and Megan Norris added 10 points.
DeDe Franklin scored 15 points and Alana Balocating had 10 for Eastside Prep.
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