19 Jan 19
Two boys basketball teams remain undefeated in the Gabilan Division. Palma has one of those spots, rallying Friday for a 50-45 win over defending league champion Alisal.
The Chieftains, who host Carmel on Monday, have a share of first place in the Gabilan with Monterey at 2-0.
“We are starting to find our identity on both ends,” Palma coach Kelley Lopez said. “We now know, and more importantly believe, what will make us a successful team, and that’s everyone buying in.”
Alisal (1-2) has some work in front of it, falling two back with seven games remaining.
Palma, which trailed by four after three quarters, jumped on the Trojans in the fourth quarter, opening up 49-46 lead with 4 minutes and 31 seconds left.
The Chieftains never trailed over the final four minutes.
“We are gaining more and more confidence every day,” Lopez said. “When we play with confidence, we can be really good.”
Colin Neff led four players in double figures for Palma with 14 points. Branden Cannon and Matt Morales each had 12 while freshman Nate Jean-Pierre chipped in with 11.
Josue Gil-Silva ignited Alisal with 18 points while Vincent Gonzalez added 13.
Pacific Grove 49, Seaside 41: Jack Sendell dropped in 22 points as the Breakers improved to 3-0 in the Mission Division.
Sendell was clutch at the free throw line, sinking 13-of-16. Josh Cryns finished with nine points while Keith Ray added eight.
“Seaside played extremely hard tonight and were motivated,” Pacific Grove coach Dan Powers said. “We have tough kids who are team oriented. Our senior leadership has been outstanding.”
Seaside, which won the old Pacific Division title last year, fell to 0-3 in the Mission Division.
Salinas 77, Monte Vista 52: JoJo Paris and Ryan McKinley each had 18 points as the Cowboys snapped a two-game losing streak.
“We simplified a few things and I think that helped us get more comfortable on both sides of the ball,” Salinas coach Jerod Stewart said. “The 14 3-point goals we made was proof of that.”
McKinley sizzled from the outside with six 3-point goals. Derek Diaz and A.J. Saldana both added 14 points for Salinas.
Stevenson 57, North Salinas 43: Luke Driscoll scored 22 points and added six steals as the Pirates improved to 10-6 overall after beating North Salinas.
Connor Jacobs added 11 points and seven rebounds for Stevenson while Connor Olin finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
Tony Galvan scored 13 points for North Salinas (1-2) while Fabian Valdez added eight.
King City 61, Greenfield 52: After a record breaking non-league start, the Bruins are still looking for their first win in the Santa Lucia Division after falling to rival King City.
“Great bounce back game for us,” King City coach Henry Ventura said.
Devin Morales scored 15 points for King City while Angel Trujillo and Isa Gonzalez both contributed 14.
Angel Espinoza led Greenfield (0-3) with 16 points while Augustin Pantoja and Ernie Martinez both had nine.
Alvarez 65, Christopher 55: Efrain Perez and Isaiah Rodriguez each scored 17 points as the Eagles improved to 2-1 in the Mission Division.
Perez scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Alvarez, which is 13-4 overall. Devin Foster added 11 points.
North County 58, Pajaro Valley 52: The Condors are 3-0 in the Cypress Division, using 18 points from Isaiah Solario to knock off Pajaro Valley.
Dulian Morelos added 11 points for North County while Brandon Ducusin had 10 and Abel Ruiz five.
Gilroy 69, Soledad 65 OT: Josiah Freeman dropped in a career-high 29 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Aztecs fell in overtime to Gilroy.
Conan Alvarez added 21 points, including five 3-point goals for Soledad.
North Salinas 3, Palma 1: Adrian Munoz had a goal and an assist as the Vikings improved to 6-1 in the Mission Division.
Ezequiel Hernández and Eduardo Rubio each scored a goal for North Salinas while Bryan Martinez and Bryan Mendoza recorded assists.
Dominic Nale scored Palma’s only goal.
Monterey 6, Christopher 0: The Toreadores won their 12th straight game, improving to 7-0 in the Mission Division.
Juan Arechiga produced two goals and had a pair of assists for Monterey. Jose Rios and Isaac Lomeli each had a goal and an assist while Mark Diego and Jose Arguelles also scored.
Soledad 4, Alvarez 1: The Aztecs remained unbeaten on the season, improving to 9-0-2, erasing a 1-0 deficit with four goals in the second half.
Alexis Ortiz recorded the hat trick for Soledad. Ruben Esqueda added a goal and an assist while Alex Sanchez produced an assist.
Greenfield 3, Carmel 0: Rolando Gutierrez earned a shutout as the Bruins improved to 4-0 in the Cypress Division after blanking Carmel.
Sergio Carrasco had a goal and an assist for Greenfield. Jesus Zavala and Brian Galvan both scored while Fernando Garcia finished with a pair of assists.
Pacific Collegiate 36, Santa Catalina 32: The Cougars are still looking for their first win after falling in a nail-biter.
Kia Shoemaker scored 16 points for Santa Catalina while Abby Gunter added eight points and 17 rebounds. Maddy Folleta chipped in with six points.
St. Francis 53, King City 48: The Sharks improved to 3-0 in the Cypress Division as Janessa Yniquez had 24 points while Tanya Gallo finished with 15.
Nancy Andrade was a spark for King City with 20 points while Ariel Carrillo finished with eight.
Monterey 52, Gonzales 48: Sharrell McDowell hit two free throws with seven seconds left to give the Toreadores the lead and Kaitlyn Manely hit two more to seal it.
Katelyn Calvetti led Monterey with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Manely added 14 points and 13 rebounds while McDowell chipped in with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Soledad 54, Pacific Grove 52: Despite 23 points and eight steals from Wendy Porzig, the Breakers fell in overtime to Soledad.
Tati Ruiz recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Pacific Grove. Lyndsey Llantero added seven points and 10 rebounds while Tianna Battistini had seven points.
Carmel 52, Stevenson 44: Soana Laulotu poured in 25 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in the Padres’ win.
Ashley Langley added eight points and six rebounds for Carmel while Olivia Randazzo was praised for her defense.
Santa Catalina 8, York 0: The Cougars improved to 4-2-0 in the Santa Lucia Division after blanking York.
Kate Larse, Tyler Mehringer and Niamh Burke all scored two goals for Santa Catalina. Sarah Scheetz and Ana Liesner both had one.
Seaside 1, Monte Vista 1: The only unbeaten teams left in the Cypress Division remained unbeaten after playing to a tie.
Maria Vazquez scored Seaside’s goal. The Spartans are 4-0-3 while Monte Vista is 5-0-2. The two teams tied in their first meeting.
Stevenson 8, Oakwood 0: Larkin Stephensen scored two goals and assisted on another in the Pirates rout of Oakwood of Morgan Hill.
Helen Yang also scored two goals for Stevenson while Romi Marckx, Abbey Wineglass, Audrey Goldsmith and Jessie Merenda all scored one. Maeve O’Connor and Goldsmith also had assists.
Monterey 1, Pacific Grove 1: Arislady Cruz scored the Toreadores only goal in playing Pacific Grove to a draw.
Cabrillo 69, MPC 58: Anthony Dennis scored 18 points and pulled down six rebounds in the Lobos’ loss. Quinn Ryan and Marquis Pickrom combined for 17 points.
Cabrillo 87, MPC 56: King City graduate Delaney Carroll had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Lobos’ loss. Danae Snell added 14 points.