The Mills boys’ basketball team has developed a flair for the dramatic. Wednesday’s 40-37 win over Woodside was the third consecutive game the Vikings have played that has been decided in the final seconds. This time, it was Brandon Matsuno’s half-court heave at the buzzer that gave the Vikings the win. Woodside had tied the game on a free throw just moments before.
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On Friday, the Vikings trailed rival Capuchino 39-24 with 5:35 to play before a furious 16-0 run to take a 40-39 lead with 30 seconds remaining. Morgan Lou scored nine of his team-high 14 points during the run, including a jumper from the elbow that gave the Vikings the lead. However, their hearts would be broken as Capuchino’s A.J. Macaraeg’s hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the wing, setting off a raucous celebration for the host Mustangs.
Compared to those two finishes, last Wednesday’s game between Mills and Hillsdale was mundane. The Vikings trailed 33-24 entering the fourth and faced a three-point deficit in the final seconds before Matsuno’s four-point play with 3.4 seconds remaining gave Mills the 47-46 win.
With their latest thrilling win, the Vikings sit at 3-3 in the PAL South and have an overall record of 7-10. The Vikings will need to win three of their final six games to be eligible for the CCS Playoffs. A top-four finish in the PAL South would earn a berth in the county-wide PAL Tournament, and that chance remains attainable thanks to Matsuno’s latest heroics.