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Westmoor can’t complete upset bid over Half Moon Bay

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DALY CITY — Sean Orr put together a Herculean performance for Westmoor, scoring 22 points, including all of his team’s points in the fourth quarter and overtime, but the Rams fell just short as perennial powerhouse Half Moon Bay escaped with a 50-47 overtime win.

Gavin Tomberlin’s 3-pointer with 50 seconds left in overtime proved to be the winning basket for visiting Half Moon Bay, which got 23 points from Andrew Saffold and a double-double from Ethan Menzies (15 points, 17 rebounds).

“We play hard, and I think that’s the trademark of how Westmoor plays,” head coach Herb Yaptinchay said, expressing pride in his team’s performance.

Westmoor trailed by as much as 13 in the third quarter, but finished the third on a 13-2 run and even took a short-lived lead in the fourth when Orr’s three-point play made it 39-38 with 6:14 remaining in the fourth.

While Orr, a 6-4 senior, was a force to be reckoned with on the offensive end, Westmoor’s ultra-aggressive defense was excellent, allowing just 13 second-half points.

Half Moon Bay survived despite missing two players to the flu, including point guard Sam Treanor, who scored 17 in Friday’s win over Jefferson.

Though a loss wouldn’t have prevented Half Moon Bay (16-6, 10-0 PAL North) from locking up the league title, it likely would have ended the Cougars’ chance at a CCS Open Division berth. The victory stretched HMB’s league winning streak to 22 games.
Westmoor (15-7, 7-3) now sits a game behind crosstown rival Jefferson (14-8, 8-2) in the standings for second place, which will be on the line when the two will meet at Westmoor on Friday night. Jefferson won the first meeting, 39-37. Should the two finish tied, the standings would come down to a coin flip. Finishing in second place would mean avoiding South Division powers Menlo-Atherton (17-4, 8-1) and Sequoia (17-4, 7-2) until the PAL Tournament semifinals.

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