Aaron Williams scored 23 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, leading host Gateway past Galileo 53-50 in a back-and-forth nonconference boys’ basketball game that featured six ties and nine lead changes.
Williams’ tough layup in traffic broke a 50-50 tie with less than two minutes remaining, and Conor Murphy-Hoffman added a free throw with four seconds left to help the Gators (5-6) avenge their season opening 50-25loss to Galileo.
Gateway led 18-9 after one quarter and was ahead by as many as 13 in the second quarter, before the Lions (5-5) rallied behind Deante Bernstine (11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists) to take a 28-25 lead into halftime.
The Gators responded with a 19-10 run to regain the lead at 44-38, but the Lions scored six straight points to knot the score once again at 44-44. However, Gateway held on as Williams and Aaron Ogilvie (15 points) combined for eight points down the stretch.
“I was just fighting for every rebound and taking the lane when it was open,” Williams said. “It feels real good to get this win, especially after how they beat us last time.”
Sequoia 56, Burton 44
REDWOOD CITY — J.J. Mitchell had 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the host Cherokees (4-6) over the Pumas (2-4).
Burton started sluggishly and trailed 12-0 less than six minutes into the first quarter. But the Pumas eventually found their footing and had several chances to cut the Sequoia lead to five or six midway through the fourth quarter before Mitchell converted several short shots and restored the Cherokees’ lead to double-digits.
Lonnell Britton led the new-look Pumas with 13 points, while Tyre’ Ellison added nine. Burton has just three returning players from a team that went winless in Academic Athletic Association play a season ago and the new blood has Pumas coach Duane Breaux feeling positive.
“[Tonight] wasn’t perfect, but I thought we finished strong and played with courage and that’s the most important thing,” Pumas coach Duane Breaux said. “A lot of these guys are still learning the game, but I’m optimistic. It’s not going to be
0-16 again like last year.”
— Matt Elliser