Demaree Hampton heard the crowd in the first half. By the time it had stopped harassing him, the Mission guard had long stopped listening.
Hampton had 33 points — including 10 in a game-changing 24-6 third quarter run — as Mission battled back from a nine-point second-half deficit in a hostile environment to knock off Menlo-Atherton 70-56 in a nonconference prep boys’ basketball game.
M-A (6-2) led for nearly the entire first half and opened up a 36-27 advantage early in the second half, but Mission (2-2) made nine of its next 11 shots from the field to go up 51-42 and never trailed again.
“In the first half, we were getting frustrated and the fans were messing with our confidence,” said Hampton, who also had a game-high seven steals. “We just came out in the second half and ignored them, and we knew if we kept shooting our shots we’d get hot.”
Harry Howard added 21 points for Mission, including 10 in the third-quarter spurt. The senior made a layup after a steal to put Mission ahead 42-40, then banked in a 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 7 seconds remaining in the third to give the team a 45-40 lead.
Power forward Ronell Foster did not score, but pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Mission. Rich Branning had 17 points to pace M-A, a NorCal Division 2 qualifier last season. Mission 70, Menlo-Atherton 56
Aragon 65, ISA 51
Greg O’Neil scored 14 points, Russell Park added 12 and Nick Lahoz chipped in 10 to lead the Dons (4-3) past the host Cobras (0-3).
Aragon never trailed, but the Dons did not put scrappy International Studies Academy away until a game-ending 17-5 run. ISA had closed to within 48-42 a minute into the fourth quarter on the strength of 13-8 run, but O’Neil hit two 3-pointers to spark a string of 10 straight points for Aragon. Trailing 58-42, ISA was never able to cut the deficit to less than 14 points.
Using a full-court pressure defense and bombing away freely from long range (10 3-pointers), Aragon never led by less six points after the first quarter in bouncing back from losses to Lincoln and San Lorenzo.
“I’m still learning as a coach and I think I kept our press on too long in our last two losses,” Aragon coach Arjuna Manning-Laisne said. “Tonight, we pulled back the pressure when we needed to and really applied it when we saw the right opportunity.”
— Will Reisman
University 79, Waldorf 42
Brian Park scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half as the Red Devils (6-2) jumped out to a big lead and never looked back against the Wolverines (3-7).
— Staff report
SMALL SCHOOLS BRIDGE LEAGUE
Redwood Adventist 48, Jewish Community 44
Jake Sklar drilled five 3-pointers en route to 25 points, but the Wolves (1-8, 1-2) ran out of gas late after rallying from a 12-point third-quarter deficit against Redwood Adventist (4-0, 3-0) at the Koret Center. Jewish Community tied the game at 42-42 with about 2 minutes left.
— Staff report