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ROUNDUP: Spartans nab number-two De Anza spot with win over Paly boys basketball; Gunn boys, Paly girls prevail in rivalry basketball showdowns; Mountain View girls soccer wins De Anza championship

Paly's Sebastian Chancellor in Thursday's game against Mountain View. (Allison Huang)

The Mountain View boys basketball team won three games this week to claim the second place spot in the SCVAL De Anza division, now sitting just one game behind Los Altos. The Spartans blew out Homestead 61-34 on Tuesday, then followed that up with substantial wins over Santa Clara and third-ranked Palo Alto later in the week.

Senior Patrick Kane attributed the team’s win over Paly — a win that helped the Spartans further pull away from the Vikings and protect their second place spot  — to the team’s strong defense.

“We were a little slow on the offense,” Kane said. “We might have scored under 20 in the first half. … But our defense was just on point and that’s why we were able to get the win.”

The Spartans lost 48-36 to the Vikings just a week ago, but Kane said this time the team came “ready to come out with a fight in us.”

On Tuesday, the Spartans will face Los Altos head-to-head, a game which could set the stage for the De Anza league championship; a Mountain View win would tie the two teams for the first place spot. Two weeks ago, Mountain View topped the Eagles in a narrow 48-47 win, saved by a last-minute three-pointer from senior Joe Brown.

“We’re the only team that’s beat them,” Kane said. “But at the same time, Los Altos is a great team, so … if we don’t play up to our ability, they’re gonna be able to capitalize off of that.”

In other news:

  • Gunn boys basketball beat Paly in a narrow 33-31 rivalry game.
  • Los Altos boys basketball held onto its first place spot with a 60-49 win over Cupertino.
  • Mountain View girls soccer claimed the SCVAL De Anza championship on Friday with a 3-0 win over Paly.
  • Paly girls basketball won its 15th straight game with a win over rival Gunn.

Gunn

  • Boys basketball:
    • 56-37 W vs. Wilcox (Tue)
    • 33-31 W vs. Palo Alto (Sat)
  • Girls basketball:
    • 56-41 L vs. Milpitas (Wed)
    • 60-39 W vs. University Prep Academy (Fri)
    • 65-40 L vs. Palo Alto (Sat)
  • Boys soccer:
    • 1-1 T vs. Los Altos (Wed)
  • Girls soccer:
    • 4-1 L vs. Los Altos (Wed)

Los Altos

  • Boys basketball:
    • 60-49 W vs. Cupertino (Fri)
  • Girls basketball:
    • 50-48 W vs. Archbishop Riordan (Tue)
    • 37-32 W vs. Lynbrook (Fri)
    • 52-38 W vs. Arroyo (Sat)
  • Boys soccer:
    • 1-1 T vs. Gunn (Wed)
    • 2-1 W vs. Los Gatos (Fri)
  • Girls soccer:
    • 4-1 W vs. Gunn (Wed)
    • 5-0 W vs. Los Gatos (Fri)

Mountain View

  • Boys basketball:
    • 61-34 W vs. Homestead (Tue)
    • 38-29 W vs. Palo Alto (Thu)
    • 42-29 W vs. Santa Clara (Fri)
  • Girls basketball:
    • 60-39 L vs. Monta Vista (Wed)
    • 59-55 L vs. Santa Clara (Fri)
  • Boys soccer:
    • 2-2 T vs. Homestead (Wed)
    • 3-2 L vs. Palo Alto (Fri)
  • Girls soccer:
    • 4-2 W vs. Homestead (Wed)
    • 3-0 W vs. Palo Alto (Fri)

Palo Alto

  • Boys basketball:
    • 47-46 W vs. Milpitas (Tue)
    • 38-29 L vs. Mountain View (Thu)
    • 33-31 L vs. Gunn (Sat)
  • Girls basketball:
    • 69-16 W vs. Wilcox (Wed)
    • 65-40 W vs. Gunn (Sat)
  • Boys soccer:
    • 5-0 W vs. Lynbrook (Mon)
    • 3-2 W vs. Mountain View (Fri)
  • Girls soccer:
    • 2-1 W vs. Homestead (Tue)
    • 3-0 L vs. Mountain View (Fri)

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