After a fantastic season, the boys basketball team won the CCS Championship against Half Moon Bay. Video courtesy of Mike Corley. Photo courtesy of Pam McKenney.
By Emilio Simbeck.
Video by Justin Kasser.
On Saturday, Mar. 4, the boys varsity basketball team defeated the Half Moon Bay Cougars 42-40, securing their eighth Central Coast Section championship.
“We live for the exhilarating moments like those. To be able to capture a coveted CCS title for our seniors meant everything to us. It is a memory we’ll never forget.” junior Joe Foley said.
Qualifying for the championship earned the Knights a NorCal playoff bid, and they will play at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Mar. 8 against University High School at Kezar Stadium.
Foley got things started early for the Knights, sinking two three pointers in the first quarter en route to his 16 point game. Fellow junior Thomas Brown also did damage from behind the arc, chipping in with eight points on the night.
As the game went on, the grit and determination on defense that comes along with playing in a championship game began to kick in on both sides, keeping the game relatively low scoring. With great defensive efforts on the perimeter from Foley and senior guard Hayden Pegley, combined with Menlo’s big men Riley Woodson and JH Tevis, the Knights were able to limit the number one seeded Cougars to just 19 points in the first half.
As the game went into the final minutes, the Cougars began to claw their way back and managed to take a 38-37 lead with a under a minute left in regulation. Foley once again knifed his way to the rim where he was fouled and sent to the free throw line, making one of the two shots and tying the game at 38. The Cougars had one last chance at the win, but the tremendous defense of the Knights held true when they needed it most, sending the game to overtime.
As the overtime period began, the tension in the gym was palpable as each side went blow for blow on both ends of the court, backed by hundreds of screaming fans and fired up student sections.
With 20 seconds left to play, Pegley took command of the offense and took the ball the down to the wing before kicking it out to Tevis in the corner. Tevis, with eight seconds left, made a quick move on the defender closing out on him and drove the baseline, only to be met by more defenders. Rising above the outstretched arms of Half Moon Bay’s center Ethan Menzies, Tevis kissed it off the glass and the rest is history.
In an interview after the game, Tevis described how much this game meant for the guys. “This win just demonstrates how much hard work and passion we put in each day. I’m so happy for this team, this coaching staff, this school. We all deserve it, and it is truly amazing to be a part of it all.” Tevis said.
For Menlo, this was a game filled with sweet revenge, as Half Moon Bay disrupted a perfect football season for the Knights and defeated them in the CCS championship earlier in the school year. On a basketball team filled with many football players, they didn’t want anything more than to get back at the Cougars.
Riding off their amazing season with a hard earned league title and CCS championship, the Knights hope to keep it rolling in the state playoffs later this week.