Friday, against Oceana, the five Cougar seniors led the Half Moon Bay High School boys basketball team to its ninth win in a row, and the team remains undefeated in the PAL North as a result.
Following pregame ceremonies with their families, seniors Zack Shaw, Michael Hourani, Oscar Valencia, Max Barron, and Teo Lincoln took the court and promptly overwhelmed the Sharks to take an early lead, 14-3, and never looked back. They would win, 67-29.
The five Half Moon Bay seniors played good team defense, allowing only three points in the quarter, while Lincoln and Barron hauled in offensive boards for second- chance possessions. With Hourani (10 points, 3 rebounds) directing traffic, all the seniors scored: Valencia had seven points, three rebounds; Shaw four points; Barron two points, six rebounds; and Lincoln six points, four rebounds and two blocks.
Giving the seniors a break in the second and third quarters, Sean Kennedy poured in 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, Zeke Syme and Lukas Meighen made both of their shots for five each, Drew Dorwin added 10, and Luke Longaker and Kris Reyes added buckets.
With the band providing spirited interludes, the atmosphere was celebratory all night as the seniors continued the onslaught to start the second half and push the lead to 61-18 by the end of third. r
Boys varsity basketball
Sacred Heart Prep 55
Half Moon Bay 47
The Half Moon Bay boys lost a hard-fought nonleague game to a tough Sacred Heart Prep team ranked No. 8 in the Central Coast Section.
The Cougars trailed from the outset and almost the entire game as they tried to overcome slow starts in three of the four quarters. They battled back to challenge the Gators until the last buzzer. Mykola Ediger (15 points, 6 boards) and Ben McKnight (14 points, six boards) carried most of the offensive load against a very good —and tall — defense that didn’t allow many easy shots to the Cougars’ leading scorers.
Half Moon Bay spotted Sacred Heart an early 9-0 lead as they had trouble making anything fall until Ediger and Sean Kennedy (seven points, four rebounds) hit 3’s late in the first to close to 13-7. But shooting 3-of-15 in the quarter put them in a hole until they went on a 21-8 run lasting into the second quarter that ended with a driving lefty layup in traffic by Zeke Syme (4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) to end the half down six.
A strength all night long was the work on the offensive boards that led to second chances 16 times. McKnight benefited in the third quarter as he scored 11, mostly beating his defender one-on-one. He gave Half Moon Bay the lead briefly on a long 3-pointer. But the Gators had an answer throughout the game, including a 7-0 run out of the fourth. They never led by less than five the rest of way.
Boys varsity wrestling
Half Moon Bay 39
The battle of undefeated varsity boys wrestling teams took place tonight at Half Moon Bay High School on Senior Night. Half Moon Bay prevailed by the closest of margins, 39-33. A forfeit win by Adrian Alvarez proved to be the deciding match.
Freshman Marcos Bautista’s stunning come-from-behind win was the pivotal match of the night, as he won 12-9. Dominant performance by seniors Caspian Grabowski, Cade Duncan, Bryan Thorne and Eddy Lopez were the keys to Half Moon Bay victory.
Boys varsity soccer
Half Moon Bay 2
Aragon took a 1-0 lead at half, but in the second half the Cougars picked up the pace and created a bunch of shots. Half Moon Bay scored twice to win it.
Pablo Jaramillo scored first on a free kick, and the second was from freshman Nathen Freitas.
Girls varsity basketball
El Camino 53
Half Moon Bay 46
The Cougars couldn't get the job done on short rest as El Camino High School attacked the basket and made 14 of 16 free throws.
The first league loss of the season drops Half Moon Bay to 17-3 overall and 7-1 in league. The first half was up and down as both teams took the lead, lost the lead and eventually were all knotted up after two quarters.
El Camino came out of halftime energized and put pressure on Half Moon Bay, which struggled all night to get the energy and enthusiasm in its favor. With 1:40 left and down 11, the Cougars cut the lead to two points with 1:10 left in the game. Down 48-46 with 15 seconds remaining, El Camino hit a dagger 3-pointer to seal the win.
Girls junior varsity soccer
Half Moon Bay 8
The Cougars handily beat Mills, scoring early and often.
Eva Denault opened the scoring with a blast outside the box in the 10th minute. Ashley Owen then scored a hat trick with three exciting goals in just 10 minutes. Then Jessica Barajas Delgado had a nice finish just before halftime to make it 5-0.
In the second half, Half Moon Bay continued to dominate possession with some nice passing moves and some terrific play as a team. Callie Hoffman scored with a nice assist from Owen to make it 6-0 before Mills gifted Half Moon Bay its own goal off a well-placed corner kick from Laura Moctezuma that made the score 7-0. Callie scored again off a beautiful pass from Yanalis Flores to finish off a superb performance for the Cougars.