The unseeded Salinas High boys basketball team came close to reaching the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals, but was nipped Thursday night in overtime by fifth-seed Milpitas, 62-61, at Milpitas High.
The Cowboys end the year 12-14 overall. Milpitas, 16-9, plays No. 4 seed Bellarmine in a quarterfinal game Saturday at Piedmont Hills.
“We were one tipped pass and one kicked ball away from winning,” Salinas coach Jens Gordon said.
Twice on Milpitas’ last possession Salinas came close to deflecting the ball away. But Milpitas maintained possession and scored the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds to play.
The Cowboys last chance came with two seconds left. They were forced into a 3-pointer and the ball rattled the rim and spun out.
“It was an incredible game,” Gordon said. “A great high school basketball game. I’m very proud of this team.”
Salinas sent the game into overtime when LaRon Logwood sunk two do-or-die free throws in the final seconds.
Paul Van Schuyver lead Salinas with 16 points and Nat Hunsdorfer, who battled Milpitas’ big center, finished with 13.
Homestead 65, Alisal 57: At Homestead, the Trojans tried for something of a miracle comeback before running out of gas late in the game.
Homestead led by 28 points in the third quarter. But Alisal put on a ferocious rally and cut the deficit to four with about two minutes to play, but couldn’t get any closer.
Hugo Hurtado sparked Alisal with 18 point and Jesus Salinas had 16.
Alisal closes the season with an overall record of 18-7.
Monterey 64, Terra Nova 63: At Monterey, it was only fitting the buzzer-beating Toreadores do it again.
Having been involved in seven straight MBL Gabilan Division games that were either decided in the final seconds or overtime, it was another last-second shot that proved to be the game-winner for Monterey.
For the second time this year David Kim scored at the buzzer to give Monterey its stunning – but by now almost predictable – last-second win.
The win sends Monterey to the D-III semifinals where it will meet No. 3 seed Aragon (17-9) at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.
Terra Nova led by one with about 10 seconds to play and Monterey had to go the length of the court.
“I thought we might get to half court and call a time out,” Monterey coach Greg Daniels said. “But this team, this is who we are. We play close to the edge.”
Kim took the inbound pass and never stopped as he went the length of the court to make the game-winning layup as the buzzer sounded.
Kim and Carter Aldrete finished with 14 points each.
Monterey also got a lift with the return of Austin Shake. Its team captain missed the last three weeks with a broken bone in his hand, but he was cleared to play. Even though he scored only two points, his return seemed to give the team a boost.
Harker 46, Carmel 40: At Harker, the MTAL co-champion Padres fell to Harker in the second-round D-IV game. The Padres finish the year 14-10 overall.
Harker goes on to the quarterfinals Saturday at Kaiser Arena in Santa Cruz where it will face No. 3 seed Santa Cruz.
King’s Academy 39, Pacific Grove 36: At Pacific Grove, the other co-champion of the MTAL didn’t have any better luck either. The Breakers lost their second-round game to end the year 13-12 overall.
The Breakers led most of the game. They were up 23-17 at halftime and 31-28 after three quarters.
King’s Academy took its first lead with 1:41 to play at 36-35.
Pacific Grove was down by three with 13 seconds to play but couldn’t hit the 3-pointer.
Freshman Brad Sendell led the Breakers with eight points and Luke Lowell had seven.
Pacific Grove returns 10 players for next year.
King’s Academy (15-10) will play top-seed Sacred Heart Prep in one of four D-IV quarterfinals in Santa Cruz.
Menlo School 62, Gonzales 44: At Menlo School, the Spartans never led and were eliminated in the second round of the CCS D-IV playoffs by the defending D-IV champions.
For Gonzales, Chrystian Harrigan led with 26 points.
Menlo will square off with Palma in Saturday’s quarterfinal game in Santa Cruz.
Castilleja 38, Pacific Grove 34: At Castilleja, the Breakers nearly rallied in the fourth quarter but ultimately were eliminated by the Gators in the second round of the Division IV tournament.
Pacific Grove was held to eight first-half points and trailed by 15 going into the final eight minutes.
MTAL Most Valuable Player Reeve Groebecker scored 10 points, and Lilli Dawkins had six points.
The Breakers finished the season 18-8.
The King’s Academy 62, Seaside 36: At Sunnyvale, the Knights eliminated Seaside in a second-round Division IV contest.
Seaside was down 26-22 at half before The King’s Academy broke the game open with a 21-1 third quarter.
Ali Briscoe scored 10 points for Seaside, which ended the season 12-13.
Mountain View 62, Salinas 54: At Mountain View, the Cowboys were unable to hold on late and were eliminated from the Division I tournament.
Salinas grabbed the lead in the fourth quarter before Mountain View took it back to get the win.
Daniela Villegas made five three-pointers and totaled 19 points to lead Salinas. Marissa Villegas had 16 points.
Salinas finished the season 16-10.
North Salinas: The Vikings will play Menlo-Atherton on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Division I tournament.
Seventh-seeded Menlo-Atherton eliminated Silver Creek 52-41.
North Salinas is the No. 2 seed trying to win a tournament game for the first time in two years.