Basketball Bruins win thriller in Game 1 of CCS playoffs
On Tuesday, the CCS Division I quarterfinal match between No.3 seed Santa Clara Bruins and No.6 seed Palo Alto Vikings pitted an “underdog” who had actually beaten the favorite two-way. times during the season. Santa Clara won the De Anza League this season with a 10-2 record, but those two losses came against the Vikings, who finished third in the league at 7-5.
The Bruins came out hungry for revenge in this one. Seeking to avoid a 0-3 against league rivals, Santa Clara took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Junior Ralph Torda scored eight of the Bruins’ top 10 points. At first it seemed like the game might be a route. However, Palo Alto kept coming back with small gusts. While the Vikings consistently trailed in double digits in the first three quarters, they never fell more than 13 behind. Despite falling 12 in the fourth quarter, Palo Alto rallied in the final quarter. A whopping three points with 37.6 seconds remaining put them three points closer to 43-40.
Second year of Santa Clara Kedawee Teka drained two clutch free throws to push back the lead to 45-40 only for Palo Alto to drain three more runs with 8.1 seconds left. At 45-43 years old, Bruins senior Frédéric ramos went to the line. After taking the first free throw, Ramos missed the second, but the Bruins’ big man Harry nauci came with the rebound and layup put in place to freeze the game at 48-43. The Bruins will now face second-seeded Piedmont Hills in Thursday’s semifinal.
“These guys have been in the gym shooting, texting me ‘I think we should do this; I think we should do it ”, and I sent them a movie of our other two games. [against Palo Alto], the areas we need to clean up, ”Bruins said Head Coach Tony McGilvery after the victory. “So they were in it mentally, they were ready. They came out and Palo Alto had just six points in the second quarter. “
Santa Clara’s high-pressure defense kept the Vikings largely at bay. When Palo Alto ran his races, the Bruins pulled off some tough, close shots. During this second quarter when the Vikings had reduced the deficit to 10-6, the top guard Jiovhani Toledo pierced a three-point pointer with a defenseman in the face to extend the lead to seven. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Vikings halved the 12-point deficit and grew to 39-33 with a just under four minutes to play. When is it Teka fell into a hard float to extend the lead to eight.
“Kedawee brings a lot to the team, especially being just a sophomore, ”said Torda on the effort of his young teammate. “He’s been doing this since the start of the season and yet he also seems to get better and better with every game.
“It’s a move he believes in,” added Mcgilvery at Tekais big float. “And it was huge.”