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Half Moon Bay's Case DuFrane shoots over a pair of Terra Nova defenders during the Cougars' 63-43 win over the Tigers in the third-place game of the Skyline tournament Monday.
When the Terra Nova boys’ basketball team took on Half Moon Bay in the third-place game of the 34th annual Skyline College High School Basketball Tournament at Skyline College Monday, the Tigers were at a definite disadvantage.
Terra Nova coach Kenny Milch had only six players available — it was supposed to be seven until a family emergency erased a potential body.
Half Moon Bay, on the other hand, was at full strength. And despite losing two key pieces from last season’s Peninsula Athletic League North Division championship squad, the cupboard is far from bare for the Cougars.
It was Half Moon Bay’s superior depth — as well as talent — that ultimately led to a 63-43 win.
“I thought we played pretty well,” said Half Moon Bay coach Rich Forslund. “It’s summer. I don’t want to be a well-oiled machine in the summer.”
The Cougars jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead behind three straight buckets from Ryan Yerby — including a pair of 3-pointers — and were never really threatened.
Case DuFrance, a senior center, led the Cougars with 12 points, while Yerby finished with 11. In all, Half Moon Bay had eight different players score.
Despite graduating center Rico Nuño and shooting guard Corey Cilia, Forslund still has lofty expectations for his club.
“I expect big things out of this group,” Forslund said. “It’s been a good summer for us.”
Terra Nova was led by Gerald Colvin, who finished with a game-high 16 points, while Jared Milch finished with 13.
The Tigers, however, were completely worn out trying to play with a short bench. In the second half, Terra Nova managed just 19 points and made only three field goals.
Terra Nova coach Kenny Milch was just thrilled in playing in the third-place game, however, considering the road the Tigers took to get there. The Tigers beat Burlingame in the round of 16, 63-56. In the quarterfinals, Terra Nova knocked off Serra, 53-52.
The Tigers ran out of steam in the semifinals, however, falling to James Logan-Union City, 72-56. They had nothing left for the Cougars.
“We’re not supposed to be here (playing in the third-place game),” Kenny Milch said. “What they did is nothing short of a minor miracle.”
Milch said his squad has had to deal with more than just the normal summer absences, whether it be vacation, work or conflicting schedules with other sports.
“Ours has gone beyond the norm,” Milch said.
Terra Nova was missing three starters — it’s entire frontcourt — and a number of other players due to some freak instances and one serious medical issue. Milch said he’s had two players miss time because of wisdom teeth being extracted. Another had surgery for a deviated septum. A fourth had a partially detached finger reattached. A fifth suffered a concussion.
And then there was a sixth player who had several surgeries to deal with a collapsed lung and a heart issue.
The good news for Milch and the Tigers is the backcourt appears to be set with point guard Colvin and shooting guard Jared Milch. Both scored over 20 in the win over Burlingame; Colvin added 21 and Milch 11 in the victory over Serra, while Milch had 21 and Colvin 15 in the semifinal loss to Logan.
Menlo-Atherton 64, San Mateo 31
The Bears had an easy time with the Bearcats in the consolation final of the Skyline tournament Tuesday as M-A could not miss and San Mateo could not make baskets in the opening minutes of the game.
M-A opened the game on a 19-2 run and were never seriously threatened.
Tim Anderson led the way for the Bears, scoring a game-high 21 points. He had 10 in the opening half and came out on fire to start the second, stroking back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to push his team’s lead to 48-22 with 17:14 left in the second half.
San Mateo struggled to contain the M-A frontcourt as center Ryan Cole and forward Reed Fratt had their way inside. Cole scored 13 and Fratt added 12 in the win.
San Mateo was led by Ben Ujuhara, who finished with 14 points.