The high-powered Dublin boys basketball offensive attack was slowed to a snail’s pace Tuesday at Monte Vista-Danville, which held the Gaels 27 points under their season average.
No worries, said Dublin coach Tom Costello. “Our defense travels very well,” he said.
The third-ranked Gaels (22-3, 11-1) slugged and scrapped just fine en route to a 51-41 East Bay Athletic League victory over the 13th-ranked Mustangs (17-7, 8-4), who wore down gradually and managed just 14 second-half points.
Anthony Roy scored 12 points for Dublin and Grant Manning and Robby Beasley chipped in eight apiece, but it was the defense, especially on the interior, which led the way. The Gaels normally fly up and down the court — 13 times they’ve scored more than 80 points, four times more than 90.
“We knew it was definitely going to be a grind, but I thought our defense was pretty darned good,” Costello said. “I’m so glad the guys have bought in. It shows a lot of unselfishness to go all in on the defensive end like that.”
Perimeter shooting by Anthony Santa Maria (three 3-pointers, game-high 13 points) and Jack Stallard helped Monte Vista take the lead for most of the second and third quarters.
Two 6-0 runs, both keyed by explosive junior guard Beasley — he made three jumpers — led to a 15-4 Dublin run starting late in the third and a 47-39 lead with 3:18 left. Four free throws in the final minute by Jaden Saunders sealed it.
Superb defense by Malik Jackson, Roy and Nick Costello helped hold Monte Vista leading scorer Nate Rutchena to 10 points, and Manning, Skylar Robinson and Patrick Renane limited second-leading scorer Kris Bortz, a 6-foot-7 senior, to two points.
A win Thursday at Dougherty Valley-San Ramon, and the Gaels will host fourth-ranked De La Salle in the EBAL playoff final Saturday.
#4 De La Salle-Concord 52, Amador Valley-Pleasanton 44: Cade Arbogast hit four 3-pointers and scored 19 points and Tim Kostolansky added 12 points as the visiting Spartans improved to 22-3, 11-1 in the EBAL. Amador Valley fell to 17-8, 7-5.
#6 Mitty 75, #7 Riordan 71: Marcus Greene scored 22 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, but it was a big defensive play and two free throws by Joseph Vaughn that sealed the home West Catholic Athletic League victory for the Monarchs (16-6, 10-2), who outscored the Crusaders 20-13 in the fourth quarter. Bryce Monroe (16 points) cut the Mitty deficit to 73-71 with a bucket with 15.8 seconds left for the Crusaders (15-7, 8-4). Justin Turner’s steal gave the ball back to Riordan with 6.5 seconds left, but Vaughn stole the ball back with 2.5 ticks left before he was fouled. He sank two free-throw tries to give the Monarchs their sixth straight win while turning around a 59-58 loss to Riordan on Jan. 16. Je’Lani Clark led Riordan with 25 points (9-for-13 shooting), 10 rebounds and five assists. Turner added 10 points. Devan Sapp had 12 points and Owen Browne and Mike Mitchell 11 points apiece for Mitty.
#12 Serra 67, #11 Bellarmine 65: Cade Rees sent the game into overtime with a bucket, then went baseline and scored on a spinning layup as time expired to give the Padres (17-5, 9-3 WCAL) the thrilling win on the road and sole possession of second place. Serra hosts Mitty on Friday night. Bellarmine senior Kiran Kruse sought to save the day for the Bells with a 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds left in overtime to tie the game 65-65. But after a timeout, Serra head coach Chuck Rapp had Julius Alcantara take the ball inbounds near midcourt. He hit Rees along the sideline and the 6-7 senior scooted quickly around a defender along the baseline and banked the ball perfectly off the glass for the game-winner.
#10 Moreau Catholic-Hayward 67, Newark Memorial 41: David Hector and Maxwell Anderson had 13 points apiece, and Glen Byrd and Leonard Turner each contributed 11 as the Mariners (18-6, 11-1 Mission Valley Athletic League) won on the road to set up an MVAL championship game Thursday at No. 9 James Logan-Union City.
Heritage-Brentwood 88, Antioch 65: Ezra Manjon returned from an injury to score 22 points, and Carson Borrelli added 16 and Joel Webb 13 as the host Patriots (17-8, 5-4 Bay Valley Athletic League) defeated Antioch (8-17, 1-8).
#1 Mitty 59, #17 Sacred Heart Cathedral 33: Stanford-bound Haley Jones had 30 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, five blocks and five steals as the visiting Monarchs (21-2, 9-0) rolled overthe Irish (9-11, 3-5).
MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The San Francisco Chronicle.
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