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It’s Menlo of Atherton vs. Menlo with Atherton in the Coaches vs. Cancer championship game Saturday 12/29/2017

Menlo School outscored Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, Calif.) 15-4 in overtime to win 70-59, and advance to the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament at Menlo.

Senior Mallory North and freshman Coco Layton each scored five points in overtime for the Knights (8-0), who face crosstown opponents Menlo-Atherton Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Eastside Prep in East Palo Alto. Menlo-Atherton won their semifinal 43-35 against St. Mary’s Academy of Portland, Ore.

The largest lead for either team during regulation was eight.

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My basketball friend in Queens is a stickler for certain things on the court. She would’ve gone apoplectic with 2:01 remaining in overtime.

Menlo led 62-59, and Layton was shooting free throws. Her teammates were all on the other side of the building, protecting their lead. Layton made the first to make it 63-59, but missed the second. With four Eastlake defenders under the basket, and none for Menlo but the shooter, Eastlake allowed Layton to slip through for the rebound and putback. That broke Eastlake’s spirit — they didn’t score again.

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I provided MaxPreps with score-by-score updates for two games Friday. When I called the local newspaper to ask if they wanted my brief about the Menlo game, they said they already had it in the paper from my updates.

It’s not the “Menlo in Atherton” vs. “Menlo plus Atherton” championship game tomorrow that interests me as much as the consolation game: Arroyo Grande vs. Peninsula Athletic League power Capuchino.

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