The Foothill High boys' basketball squad defeated San Ramon Valley and Amador last week to finish out its strong regular season campaign.
The week started with a win 56-53 over San Ramon Valley. On the final Friday of the EBAL season, the Falcons traveled across town to face Amador, completing the season sweep with a 58-44 win.
Foothill came out on fire, taking a 16-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 25-15 lead at the end of the first half, thanks in large part to an excellent defensive effort.
But Amador charged back, scoring the first 10 points of the third quarter to tie the game at 25-25. Peter Ernst, a senior playing his last game at home for the Dons had six of the 10 points as he moved underneath and controlled the key.
The Falcons rallied right back in the jam-packed gym, scoring 10 straight points of their own to jump the lead to 35-25. Amador added a bucket right at the end of the quarter and Foothill went into the last quarter leading by eight. In the fourth, the Falcons kept the pressure on and pulled away for the win.
Seth Cobb, playing his final regular season game for the Falcons, was almost unstoppable, scoring 27 points on an assortment of outside shots and well-timed drives to the basket. William Lewis added 10 points for Foothill.
Shaun Kienhofer was his usual calming presence on the floor for Foothill and fellow seniors Michael Climent and Garrett Wrenn had big games playing the final regular season game for Foothill.
Also last week, the Foothill girls' basketball team finished its strong East Bay Athletic League season with a pair of wins last week
Last Tuesday, the Falcons went to Danville to face San Ramon Valley and came away with a 37-28 win. The game was a defensive, physical game. Pacing the Falcons was Caroline McMorrow with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Two days later the Falcons played host to Amador Valley for Senior Night. The Falcons celebrated the careers of seniors McMorrow, Sophia Brown, Alyson Isaacs, Haley Isaacs, and Allison Harizal with a 43-29 win.
The Falcons finished in second place with a 10-4 record. All the seniors contributed to the win. McMorrow led the way with 23 points and six rebounds, with Brown adding six points, 11 rebounds and an outstanding defensive effort.
The Foothill girls braved the weather last Wednesday, travelling to Union City to take on James Logan in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs.
The two teams battled each other as well as the weather before the Falcons pulled out the thrilling 1-0, overtime win. The poor weather conditions made possession difficult. As a result neither team had many solid scoring chances until the Falcons broke through in overtime.
Ariana Nino was able to gain control of the ball 30 yards from goal and after making a short run straight to goal laced a shot past the keeper five minutes into overtime to secure the win.
The win put the Falcons into the quarterfinals against San Ramon Valley, but the team dropped a 2-0 decision to the Wolves, ending their season.
Justin Phillips scored the only championship for the Foothill boys' team, taking the title at 113 pounds in the EBAL Championship Meet last Saturday. Cameron Ghoddoucy and Seyong Chang were fourth in their respective weight classes and Jeevan Bal was fifth in his.
Phillips will be joined by Ghoddoucy (145) and Chang (145) in the NCS tournament this Friday and Saturday.
In the JV tournament, Alex Neilsen and Blake Bettencourt were second place finishers, with Camden McFarlane and Navid Tehranian finishing fourth.