The Menlo School boys’ basketball team came back from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to prevail over Mission 61-59 on Saturday.
Mission came out clicking on all cylinders in the first half and finished with a 39-30 halftime lead. The second half was a completely different story as Menlo’s defense picked up, and the Knights’ offense recorded the highest total so far this year.
Mission opened the fourth with two 3s and a layup to take a 54-43 lead. After a timeout, the Knights (3-3) went on a 7-1 run to cut the lead to five with about 3 minutes remaining in the game.
A basket by Jack Heneghan with 50 seconds left to pull within three. Mission came down and missed as the shot clock ran down and Bobby Roth raced down and was fouled as he made the layup plus the free throw to tie the game at 59-59. Heneghan put the game away on the next play as he scored inside to take a 61-59 lead. On the next play, Mission’s Antoine Porter’s shot was blocked by Ryan Young who kept the ball in the play and advanced it to Peter Bouret who was fouled. Ryan Young secured the offensive rebound as time expired to give us our third win in a row.
Roth scored 19 and had four rebounds and three steals while Heneghan dropped 18 points and had five rebounds and four steals. Liam Dunn (10 points, five rebounds) had an outstanding performance. Young finished with nine points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
“The great thing about tonight is I told the guys during the fourth quarter when were down that we had been here before (tough situations),’’ Coach Delandro Leday said.
“I reminded them that we have had success the last two games by staying the course and trusting ourselves which as a coach is all you can ask for from your players and that is to simply believe we always have a chance if we do the things we know how to do.’’
Team 1 2 3 4 Tot. Mission 20 19 7 13 59 Menlo 17 13 13 18 61
Scoring – M: Roth 5 5-6 19, Heneghan 9 0-1 18, Dunn 0 10-12 10, Bouret 1 0-2 2, Young 3 3-5 9, Barratt 0 3-6 3.
Three-point goals: Roth 4.
Total: 18 21-32 61.