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High school basketball: Half Moon Bay wins Burlingame Lions Tournament

By Glenn Reeves

greeves@bayareanewsgroup.com

POSTED:   12/12/2014 10:22:38 PM PST0 COMMENTS| UPDATED:   ABOUT 11 HOURS AGO

BURLINGAME — Half Moon Bay was a Central Coast Section Open Division playoff team last season, a solid half-court team with good size that played exceptional defense.

The Cougars have picked up right where they left off.

Half Moon Bay (6-0) won their second tournament championship of the young season with a 61-49 victory Friday over Los Altos in the final of the Burlingame Lions Tournament.

That comes on the heels of a title in the Paul Spates Classic at The King's Academy last weekend.

Tommy Nuno, the tournament MVP, led the Cougars with 20 points.

"This was one of his best games,'' Half Moon Bay coach Rich Forslund said. "He's had to play point guard for us because we didn't have anyone else. Today he was assertive. Too often he tries to blend in. I've told him, 'you have to be a leader, not a blender.' And on defense he guards the other team's best player.''

Nuno had 16 points in the third quarter when he picked up his fourth foul and had to go to the bench. He came back late in the fourth quarter and added four more points.

"We lost eight seniors off last year's team, so a lot of people have had to step up,'' Nuno said. "I think we can go just as far as last year or further.''

Austin Hilton, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound junior, scored 18 points for Half Moon Bay and 6-7 Case DuFrane had 15.

Half Moon Bay dominated the first half, leading 27-14 at the break against a Los Altos team which had its way in easy wins over Burlingame and Valley Christian in the first two rounds of the tournament. Los Altos reduced its deficit to five on three occasions in the third quarter before the Cougars pulled away."They just execute so well,'' Los Altos coach Bob McFarlane said. "Their spacing is perfect and they identify where to punish the other team.''

"We'll take a million positives out of this,'' McFarlane said. "Overall we played great ''

Dan Rosenbaum led the Eagles with 17 points.