COUGARS DEFEAT SANTA CRUZ TO WIN CCS CHAMPIONSHIP

With an explosive 16-0 run in the first 4:37 of the second half, Half Moon Bay took a commanding lead in the CCS D4 Championship Game at Santa Clara University's Leavey Center.  It finished the 3rd quarter leading by 18 after outscoring Santa Cruz 25-5 in the set.  Santa Cruz was never able to bring the game back to within single digits thereafter.  The contest had been a see-saw battle to that point with the Cougars giving back a 7 point 2nd quarter lead to the Cardinals who had finished the first half on a 9-0 run.  The evening started with a quick and athletic Santa Cruz team in full court press mode.  Five first quarter HMB turn overs neutralized any offensive advantage the Cougars may have enjoyed.  Field Marshall Sam Treanor's lead of the press break the balance of the game allowed HMB to run its offense which included alley-oop passes from both David Billington and Gavin Tomberlin to Ethan Menzies who finished with crowd inspiring dunks.  Perhaps the most memorable play of the game  and the tournament was in the third quarter when Menzies took on two Cardinal defenders and drove strongly to the hoop, posterizing the SC defender with a jam and being awarded an and-one in the process.   The HMB bench, which together with the partisan HMB crowd had been true 6th men, were charged a bench technical for excessive celebration.  Notwithstanding brief runs by both teams thereafter, the two opponents played evenly the rest of the night.  The Cougars game plan had been to run their offense, distribute the ball and look for their best opportunities.  It quickly became apparent, though, that the Cardinals had no answer for Menzies.  Ethan finished the night with 38 points on 17 for 23 from the field and 4 of 4 from the line.  He owned the glass with 15 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.  Treanor finished with 10 points. Tomberlin added 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Strong defensive play down low by Hayden Von Almen and Danny Mack were critical to the Cougars 2nd and 3rd quarter runs.  Leading the way for the Cardinals were Max Dehart with 14, Jeremiah Elmore with 12  and reserve guard, Makai Norman, with 11.  The victory marks the first CCS Boys Basketball Championship for Half Moon Bay since 1996 and Coach John Parsons' first both as a player and as a head coach.  Both teams have qualified for the CIF NorCal tournament which begins Wednesday where they will be facing opponents to be announced Sunday evening.