by Josh Morgan
The Las Lomas boys basketball team, as has become expected in recent years, are putting together a strong season that puts them in prime position to make a run at NCS.
The Knights have been led by an experienced starting lineup this year that features Senior guard Niko Kieffer, Senior guard Gordy Lindsay, Senior guard Zach Patterson, and Junior guard Dustin Marquart. Junior forward Marco Balestrieri rounds out the team’s usual starting lineup. Junior forward Dominic Barker and senior Casey Cappo are two of the Knights top players off of the bench. The team has been at its best this year when they have been able to limit the opposing teams scoring with stout defense and when they shoot well from three point line.
The Knight’s resumé has been boosted by an incredible 11-2 non-league record, but they are in the middle of the pack when it comes to league standings, with schools such as Campolindo and Clayton Valley leading the way for the Diablo Athletic League.
Despite a middling league record, the team has put together a few strong wins that surely will boost their NCS candidacy. After losing to Northgate in the first Battle of the Creek, the Knights were able to bounce back three weeks later to beat Northgate at home by a score of 49-46. The game started off very slow, with the Knights failing to score in the first quarter, but a strong defensive effort kept them in the game and led to a thrilling victory.
Another impressive victory for the Knights was a win over Miramonte early in the league schedule, as Miramonte and Las Lomas are both stuck in the middle of the pack in the league at the moment. However, later in the season at Miramonte’s Senior Night, they convincingly beat Las Lomas to move back into sole possession of third place in the league.
Arguably the biggest win of the season came against second place Clayton Valley, where the Knights were able to score an impressive away victory by just two points. Las Lomas joined Campolindo and College Park as the only teams to beat Clayton Valley in league play this year.
The Knights found themselves with a #4 seed in NCS, and easily beat #13 seed Santa Rosa. They will face #5 seed Alameda in the quarterfinal round. With a win, they would face the winner between #1 seed San Ramon Valley and #8 seed Tamalpais, with the winner going to the championship. #2 seed De Anza, #10 seed Montgomery, #3 seed Washington, and #6 seed Newark Memorial will battle it out in the other half of the bracket for the other spot in the championship.