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Basketball Legends

December 15, 2015


Last seasons’ captains Daniel Rosenbaum and Sami Nassif ‘15 embrace after winning the school’s first CCS boys basketball championship ever. Talon file photo.

The varsity boys basketball team’s run to the CCS championship was reminiscent of any classic underdog story. Entering the CCS championship as a sixth seed and with a 14-15 record overall, Los Altos found itself up against the favored, first-seeded Leland Chargers. Despite thier lower seeding, the Eagles had ramped their game up to a new level of intensity.

“[When] we [saw] the stage we [were] on, we rose and played like a championship team,” Thomas Kelleher ‘15 said.

While the story of the Los Altos team is great, the game proved to be even better. Initially, Los Altos found themselves in a 34-21 hole after the first half. Determined to not let history repeat itself, the Eagles surged in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents 18-9, essentially erasing Leland’s lead and setting the faithful Blue Crew alight. With 21.1 seconds left in the game, down 54-52, a last second layup from former team captain Daniel Rosenbaum ‘15 forced the game to overtime. With the Eagles’ momentum building, it was clear that it was going to be a night to remember.

“We just didn’t give up,” Kyle Cumagun ‘15 said. “We kept playing, even when we were making mistakes. We just kept playing through it.”

The team kept the energy high in overtime, and continued its success from the second half. As the clock wound down, Rosenbaum sunk key free throws to seal the game, and the Eagles won by a final score of 63-59 in a night that Los Altos athletics will never forget.

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