High school basketball: Piedmont Hills wins big again

SAN JOSE — They’re tenacious on defense, fast and long along the perimeter and strong in the post, a terrific combination for comfortably winning basketball games.

The Piedmont Hills Pirates rolled once again, building a 24-point advantage at halftime Friday night on their way to a 68-41 victory over Willow Glen.

Piedmont Hills improved to 13-1 overall and 4-0 in the Blossom Valley Athletic League’s Mount Hamilton Division. But it’s not only the record that stands out. It’s the way the Pirates have won games.

Sobrato, 71-16.

Leigh, 74-51.

Leland, 77-36.

Those were the results of Piedmont Hills’ first three league games. The victory Friday means the Pirates have outscored their first four league opponents by an astounding 36.5 points per game.

“It’s a really good team,” longtime Piedmont Hills coach Pete Simos said. “Even when we make mistakes, they play so hard they make up for the mistakes. That happened constantly in this game, too.They just play so hard.”

Willow Glen brought a 10-3 record to Piedmont Hills and also was undefeated in Mount Hamilton Division play.

But the Rams were no match for their talented hosts. Piedmont Hills led 33-9 at halftime and 52-22 through three quarters.

Trent Blackshire, a transfer from Archbishop Mitty, had 14 points and Aaron Williams finished with 11 points to help the Pirates, whose only hiccup came in a 79-76 overtime loss to Sequoia in December, a game Simos described as high level by both sides.

Simos said the signs were clear in the summer that he had a really good team.

“We were dominant in the summer at times,” he said. “When Blackshire came, it just made us that much faster and better and athletic. He’s very athletic.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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