Los Altos has played under the radar this season in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League's lower division, quietly winning games and building momentum.
Saturday, the Eagles' quiet season took a loud turn. In one of the upsets of the weekend, Los Altos stunned top-seeded Westmoor 75-66 at Santa Clara High to advance to the Central Coast Section Division II boys basketball semifinals.
The eighth-seeded Eagles (19-7) will return to the same gym Tuesday to play Willow Glen for a trip to the final.
"It was a phenomenal team effort," Los Altos coach Bob McFarlane said. "Westmoor is an excellent team, and they have some spectacular athletes."
Westmoor (23-5) had received the top seed after beating El Camino to win its league tournament a week earlier.
But Los Altos, which won the SCVAL's El Camino Division with an undefeated record, clearly wasn't intimidated by its athletic opponent as it took the lead in the first half and withstood a late charge in the second.
Point guard Nate Vieira led Los Altos with 22 points, and Daniel Rosenbaum added 14.
John Mayuga had 24 points for Westmoor, and Wai Min, who attracted a lot of defensive attention from Los Altos, finished with 17.
"If you leave him one-on-one, he will score," McFarlane said of Min. "We strategized to be in early help position, basically sit in his driving lane. If he wanted to drive, he was going to have to drive into two guys."
Francisco tied the score 38-38 on a drive to the basket with about a minute left. After a Mountain View free throw broke the tie, Francisco buried the decisive 3-pointer from the top of the key.
"We just didn't want it to be our last game," said Francisco, who had 18 points. "We just put everything out there."
Leigh will play St. Francis, which beat Aragon 65-54, in the semifinals Tuesday at Santa Clara High.
Willow Glen 42, Leland 40: With Willow Glen trailing by a point, Mikey Riley hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining to give the Rams their fourth victory over Leland this season and a spot in the Division II semifinals.
"I've got to thank Taylor Meeker for giving me that pass out of the double team," Riley said. "We knew defense was going to be our key to the game. We just had to play D, and we pulled it out at the end. It was a good win."
Evergreen Valley 56, Oak Grove 46: Guru Sanghera scored 23 points as Evergreen Valley advanced to the CCS Division I semifinals.
The Cougars will play top seed Bellarmine College Prep, a 61-31 winner over Wilcox, on Wednesday at Santa Clara High.
Palma 64, Gunderson 43: Gunderson's turnaround season ended in a Division IV quarterfinal loss against second-seeded Palma at Menlo School.