BURLINGAME -- The Burlingame boys basketball team used a balanced offensive attack to hold off a Mills comeback and post a 57-51 victory Friday in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division game.

Frankie Ferrari, Burlingame's leading scorer at 20 points per game, is something of a marked man at every outing. The Mills defense did a nice job of keeping Ferrari from getting many good looks and limited the senior guard, who has signed a letter of intent with USF, to 11 points.

But the rest of the Burlingame starting lineup did their part. In an amazing display of balanced scoring Kevin Abuyaghi, Jack Larratt and Justin Gutang each had 10 points and Nick Loew had nine.

"It was a different look tonight," Ferrari said. "They were zoning us and sending two guys at me. I hit a couple of 3s, but my mindset was to facilitate."

Ferrari had 10 assists to go with his 11 points.

"Boy, was he sharing the ball," Burlingame coach Pete Harames said of Ferrari.

Burlingame (14-3, 4-0) bombed in seven 3-pointers in the first half against the Mills zone in building a 37-24 halftime lead. Ferrari had two of those 3-pointers and made a couple of brilliant passes late in the second quarter, one to Gutang for a highlight-reel fastbreak layup and the other rifled through a host of bodies in the lane to Larratt for a layup.


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Mills came back strong in the second half led by senior guard Robert Noland, who scored a game-high 24 points. The Vikings went on an 11-1 run in the third quarter to slice Burlingame's 14-point lead to four at 43-39.

"Mills is a determined, aggressive team," Harames said. "I was impressed with them. Their zone was troublesome."

Noland scored 15 in the second half and accounted for the final 10 points scored by Mills. His basket with 51 seconds left brought Mills within 54-51, but Burlingame managed to withstand the rally.

Abuyaghi's free throw with 22 seconds to go gave the Panthers a four-point lead and Ferrari's foul shots with nine seconds left closed out the scoring.

"We have to all contribute and help Frankie out," Abuyaghi said.

Girls basketball

Mills 50, Burlingame 42: Taylor Cormier scored 14 points to lead Mills (10-6, 4-0). The Vikings are tied for first place in the PAL South with Carlmont and Hillsdale.

Mills went 6-6 in the nonleague portion of its schedule.

"It really did get us ready," Mills coach Dave Matsu said. "I knew there were a lot of good teams in the PAL this year, that's why I scheduled a tough preseason. This was a big win for us, a big win for the kids' morale."

Carlmont 57, Menlo-Atherton 38: Anisah Smith scored 24 points to lead the Scots (15-1, 4-0) over a Menlo-Atherton team that lost two games this week playing without standout point guard Emma Heath, who suffered a concussion against Sacred Heart Prep.

Hillsdale 46, Capuchino 45: Freshman point guard Raichel Tjan scored 12 points and Emily Nepomuceno had 11 as Hillsdale (11-5, 4-0) just got by previously unbeaten Capuchino.

Westmoor 52, South San Francisco 37: Marinel Alcantara had 15 points and Yazmeen Goo added 11 as Westmoor (10-6, 4-0) took over first place in the PAL North.