Carlmont takes a tough loss to Menlo-Atherton


Nour Zabaneh

Head Coach Patrick Smith gives his team a pep talk during halftime.

Nour Zabaneh, Staff Writer

Carlmont boys varsity basketball showed a promising start but eventually fell to Menlo-Atherton 49-64 on Jan. 13.  

“We started off very poorly, but after that first quarter we looked like a completely different team,” said Menlo-Atherton head coach Mike Molieri.

Beginning the first quarter with a quick basket from sophomore LaJuan Nelson, followed by strong defensive leadership from seniors Daniel Zorb and Jacob Lloyd, the game seemed to be in the Carlmont’s favor.  The team continued to shut down Menlo’s top scorers and rebound well and ending the first quarter 16-14.

“In the first quarter we probably played the best quarter of basketball we have ever played, but by the second quarter we started to lose it,” said Zorb.

After an intense pep talk from Coach Molleri, the Bears came back aggressive and energized ready to take back the lead. Carlmont continued to push, but Menlo’s intensity was too high and they ended up taking the lead 27-34 by the end of the half.



“They started to come back, and then we put our heads down and gave them too much respect,” said sophomore Sho Takashi.

Both teams came back ready for battle, and as soon as the third quarter whistle was blown the high intensity began again. Carlmont’s play slowly began to diminish again and the quarter ended 47- 60.

“Coach said we were playing like we thought we were better than them, but towards the end we were playing like we thought they were the better team.” said Zorb.

Menlo continued to dominate for the remainder of the game ending with a score of 49-64.   

Carlmont’s record now stands 1-1, and they will face Menlo-Atherton again at home on Feb. 8.

“Carlmont is much improved. Their big guy killed us and playing home versus away is a big difference, so this next game will be exciting,” said Coach Molleri.

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