HAYWARD -- Jalen Dominique made a layup on a pass from Stevinair Young with one second left to give the third-seeded Mt. Eden High boys basketball team a thrilling 51-49 win over No. 14 Alameda in a North Coast Section Division II first round game on Tuesday.
Mt. Eden's final possession started with 25 seconds to go. With 11 seconds left, Young got the ball near the top of the key, drove down the left side of the lane and saw a wide open Dominique, who got the pass and went right up with it.
"He drove and saw them come in on him, and I just got ready to power it up in," Dominique said.
With the win, Mt. Eden advances to the second round, where it will host No. 6 San Lorenzo on Friday night at 7. The Monarchs split a pair of games against San Lorenzo this season, with the most recent a 55-36 loss in West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division play Feb. 13.
Mt. Eden (18-9) was eliminated in the second round of last year's Division II playoffs to section champion Newark Memorial.
Alameda (12-15) suffered a big loss when 6-foot-3 center Sam Kunz went down with a right ankle injury in the second quarter. He did not return.
Still, the Hornets managed to strike a 10-point lead with just over five minutes left in the game on a bucket from Almir Tudjinovic. But they scored just four points the rest of the way.
"We just had to stay with it and play defense," said Dominique, who scored six points.
Mt. Eden's Noel Briones led all scorers with 17 points, including two free throws that tied the game at 49-49 with 51 seconds left. Teammate Cameron Clerkley added 14 on a trio of 3-pointers and Young poured in 10.
Alameda's Chris Bussey scored 15 and teammate Keelan Doss added 14.