Monte Vista High boys basketball player Anders Turner says all the team talks about in practice is defense, defense, defense.
The Mustangs put their mindset to good use in a stunning 49-40 upset of host De La Salle on Tuesday night in East Bay Athletic League action, snapping the Spartans 10-game league winning streak.
The result kick-starts the Nick Jones era as Monte Vista's new coach, coming a week after the Mustangs were stunned by California in their league opener.
"We need to keep grinding. That's been the theme, grinding and grinding," Jones said. "A win at De La Salle is huge."
In a surprise ending, the Spartans (11-2, 2-1 EBAL) were outscored 18-6 in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs (11-3, 2-1) made clutch shots and the hosts managed one point over the final 2:54.
Turner's one-hander with 50 seconds left upped the margin to 45-40, and Rishi Satoor, who had seven of his eight points in the fourth quarter, clinched it with four straight free throws over the final 16 seconds as De La Salle had to foul.
"We just stuck together the whole time," Turner said.
Mustangs' 6-foot-8 junior Spencer Rust had 13 points and blocked four shots in a courageous effort against the physical Spartans, who suffered their first EBAL home loss since February 2011 against San Ramon Valley.
After De La Salle captain Elliott Pitts' 3-pointer cut the deficit to 40-39 with 2:54 remaining, Monte Vista's Steve Oliveira answered with a field goal 14 seconds later. De La Salle managed one more point.
Moreau Catholic 65, Newark Memorial 47: Host Moreau Catholic used its inside-out game in a Mission Valley Athletic League win over Newark Memorial (11-3, 1-1).
Moreau (10-4, 2-0) got 15 points and six rebounds from guard/forward Kaitlin Leguidleguid, who played nearly three quarters with a trio of fouls. The senior was held scoreless in the first half but scored 10 of her team's 18 points in the third quarter.
The inside game was paced by 5-foot-11 center Remy Puou, who scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
After a sluggish first half, the Mariners added some separation in the third quarter with a 14-4 run to take a 40-27 lead.
Newark's Taylor Norman scored 19 points and teammate Ni'yesha Brown added 15 and seven rebounds.
The Cougars got to within 40-39 on a Brown 3-pointer with 4:02 left in the game, but the Mariners responded with a 16-7 run.
-- Steve R. Waterhouse, correspondent
Monte Vista 63, Carondelet 60: The host Mustangs (13-2, 3-0 EBAL) held a 40-35 lead after three quarters and hung on to snap the Cougars' 54-game EBAL winning streak.
Lily Wissinger had 13 points for Monte Vista, which had four players score in double figures. Natalie Romeo of Carondelet (10-3, 2-1) led all scorers with 24 points.