Aubrey Dawkins did a little bit of everything in the third quarter Friday night as visiting Palo Alto raced to a 20-point lead.
But the night didn't end early for Dawkins as Homestead charged back in the closing minutes against Palo Alto's reserves to close to within single digits.
Palo Alto ultimately held off the long-distance shooting Mustangs to win the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game 77-63.
With his dad, Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins, watching from the stands, Dawkins finished with 26 points -- 15 in the third quarter.
The younger Dawkins said "it's always fun" having his dad at a game.
"A littler nervous sometimes, but I get over it," he said.
There were few nerves for Palo Alto (13-1, 4-0 league) when the 6-foot-5 Dawkins and the Vikings' regulars were on the court Friday. They moved the ball well, created good shots and were simply too much for Homestead.
But it was by no means a perfect performance.
"I thought we started off pretty well," Palo Alto coach Adam Sax said. "We played pretty hard at the start, pressured the ball. We were rebounding well, got some transition baskets. But we lost a little energy in the second half."
And Homestead's shooters got hot -- really hot.
Held to 16 points through the first two quarters, the Mustangs made six 3-pointers and scored 25 points in the third quarter. They added three more 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish the
But even as Homestead (6-9, 1-2) started burying shots from beyond the arc, Palo Alto still led by 17 entering the final quarter and by 20 when Kenny Jones converted a three-point play.
Homestead went on a 17-6 run and cut Palo Alto's lead to 67-58 with 2:43 left. Sax then summoned Dawkins and the other starters from the bench, and they closed out the Vikings' 11th consecutive victory,
"We played well together," Dawkins said. "We didn't shoot the ball necessarily that well, but we played good defense."
Dawkins scored many of his points on soft jumpers, fast breaks and alley-oops. He also skied high for rebounds, passed well and had a couple of steals.
"My 3s weren't falling, but I still found a way to score," he said.
Troy Whitford led Homestead with 22 points.
Burlingame 63, Capuchino 18: Senior guard Connor Haupt netted 22 points, 15 on 3-pointers, and the Panthers held the Mustangs to just eight second-half points.
Wilcox 54, Los Gatos 37: Caitlin Brown had 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and Joesetta Fatuesi added 14 points to lead the Chargers (14-1, 2-1) past the Wildcats (5-10, 1-3) in a SCVAL De Anza Division game.
Eastside Prep 42, Sacred Heart Prep 40: Forward Hashima Carothers scored 22 points as the Panthers (9-5, 1-1 West Bay Foothill Division) edged the Gators (11-3, 0-2). Guard Melissa Holland led Sacred Heart with 16 points.
Los Gatos 4, Gunn 1: McKenzie Flood scored a goal and had two assists as the visiting Wildcats (9-1-1, 4-0) remained undefeated in SCVAL De Anza Division play.