SAN MATEO -- Nick Frankel was in a quandary. A 3-point shooter whose shot wasn't falling, Frankel followed the advice every basketball coach he's had has given him.
Frankel, scoreless in the first half and with only one point through three quarters, scored eight points in the fourth quarter and eight more in overtime, including the game-winner -- a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime that gave Aragon a 56-53 win over Carlmont in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division game at Aragon.
"You've just got to move on to the next shot,'' said Frankel, who has made 66 3-pointers in 20 games and leads Aragon in scoring at 16.9 per game. "I used to be real hard on myself for stuff like that. You have to have mental toughness. The only way out of a cold streak is to keep shooting.''
Frankel hit a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left in overtime to give Aragon (15-5, 6-2) a 53-50 lead. Carlmont's Michael Costello tied it with a 3-pointer of his own with 12 seconds left.
Aragon, which has adopted an ultra-accelerated, hurry-up style reminiscent of Paul Westhead's Loyola Marymount teams, rushed the ball back upcourt without calling timeout. The ball went from Frankel to Alex Manu and back to Frankel who hit the shot at the buzzer.
"We were going to win or lose playing our style,'' Aragon coach Sam Manu said. "What I liked was that Nick still had his legs at the end. The boys are getting conditioning playing this fast pace in practice.''
Aragon pressed Carlmont (15-5, 4-4) the entire game and forced 24 turnovers. But the Scots, normally a deliberate half-court team, decided to take the open driving lanes to the hoop that the extended Aragon defense was providing.
"We don't have the kind of team that can handle that kind of pressure,'' Carlmont coach Dave Low said. "I felt we'd better take the first good open shot we got.''
The result was a whole lot of traded baskets and a very close game -- Carlmont's six-point lead in the second quarter was the biggest lead of the game.
Frankel led Aragon with 17 points. Manu added 16. Costello led Carlmont with 18 points.
Archbishop Mitty 58, St. Francis 35: Aaron Gordon scored 14 and Matt McAndrews added 10 for the Monarchs (16-4, 10-0 West Catholic Athletic League), the No. 1 team in the Mercury News rankings.
Serra 64, Riordan 56: Henry Caruso scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Padres (17-3, 8-2). Jacqui Biggins and Sean Watkins had 12 points apiece.Andre Miller scored 10. Matt Jajeh scored eight points and had 13 rebounds. Burlingame-transfer Frankie Ferrari led the Crusaders with 14 points. Chiefy Ugbaja scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds for Riordan (13-7, 4-6).
Bellarmine 59, Valley Christian 35: Jackson Gion scored 16 points to pace the Bells (15-5, 5-5).
Mitty 3, St. Francis 2: Marquel Love scored two goals and Ashley Kirchick's goal in the 72nd minute proved to be the difference as the Monarchs (14-0-4, 9-0-1) won the WCAL showdown. Mitty clinched no worse than a share of its third consecutive WCAL regular-season title.
Burlingame 53, Menlo-Atherton 49: Dana Michaels scored 19 points, knocking down four 3-pointers, to lead Burlingame (18-2, 7-1 PAL South). Emma Heath scored 18 points for Menlo-Atherton (10-10, 6-2).
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