REDWOOD CITY -- The Westmoor basketball team was beaten soundly by El Camino in two previous games this season, losing by 20 at El Camino and by 23 at home in league play.
But on Saturday the Rams put an end to El Camino's 14-game winning streak with a 72-60 victory in the Peninsula Athletic League Tournament boys basketball championship game at Sequoia High.
The third time was the charm.
Westmoor (23-4) put on an exhibition of high-quality offensive basketball, scoring in transition, bombing in nine 3-pointers and converting on a number of half-court sets utilizing cut-and-pass ball movement.
"We played our hearts out," said Westmoor team leader Wai Min, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds. "We played all out and played as a team."
The 6-foot Min scored most of his points inside, using his upper-body strength to get off his shots. It was his offensive-rebound basket at the buzzer that gave Westmoor a 48-47 win over Burlingame in the semifinals.
"He's got quick hops," Westmoor coach Herb Yaptinchay said. "He gets up quicker than anyone else, and he has good timing."
John Mayuga also had 22 points, making four 3-pointers. Errol Fernandez had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Quite a turnaround for a Westmoor team that went 8-17 last season.
"This is really special," Yaptinchay said. "It's great for the kids, great for the school. We've got eight seniors who have been through some hard times. From the beginning we were looking for respect. We fight for it every time out."
Michael Smith scored 26 points for El Camino (22-5), and Elijah White added 22. Those two have carried the scoring load all season for the Colts, but on this occasion it was not enough.
Westmoor opened a 10-point lead at halftime and blew the game open in the second half, building its biggest lead at 64-45.
Burlingame 56, Westmoor 46: Burlingame sharpshooter Dana Michaels was scoreless at halftime, and her team trailed Westmoor 21-20 at the break.
Michaels made up for lost time in the third quarter, knocking down three 3-pointers and scoring 13 points to help the Panthers to a 21-point quarter and a 10-point lead, a lead that stood up until the end in the girls championship game of the PAL Tournament.
Michaels added one more 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, giving her 96 for the season.
"We don't specifically work on 3-point shooting, we just practice shooting and Dana practices every day," Burlingame coach Bill Lepeltak said. "When you have special players they do special things."
Lauren Rally also scored 16 for Burlingame (25-2).
"Lauren was really good tonight, she made great decisions," Lepeltak said. "At the end of the quarter she had the ball and could have taken a shot, but she made the extra pass and Dana hits a 3 to give us our first double-digit lead."
Westmoor (20-6), which gave away 3 to 4 inches as well as experience to Burlingame at every position, starts four sophomores and one junior. The Rams used their quickness to convert several fast-break baskets at the game's outset, getting off to a 9-2 lead.
But Burlingame also likes to play fast and soon got into a rhythm.
Yazmeen Goo led Westmoor with 15 points. Marlene Alcantara had 12.
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