SAN BRUNO -- A lot of people were looking forward to the anticipated Burlingame-Half Moon Bay matchup in the Peninsula athletic League Tournament final.

Burlingame took care of its end of the semifinal bargain with a 66-53 victory over Aragon. But Mills had its own ideas about who belonged in the final. The Vikings upset Half Moon Bay 53-48 in overtime in the nightcap semifinal Friday night at Capuchino High.

Burlingame and Mills will play for the third time this season, this time for the PAL Tournament championship, Saturday at 8 p.m. at Capuchino.

"We're feeling pretty good after this one,'' said Marquis Adkins, Mills' do-it-all junior forward. "This is really good for us going into our next game, gives us a lot of confidence.''

Burlingame beat Mills in each of the two previous meetings.

"They know us, we know them,'' Adkins said. "We'll work hard on defense and try to get good shots on offense.''

Half Moon Bay (23-3) came in on a 14-game winning streak, but hadn't been tested in a long time. The Cougars had won those 14 games by an average margin of 37.7 points per game.

"We had to go with a smaller rotation,'' Half Moon Bay coach Rich Forslund said. —We didn't make a play down the stretch. Our guys weren't used to playing all those stressful minutes. They were used to sitting on the bench in the second half while subs played. It's a hard thing to prepare for when you're not in those situations.''

Going into the PAL Tournament, Half Moon Bay was considered to be a likely choice to take part in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs,

"We'll see what happens,'' Forslund said. "I don't know if we're in the Open or whether Mills is in the Open. I hope we're in there and get a chance to show what we can do.''

Mills (20-5) played outstanding defense in its active 2-3 zone throughout the game and got balanced scoring from Robert Noland, Marquez Bura, Tyl;er Wright, Jeremy Gibbs and Daniel Yu, who all scored between 8 and 11 points.

Adkins wasn't among the leading scorers, but still played a vital role.

"I can't take him out, he's just that valuable,'' Mills coach Rick Hanson said. "He's not going to put up a high number of points, but he's the team leader in rebounds, second in assists. He brings the ball up and plays every position on defense. His intelligence rubs off on the other players. His intelligence rubs off on the coaches.''

Burlingame 66, Aragon 53: Nick Loew scored 22 points and Frankie Ferrari had 21 to lead the Panthers (23-3). It was 21-19 after a fast-paced first quarter as Aragon guard Alex Manu scored nine points to keep the Dons trading baskets. But Aragon (17-9), playing without Toby Liebergesell (14.6 points per game), who was out with the flu, couldn't keep pace after that as Burlingame raced to a 19-6 advantage in the second quarter and 40-25 lead at halftime.

"In the second quarter we played some defense and that changed the game,'' Burlingame coach Pete Harames said.

Manu led Aragon with 21 points.

Girls semifinals

The PAL Girls final will be an all-North Division affair with Westmoor playing South San Francisco for the third time this season. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Capuchino.

Westmoor 73, Terra Nova 42: Westmoor turned in the most dominating performance of the day Friday at Capuchino, building a 43-14 lead at halftime and then scoring the first 11 points of the third quarter to extend the lead to 54-14.

Westmoor coach Mike Keough was able to empty his bench early.

Post player Tiara Cobbins led Westmoor (20-6) with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Marlene Alcantara and PAL North MVP Yazmeen Goo had nine apiece.

South San Francisco 50, Carlmont 42: The Warriors (17-8) turned in an excellent defensive performance in the win over Carlmont. Mira Avila scored 19 points and was part of the team defensive effort that limited Carlmont star Anisah Smith, the PAL South MVP, to 13 points.

South City has been beaten soundly by Westmoor in the two previous games -- 52-37 and 65-37.

"They're by far the best team in the PAL,'' South San Francisco coach Paul Carion said of Westmoor. "They have so many weapons, so much firepower. We will just hope they miss a few shots, try to play great defense.''