The Monte Vista High boys basketball team used a 23-4 run in the first half to blow open Friday's East Bay Athletic League game against host San Ramon Valley and coast to a 63-40 win.
Trevor John scored 11 of his 19 points in the third quarter to turn the game into a runaway.
"We were just playing great team basketball," John said of the run that bridged the first and second quarters. "We play hard-nosed defense, and that's what got us through."
Monte Vista (20-6, 11-3 EBAL) forced 12 turnovers in the first half and 17 for the game.
San Ramon Valley (13-12, 7-6) actually had the early lead, going up 8-4 in the first couple minutes. The Wolves held their last lead at 10-8, but that's when things fell apart. The Mustangs put together runs of 12 and seven points.
"Tonight they probably played one of their best games of the year," San Ramon Valley coach John Raynor said of Monte Vista. "In terms of having everyone on, great pressure defense took us out of offensive sets, challenged us physically. So hats off to them, they're a quality team.
"We played probably our worst game. It's hard to recover when you're playing a quality team."
The Wolves had a tough night shooting, making just 14 of 49 (29 percent) from the floor and just 4 of 15 (27 percent) from 3-point range.
Spencer Rust had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs. San Ramon Valley was led by Scott Fisher and Haris Arghandiwal with eight points
North Coast Section Commissioner Gil Lemmon said it was a decision of an NCS appeal panel that Hercules forfeit three of those games, and a decision by himself that it forfeits to Galileo. It was because of an ineligible player, Lemmon said.
Hercules' record is now 17-10 overall and 9-1 in Tri-County Athletic League-Stone Division play.
-- Phil Jensen
BVAL Championships: Liberty High standout wrestler Austin Solari put an exclamation mark on the Bay Valley Athletic League, winning the 134-pound division at the BVAL championships at Deer Valley High.
Solari, who entered the championships ranked No. 9 in the state according to thecaliforniawrestler.com, scored a 15-0 technical fall over Tyler Bennett of Freedom in the final to cap an incredible league career with his fourth straight league championship in four different weight classes.
"I felt pretty good out there, had everything working for me," Solari said.
Solari now turn his attention to the North Coast Section championships, as he is expected to receive one of the top two seeds in the 134-pound class. The meet starts next Friday at Newark Memorial High.
In his first three years, Solari has come away with a second-, third- and fifth-place finish at NCS.
"I definitely want to win NCS this year and place in state," he added. "Winning NCS was my No. 1 goal coming in."
As a team, Liberty easily won the team title after finishing with 246.5 points and had seven individual champions as well as four second place finishers.
Liberty's Zach Hanson, ranked No. 10 in the state at 184, won by injury default over Michael Carr of Heritage.
In the 287-pound class, top-seed Deer Valley's Rangel Lowry was pushed to the limit by Kirk Sullivan (Freedom), before Lowry pulled out a 3-1 double-overtime decision. Lowry scored on a reversal in the final minute of the match.
-- Tony Gonsalez correspondent