Boys’ basketball beats M-A in Batory’s debut
12.3.2021 –In Ben Batory’s debut as head coach, the Menlo School boys’ basketball delivered a 53-50 season-opening victory over crosstown rival Menlo-Atherton at home on Friday night.
“I couldn’t be prouder of them. They were warriors on the court and off the court because everyone contributed to this win whether they got minutes or not. Because of the pace and style they played with in practice, they were ready to go in at any time.”
Six days ago, seven of Batory’s players were in a CCS Div. II football championship. Most did not play as they recovered from an extended season. The Knights got contributions up and down the lineup.
Knights junior Lucas Vogel led all scorers with 22 points, and added six rebounds and three steals. Daniel Solomon poured in 17 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while fellow senior Eric Young dropped three three-pointers, pulled down five rebounds, blocked two shots and made four steals.
Junior Will Eggemeier had five rebounds, four steaks and three assists. Sophomore Sam Reznik also stepped in a made three steals and added four points.
The Knights led from the start, and had a 24-20 halftime advantage, but Menlo-Atherton kept within arm’s reach. Vogel made four of his nine field goals down the stretch to give Menlo the edge. Young made all three of his threes in the fourth quarter, including one to start the fourth with a 42-30 lead.
“Nobody’s going to make it easy to be good. It’s cliche but when you get knocked down you get back up. To see the kids embrace that mentality, to play with such energy and passion was exciting to see and I’m just so happy for the team.”
Menlo-Atherton 8 12 10 20 - 50
Menlo School 14 10 15 14 - 53
MA: Price 4 2-4 10. Anderson 8 2-4 20, Adams 5 1-2 11, Tomsfield 1 0-0 2, MacLeod 1 0-0 2, Lohman 1 1-2 3, Williams 1 0-0 2. Three-point goals: Anderson 2. Total: 21 6-12 Three-point goals: Anderson 2. MS: Vogel 6 9-10 22, Mead 0 0-2 0, Enright 0 0-1 0, Solomon 7 1-1 17, Eggeneir 0 1-3 1, Young 3 0-0 9, S. Resnik 1 2-2 4. Three-point goals: Young 3, Vogel, Solomon 2. Total: 17 13-19 53.