Montgomery wins Peterich Classic

ByHOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Guards Alec Kobre and Zack Templeton fueled a 30-0 run as Montgomery defeated Campolindo, 52-24, to capture the 11th annual Russ Peterich Classic on Saturday night in the Vikings’ gym.
Kobre, named the tournament’s most valuable player, got the Vikings off to a quick start by scoring all 10 of his team’s points in the first quarter. Templeton nailed three 3-point shots in the final 1:36 before halftime to put his team up by 19.
While Kobre and Templeton were going off, Montgomery’s sticky man-to-man defense was giving the visiting Moraga team fits.
No one could have imagined when Alan Hickey hit a turn-around jumper to narrow the Vikings’ lead to 7-6 with 3:50 left in the first quarter that Campolindo would not score again until midway through the third quarter.
The Cougars did not put a point on the board in the second period, and when Carl King made a free throw with 4:10 remaining in the third, the score stood 37-7. That translates to a 15-minute scoring drought.
“Montgomery’s defense did such a good job rotating that they took away our passing lanes in the middle,” Campolindo coach Matt Watson said. “They tipped away a lot of our passes that led to fast break points.
“They are a very aggressive, physical team that are well-coached. Their motion offense is also effective. If we sagged on the big man in the middle (6-foot-9 Ben Freeland), he kicked the ball back out and Kobre and Templeton killed us with their shooting.”
Winning coach Tom Fitchie was quick to praise Brian Long, who coaches the defense.
“Brian’s got the kids rotating and talking,” he said. “We’ve given up very few easy points this season.”
Montgomery is now 4-0 and is allowing an average of 34 points per game.
“We have a lot of seniors on the team and they’ve been together for a lot of years,” Fitchie said. “They play well together as a team.”
Kobre, a 6-foot-2 senior, also said familiarity has helped the Vikings get off to a fast start this season.
“I felt we played better each game as the tournament progressed,” he said. “We watched Campolindo (2-1) play Redwood in the semis and thought they were fundamentally sound. We played great defense and I thought when Templeton hit those three 3-pointers just before half, that broke their spirit.”
Kobre finished with 17 and Templeton was next with nine. Eleven Vikings scored.
In the third place game, Redwood defeated Casa Grande, 42-39. Fifth place went to California, a 47-46 winner over Monte Vista, while Dougherty Valley claimed seventh following a 66-49 victory over Vista del Lago.
Montgomery placed five players on the all-tournament team —  Kobre, Templeton, Brian McCammon, Quentin Mendoza and Karl Mimtz.
Others named to the team: Joey Rodriguez (Casa Grande), Mike Harris (Monte Vista), Noel Frazier (California), Mike Mareno and Maurice Coleman (Redwood), and Erik Baker and Carl King (Campolindo).
The tournament is named for long-time Montgomery coach Russ Peterich. He managed the school’s baseball team for 37 years. He also coached the basketball and soccer teams during his tenure. In addition, Peterich spent several years leading the junior varsity and freshman football programs and served as athletic director. He retired eight years ago.