Vikings cruise in Rose City title game

By PHIL BARBER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Montgomery jumped out to a 22-10 first-quarter lead and never looked back, handling San Marin 72-47 to win the Rose City Basketball Tournament at Cardinal Newman High.

Center Ben Freeland — named tournament most valuable player — paced the Vikings with 18 points. Alec Kobre and Zack Templeton had 12 each, and point guard Quentin Mendoza added 11. John Seavey scored 17 for San Marin, but Montgomery held talented Stuart Wesonga to 11.

The Vikings improved to 7-0, and haven’t won by fewer than 14 points yet.

Cardinal Newman also started fast in the third-place game, going up 42-21 at halftime and leaving with a 74-51 victory over North Bay League rival Rancho Cotate. The Cardinals improved to 3-1, while the Cougars fell to 2-2.

Xavier McCall (19 points) and Bobby Sharp (15) led Newman, as usual, though Rancho’s Tristan Eaken led all scorers with 20 points.

In the fifth-place game, sluggish JFK of Richmond scored just 12 points in the first half and lost to Windsor, 64-33. Kameron Richardson paced the Jaguars with 15 points.

In the closest contest of the evening, Petaluma overcame a three-point deficit heading into the final quarter and beat El Molino 52-48 in the seventh-place game.

El Mo’s Jordan Nordby, JFK’s Jason Sandierfor and Windsor’s Tanner Giddings joined McCall, Sharp, Eaken, Seavey, Wesonga, Templeton and Kobre on the all-tournament team.