Casa, Analy, Montgomery boys rally

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Analy, Casa Grande and Montgomery, who have emerged as three of the top teams in Sonoma County, all rallied in the second half to win opening-round tournament games on Monday.
Montgomery kept its record unblemished (8-0), but had a few anxious moments before downing Mesquite (Ariz.), 61-59.

The Vikings trailed 46-45 entering the final quarter, took the lead but missed key free throws down the stretch.

“Mesquite had several chances to beat us, but we survived,” coach Tom Fitchie said. “One time they turned it over and then, at the end, they missed a 3-pointer.”
Ben Freeland had 18 for Montgomery, followed by Alec Kobre 17 and Zack Templeton 16.
The Vikings play El Cerrito tonight at 7.

Analy, competing in the Governor’s division of the San Diego County Classic, got 36 points from Max Fujii while defeating Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita), 71-53.
Casa Grande, meanwhile, outscored Terra Linda by nine in the second half en route to a 59-54 win in the Don Bambauer Memorial at Marin Catholic.

Analy plays Mission Prep at 3:50 p.m. today. The San Luis Obispo team edged Fallbrook, 68-67, on Monday.
Casa, winner of seven straight, will face Sacramento Grant in the second round. That game starts at 3:30.
Against Tesoro (10-3), Analy led 22-21 at halftime and coach Brett Page had a straightforward message in his lockerroom talk.

“I told the guys ‘we played horrible in the first half and it’s amazing we’re ahead by one,’” he said. ‘“The way we played, we could be out of this game. Let’s go out and show how we’re capable of playing. If we do that, we’ll do fine.’”

The Tigers (9-1) started the second half with intensity, forcing turnovers and turning to Fujii to ignite the offense. The 5-foot-9 point guard responded with a 23-point half. In the game, the 145-pounder nailed seven 3-point goals.
Analy outscored Tesoro by 11 in the third quarter and six in the fourth.

“I think our constant pressure tired them out,” Page said. “The starting lineups were pretty even, but I think our bench was deeper. We were going strong late while Tesoro was tired.”
Eli Alcantar supported Fujii with 14 points. Fujii came in averaging 25. Dusty Baker had 23 for the team from the South Coast Conference.

Casa Grande (8-2) used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to overcome a 32-28 deficit.
The Gauchos scored 18 in the third while holding Terra Linda to nine. Casa turned up the defensive pressure after halftime and forced the Trojans into numerous turnovers.
Josh Hayworth and Joey Rodriguez had 15 apiece for the winners. Hayworth also had eight rebounds. Mike Best led Terra Linda (6-3) with 22.

“We better have our ‘A’ game against Grant,” coach James Forni said after watching the Sacramento team’s opening round win. They’re very athletic.”
The 16-team Bambauer Memorial runs through Thursday while the San Diego tourney ends Wednesday.