Peterich Classic: Cardinal Newman leads all the way

RESULTS & SCHEDULE
12th annual Russ Peterich Viking Tip-off Classic
At Montgomery High School

Thursday’s results
Campolindo 67, Cordova 60
Monte Vista 54, Liberty 33
Cardinal Newman 59, Redwood 44
Montgomery 65, Vista del Lago 46

Friday’s games
Consolation bracket

Redwood vs. Cordova, 4 p.m.
Liberty vs. Vista del Lago, 5:30 p.m.
Championship bracket
Newman vs. Campolindo, 7 p.m.
Monte Vista vs. Montgomery, 8:30 p.m.

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Corey Hammel had a double-double as Cardinal Newman led all the way in defeating Redwood, 59-44, in an opening-round game of the 13th annual Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic Thursday night.

The victory sends the Cardinals into a second-round matchup with Campolindo. The Cougars, the defending champs, outlasted Cordova, 67-60.

Hammel finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Cardinals needed him to step up because two of their best players saw limited action.

Kyle King, coming back from meniscus surgery, played sparingly, and Kenny Love twisted his left ankle in the third quarter and didn’t return. Love, who led Newman in scoring last year, finished with six points while King had four.

Hammel picked up the scoring slack when Love went out, hitting 4-of-5 from the field in the quarter.

“Kenny is our best player and the heart of our team,” Hammel said. “When he went down, we all took it to another level.

“We stress defense and rebounding and I thought we did a good job after kind of a slow start.”

The Cardinals led by 13 when Love was injured.

With Hammel leading the way, Newman dominated the boards by a 40-to-20 margin. Six-foot-6 Sebastian Rodrigues was right behind Hammel with nine rebounds.

Redwood hit only 1-of-11 from the field in the first quarter and fell behind, 13-5. The Giants never got the lead under double digits in the second half.

Redwood opened the season with a 54-50 win at Maria Carrillo. The Cardinals blew out American Canyon, 76-33, in their only game.

“For our first real competition of the season, I thought the kids did a good job,” said Cardinals coach Tom Bonfigli. “Defensively, we played very well in the first half. We held them to four field goals.” The Giants stayed in contention by converting 8-of-9 free throws before intermission.

Redwood wound up hitting 32 percent from the field while Newman made 42 percent of its shots.

Guard Tim McCullough had a solid game, scoring 14 points. Peter Kennedy was the only Redwood player in double figures. The junior had 11.

In the final game of the opening round, host Montgomery defeated Visa del Lago, 65-46.

Tonight at 8:30, the Vikings will play Monte Vista. The Mustangs defeated Liberty, 54-33.

Alec Raven put on a show for Montgomery. He scored 22 and at one point, the 6-foot-4 junior made eight shots in a row.

The Vikings led 11-4 after one quarter and 32-19 at halftime.

Vista del Lago is coached by Montgomery alum Matt von Tillow.