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Boys basketball: Newman holds off Analy 63-60

By RICHARDJ. MARCUS
FORTHE PRESS DEMOCRAT

SEBASTOPOL — Cardinal Newman almost gave away Tuesday night’s non-league boys basketball game against host Analy when the Cardinals went cold from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Cardinal Newman (4-1) blew a 12-point lead with 2:20 to play but ultimately held off the pesky Tigers 63-60. The Cardinals shot 11 of 18 from the free-throw line but had all seven misses in the fourth quarter when they shot 3 of 10 and kept hope alive for the Tigers. Analy shot 15 of 18 free throws for the game.

“We missed some free throws and gave Analy a chance to stay in the game,” Cardinal Newman coach Tom Bonfigli said. “Analy did a great job of penetrating to the basket.”

With the score 62-60 in favor of the Cardinals, Analy (1-2) brought the ball down the court but the Tigers’ Gabe Greenberg-Pines was picked clean by Cardinal Newman’s Kenny Love. Greenberg-Pines fouled Love with nine seconds left to send Love to the free-throw line. Love, who was back in the Cardinals lineup after missing time with an injury, hit one of two for a 63-60 Cardinals’ lead.

Analy’s final possession in the waning seconds was disorganized and the Tigers’ Jaxon Cantu missed a desperate off-balance 3-point attempt with two seconds to play.

“Kenny made the play of the game, that’s why he is one of the best players in the (Redwood) Empire,” Bonfigli said.
“Analy scored 60 points against us and that is saying something. Analy is very good.”

In the game’s opening minutes, it appeared that Cardinal Newman might blow Analy out of its own building, taking a 11-0 lead with 4:14 left in the first quarter. The Tigers had five turnovers in the game’s first three minutes.

Analy, however, clawed its way back, trailing 13-8 at the end of the first quarter and behind only 28-26 at the break.
“It’s a 32-minute game,” Bonfigli said. “You knew Analy was going to come back because they play hard and have some good players.”

The second half started similar to the first half with a Cardinals’ run fueled by careless play by the Tigers.
Cardinal Newman opened up a 44-33 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter due in part to five turnovers by Analy in five minutes. The Tigers had 15 turnovers for the game to the Cardinals’ nine.

Playing their fourth game in five days, the Cardinals seemed to lose steam in the fourth quarter, just as Analy got its second wind.
The Tigers went on a 14-3 run late in the fourth quarter. Analy’s Josiah Sorensen and Darin Newman both had five points during the Tigers’ rally.

Cardinal Newman was led by Corey Hammell with 24 points and Love with 15 points, five steals, five rebounds and five assists. Tim McCullough chipped in 11 points and Sebastian Rodrigues hauled down seven rebounds.

Analy was paced by Newman with 14 points and seven rebounds and Greenberg-Pines with 14 points.
Sorensen and Mohannad Halaweh both added 10 points.

Both of these teams have weapons,” Bonfigli said. “This was a really good win for our kids. We got the job done.”