REIBT boys: Freshmen lead way in Moreau's win over Maria Carrillo

By HOWARDSENZELL
FORTHE PRESS DEMOCRAT

HEALDSBURG — Moreau Catholic, utilizing a full-court press, forced Maria Carrillo into committing 23 turnovers and went on to defeat the Pumas, 57-49, Thursday night in a boys bracket REIBT opening-round game.

The victory puts the Hayward school in tonight’s semifinal round against defending champ Marin Catholic. That game tips off at 5:30 p.m.

Moreau took control Thursday with two minutes left in the first quarter, aided by two Pumas’ turnovers. Ryan Regner drained a 3-pointer and then made a lay-up after a steal. Brandon Lawrence followed that with a steal and lay-up.

Regner and Lawrence are freshmen. In fact, at one point, the Mariners had five first-year players on the court.

“We’re young, but deep,” Moreau coach Frank Knight said. “We were able to rotate players in-and-out and force turnovers. That’s the way we like to play.

“We made a couple of 3-pointers in the first quarter to get off to a good start. That gave us the confidence to attack on defense and offense.”

Freshmen accounted for 45 of Moreau’s points. Regner led the way with 14, including four 3-pointers. Oscar Frayer scored a dozen followed by Armond Simmons with eight points. Brandon Lawrence finished with six and Richard Hampton had five.

Frayer has the potential to be a special player. At 6-foot-5, he has excellent leaping ability and a soft touch. He scored all but two of his points in the first half.

Though not as young as the Mariners, Carrillo only has two seniors on its roster.

“We’re young and learning,” first-year coach Will Parker said. “We lost all five starters from last year’s team. At this stage, the defense is ahead of the offense.

“Turnovers certainly hurt us. We have to cut down on those.”

The two seniors — John Aitchison and Julian Gonzalez — led the way. The former had a team-high 14 points, eight of those in the fourth quarter. Gonzalez, the quarterback and star defensive back on this year’s football team, scored six. Junior Connor Wright contributed nine.