By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
PETALUMA — Windsor’s Casey Myers went off for 36 points and the Jaguars shot nearly 50 percent from the field Saturday night while defeating Washington (of San Francisco), 75-53, to take third place in the Brett Callan Memorial Tournament.
Myers’ big night is the second highest point total in the seven-year history of the tourney. Cloverdale’s Robby Rowland set the record when he scored 43 in 2009.
At halftime, it looked like Myers would surpass Rowland. The senior had 28 after two quarters.
Myers sat out nearly eight minutes.
“After we lost in the semifinals, I made up my mind to start being more aggressive,” Myers said.
“I got into a rhythm in the first quarter and after that, the basket looked a lot bigger. My teammates were finding me and I was able to square up and shoot.”
The 6-foot guard nailed five-of-nine from 3-point land and also hit 7 of 10 two-point shots. From the free throw line, the senior converted seven of nine.
Myers, who had been averaging 13 per game, sat out the final 3:50 and also went to the bench in the second and third quarters.
The Jaguars shot 48 percent from the field. They were also deadly from the foul line, hitting 20 of 23.
It was by far Windsor’s best offensive game of the season. The Jags came in averaging 48 and had 44 at halftime while building a 13-point advantage.
Windsor did a good job of running the court on offense, getting open looks at the basket most times down the court.
Coach Travis Taylor wasn’t aware Myers was nearing a tournament record, but said he wouldn’t have changed his substitution rotation even if he’d known.
“Casey was forcing up a couple of shots before I took him out near the end of the game,” he said.
“We were comfortably in front and I don’t want us to get into bad habits,” Taylor said.
“I was glad to see him have a good tournament. He’s been double-teamed a lot this season and has had to work hard to get open.”
Myers scored 69 points in his team’s three games here.
Alameda prevailed in the championship game, beating Fairfield, 58-56.
A tip-in by Sam Kunz at the buzzer gave the Hornets the trophy. Kunz was named the tourney most valuable player.
In other games, host Casa Grande captured the consolation championship.
The Gauchos defeated Elsie Allen, 85-50.
Seventh place went to Albany, a 62-57 winner over Petaluma.