By PETER FOURNIER
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
WINDSOR — Erik Poulsen was somewhat quiet after his career-best 15 points helped Analy to a 58-49 victory over Windsor on Saturday night in the third-place game of the Windsor Shootout.
To compare, most people are speechless at the size of the Tigers’ 6-foot-10, 15-year-old sophomore, who said he hasn’t met anyone his age that is his height.
“I was just trying to help my team out,” Poulsen said. “I was just trying to play hard, and I got a couple of shots, and I was open so I took them and I made them.”
Poulsen’s 3-point field goal near the end of the first quarter cut Windsor’s early seven-point lead to just four, and he scored the final five points of the second quarter to put the Tigers up by two at the half.
Tigers’ coach Brett Page said he hopes the almost 7-foot-tall Poulsen can turn into a post presence, but that his power isn’t quite there yet. That’s when he told Poulsen to go to his other strength: shooting.
“So we told him to move outside, shoot some 3s, but you got to get in and start working in as well,” Page said.
Gabe Greenburg-Pines led Analy with 21 points but Poulsen’s big day was key. “Him having that confidence in making those shots, it kind of kept us ahead,” Page said.
“They’re playing at home for third place. He kind of kept them at bay for us.” Page added. We’re struggling a little bit so any little edge we can get helps us out and he was it tonight.”
The Tigers started slowly, allowing Windsor to go on a 7-0 run at the outset. Analy would outscore the Jaguars 28-19 after that point in the first half to escape with a short lead heading into the second.
Defense became key for the Tigers, who outscored Windsor a combined 35-18 in the second and third quarters. A barrage of three pointers, including two from Curtis Johnson at the end of the third and one by Cesar Vielma cut the Analy lead to just nine.
A basket from Adam Garcia cut it to eight points, but the Jaguars wouldn’t get any closer than that.
“We struggled scoring the ball sometimes and Analy plays good defense,” Windsor coach Travis Taylor said. “As you can tell, they’re a lot longer and taller and more athletic so that forces us into some tough shots which aren’t of a high percentage.”
The Tigers held the Jaguars to only two points through 2:39 of the third quarter, and held them to nine in the period.
“We didn’t score for literally five minutes,” Taylor said. “That’s the nature of basketball … We had open perimeter looks which we usually make that we didn’t make.”
Analy hosts Petaluma in its first Sonoma County League action on Wednesday while Windsor hosts Rancho Cotate in its first North Bay League game, also on Wednesday.
PALO ALTO WINS SHOOTOUT
Palo Alto won the tournament championship in a 62-60 thriller over McKinleyville.
McKinleyville’s Parker Farris’ 3-pointer from the top of the key with less than 10 seconds to go was too strong, and his desperation heave from near mid-court didn’t fall. Palo Alto led by one at the half and by two heading into the fourth quarter. Palo Alto’s Aldis Petriceks earned tournament MVP honors.