By PETER FOURNIER
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
When the Analy High boys basketball needed a response to blowing an 11-point lead to Healdsburg, Josiah Sorensen became the answer.
Sorensen went on a charge, scoring the first 11 points of the second half for Analy, finishing with 23, leading the Tigers to the Sonoma County League tournament title in a 72-47 victory over the Greyhounds at Haehl Pavilion on Saturday night.
The Tigers’ captain said there was nothing fancy about his scoring burst.
“I had a good feeling about it,” Sorensen said. “I trusted my teammates to get me the ball, set my feet and shoot the ball.”
Healdsburg started the second half on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 31-31. Sorensen responded seconds later with a three. The Greyhounds tied it on a shot-clock buzzer trey by Cameron Lutz. Sorensen responded with a basket to put the Tigers up by one and back-to-back 3-pointers to push the advantage to seven.
“I thought that it’s been a long time coming,” Analy coach Brett Page said. “It’s great because he’s coming down on the end of his career. He’s been a great guard for us and we kind of expected more of that this year.”
The Tigers pulled out to a 10-point lead at the end of three periods and outscored Healdsburg by 15 in the fourth to run away. The tie at the start of the second half was the closest the Greyhounds got to taking a lead.
“I think it went from being tied to being down by nine in a blink of an eye,” Healdsburg coach Nick Galvan said. “Our game plan was to definitely not lose sight of Sorensen. He’s their streaky shooter. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him shoot so well.”
Page knew his team could take control down the stretch.
“The one thing we like to pride ourselves on is our fourth quarter conditioning and our senior leaders,” Page said. “I knew eventually that they would step up and take care of the game.”
Sorensen said he’s just one of three other Analy seniors who can get that hot.
“We have four great seniors on this team,” he said. “Any of us can catch fire. It’s just about getting them the ball when they catch fire and I think it’s great that we have so many good players and so much good talent on the team because it goes really far once you reach playoffs.”
Analy started off hot, getting ahead on a 7-0 run until a three by Lutz broke it. The Tigers pulled ahead to a 9-2 lead before Greyhounds coach Galvan called time.
A three by Healdsburg’s Jordan Vega cut the lead to four at the start of the second quarter. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Sorensen, however, bumped the Tigers’ lead back up to 11 with 4:13 left in the second.
The Greyhounds would outscore the Tigers 9-4 down the stretch to trail by six at the half. Officials issued a scoring correction when both teams went into their locker rooms.
Lutz’s first three of the game, originally ruled a three-pointer then switched to a two-point basket on the floor, was rescored a three during the break.