NBL boys basketball: Montgomery turns in another defensive gem

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Three games into the North Bay League portion of the season, Montgomery’s defense has been stifling.

On Wednesday night, the Vikings traveled up to Ukiah and didn’t allow the Wildcats more than 10 points in a quarter as they won 54-29.

In its two league games, both easy victories, Montgomery held Rancho Cotate to 24 points and Santa Rosa to 35.

“To play good defense, all five players have to do their assignments,” coach Tom Fitchie said, “We’ve been solid defensively all year.

“Against Ukiah, I thought Kiel Long and Alec Raven did good jobs up front but everyone did their job.”

The Wildcats stayed close for a while and trailed 20-13 at halftime. Montgomery broke the game open by outscoring Ukiah 20-10 in the third quarter.

Long led the Vikings’ offense with 13 points.

Sam Averbuck added 11 and Alec Raven contributed 10.

Brian Sherwood came off the bench to score a team-high 13 for the Wildcats. Montgomery is 11-4 and 3-0 in league. Ukiah drops to 9-5 and 1-2.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 49, RANCHO COTATE 31

At Rohnert Park, the Cardinals enjoyed a 35-16 rebounding edge while posting a convincing win.

“We couldn’t keep them off the boards,” Cougars coach Dennis Magatelli said. “It was a difficult game for us, but the boys played hard and that’s all I can ask.”

Rancho has lost two starters to injury in recent weeks (center Nick Tuttle and guard Michael Wambold).

Newman raced to a 17-9 lead after one quarter and led 29-13 at halftime.

Justin Botteri took scoring honors for the Cardinals with nine points. Rourke Theiller scored eight.

Rancho sophomore guard Alec Wong led all scorers with 11 points.

Anthony Matteri had nine points for the Cougars.

Newman improves to 9-6 and 3-0 in league. Rancho is 4-11 and 0-3.

WINDSOR 54, CASA GRANDE 29

At Windsor, the Jaguars held Casa scoreless in the second quarter and coasted to the easy victory.

“We played great defense,” Windsor coach Travis Taylor said. “We’ve been getting better each game since the start of the year and this was definitely our best effort.”

The Jaguars led 17-13 after one quarter before scoring 14 in the second. Colin McAlvain, Curtis Johnson and Sadik Sufi each hit a 3-point goal in the period.

Sufi and Johnson both finished with 16 points. Sufi had a dozen rebounds and Johnson pulled down eight boards.

Cetrick Yeanay had 20 points for the Gauchos.

Windsor is 11-4 and 3-0 heading into Friday’s game at Montgomery.

Casa Grande is 7-8 and 0-3.

MARIA CARRILLO 52, SANTA ROSA 34

At Maria Carrillo, Connor Wright’s slam dunk in the third quarter was the highlight of the game.

“That got things going,” coach Will Parker said. “Our offense came to life after that.”

The Pumas outscored the Panthers 29-15 in the second half.

Carrillo’s Jake Viter was the game’s top scorer with 17 points. Teammate A.J. John was next with 11.

Daniel Cresta led the Santa Rosa offense with nine points.

The Pumas are 10-5 and 2-1 in league. The Panthers drop to 7-7 and 0-3.

 

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