NBL boys basketball: Montgomery cruises to 61-34 win over Windsor


Montgomery's Alec Raven, right, pulls a rebound away from Windsor's Sadik Sufi during Friday's game in Santa Rosa. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Montgomery’s Alec Raven, right, pulls a rebound away from Windsor’s Sadik Sufi during Friday’s game in Santa Rosa. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Two things became apparent to the near-capacity crowd watching Montgomery defeat Windsor in the Vikings’ gym Friday night.

First, Montgomery is the top team in the Redwood Empire and second, Alec Raven is the best player on this side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

In the battle between unbeaten co-leaders of the North Bay League, the Vikings breezed to a 61-34 victory and Raven was awesome on both sides of the court. He scored 28 points, but did much more.

The only downer of the evening for Raven came in the final minutes when he caught an elbow above the right eye and required stitches to the close the cut.

The 6-foot-6 senior made 11 of 18 shots from the field to go along with seven assists, four steals and five rebounds.

“He was all over the place,” coach Tom Fitchie said. “He’s very aggressive and plays the game hard.”

Raven also did an outstanding job holding Sadik Sufi, usually the Jaguars’ leading scorer, to nine points.

“Windsor came into the game with a 3-0 league mark and we wanted to make a statement,” Raven said while holding a bag of ice over his eye.

“This was as good as we played all season.”

The Vikings started fast and assumed an 18-3 lead after one quarter as they ended the period on an 11-0 run.

Raven began things with a basket from just inside the 3-point arc.

Sam Averbuck then scored the next seven points and Kiel Long added a bucket just before the buzzer.

“Our game plan was to set the tone early,” Fitchie said. “We wanted to be aggressive on both offense and defense and we did that.”

Raven had 12 points by halftime. The Vikings stretched the lead to 58-28 after three quarters and the only highlight for Windsor in the fourth was a dunk by Sufi.

“They’re good, they’re very good,” Jaguars coach Travis Taylor said. “We’re a young team with four sophomores and we’re going to take this game as a learning experience.”

Curtis Johnson, like Sufi, scored nine to lead the Jaguars. Colin McAlvain had eight.

Supporting Raven in the scoring column were Averbuck with 10 and Long and Noah Orlik with eight apiece.

The Vikings’ defensive numbers continue to shine. In four league games, they’re allowing opponents an average of 31 points per game.

Montgomery, now 12-4, hosts Cardinal Newman on Tuesday.

The Cardinals had been unbeaten in league until losing to Maria Carrillo on Friday.

The Jaguars came into Friday’s game having won seven of eight with its only loss since Dec. 20 coming in the finals of the Windsor Shootout to Washington (50-49).

They are now 11-5 and travel to Maria Carrillo on Tuesday.

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