Boys basketball: Casa shocks host Montgomery, 60-50

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Casa Grande scored the biggest surprise of the season in Redwood Empire basketball Monday night as the Gauchos defeated host basketballMontgomery, 60-50.

The Vikings had won their first six games in NBL play by an average of 26 points while Casa came into the game with a 2-4 record in league.

The Gauchos led most of the way and took a three-point lead into the final period.

Casa converted 13 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Cetrick Yeanay had a big game for the Gauchos with 24 points, including five buckets from behind the arc. The guard also hit five of six from the foul line in the fourth.

Alec Raven, Montgomery’s top player, fouled out in the opening minutes of the fourth with his team trailing, 39-38. The senior finished with 16 points.

“I thought our defense was the key,” Casa coach James Forni said. “We played primarily a zone with a couple of variations. I was proud of the effort the guys gave.”

Vikings coach Tom Fitchie praised the Gauchos.

“No excuses,” he said. “We just didn’t play well and they did. Yeanay is a great shooter. Also, our defense wasn’t very good.”

Montgomery came in allowing 31 points per game in league.

While Yeanay led the scoring, Jon Christy and Will Crain also had big games. Christy, who was playing his third game since recovering from mononucleosis, finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while Crain scored 12 and pulled down 10 boards.

Kiel Long and Michael Septimo had 10 for the Vikings.

There were plenty of fouls called. Montgomery was whistled 24 times while Casa was called for 18.

The Gauchos overall record is 10-9 while the Vikings drop to 14-5.

In league, Montgomery still holds the top spot, with Maria Carrillo, Ukiah, and Cardinal Newman one-game back.

MARIA CARRILLO 70, RANCHO COTATE 48

The visiting Pumas outscored Rancho, 20-7, in the second quarter and led by double digits throughout the second half.

Jake Viter and Clayton Andrews shared scoring honors for Carrillo with 12 apiece. A.J. John finished with eight.

Anthony Matteri had eight points, six assists, four steals and four rebounds. Teammate Ryan Sousa had nine points.

Carrillo’s record is 5-2 in league and 13-6 overall. Rancho is 0-7 and 4-15.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 59, SANTA ROSA 47

Connor Head scored a career-high 32 to lead the host Cardinals. The senior guard put in 13 field goals, one of those from 3-point range.

This was the third meeting of the season between the two schools and the Cardinals now hold a 2-1 edge. The teams play again Feb. 14. For Santa Rosa, Dustin Rome and Daniel Cresta shared scoring honors with 11 apiece. Rudy Gutierrez had 10.James Ryan supported Head with an 11-point effort.

The Cardinals are 5-2 in league and 11-8 overall. Santa Rosa is 1-6 in league, 8-10 total.

UKIAH 45, WINDSOR 42

Brian Sherwood’s layup in the final seconds put the host Wildcats ahead for good.

Brent Tucker had given the Jaguars a 42-41 lead with 41 seconds left on the clock only to have Sherwood come right down the court and score.

Following a Windsor miss, Adrian Mata was fouled with three seconds remaining and made both free throws.

Gabe Knight led Ukiah in scoring with 16. He also had a dozen rebounds, four more than Sherwood.

Tucker was high-point man for Windsor with 15. Colin McAlvain was next with 12 and Jeff Freeberg 11.

Ukiah is 5-2 in league, 14-5 total. Windsor fell to 3-4 and 11-8.

 

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