NBL boys basketball: Montgomery gets it going after slow start

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

League-leader Montgomery tightened up the defense in the second and third quarters and went on to score a 63-40 victory over visiting Ukiah on Tuesday night.

After leading by only four points through one period, the Vikings outscored the Wildcats 43-14 in the middle quarters.

“We couldn’t get going at the start but our defense was solid after that,” Montgomery coach Tom Fitchie said.

Sam Averbuck led the offense with 23 points. Alec Raven had 14 and Noah Orlik contributed nine.

“Michael Septimo, our first player off the bench, continues to play better each game,” Fitchie added. “He was setting up his teammates with good passes and played excellent defense.”

The Vikings are 9-1 in NBL play and 17-5 overall.

Ukiah is 5-4 and 14-7.

MARIA CARRILLO 61, SANTA ROSA 43

A.J. John had a double-double to lead the visiting Pumas to the win over the Panthers.

The 6-foot-7 senior scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He also blocked five shots.

Carrillo took control at the start and enjoyed a 22-10 lead after the first quarter.

Connor Wright (13) and Jake Vitter (10) were also in double figures for the Pumas.

Santa Rosa’s Dustin Rome had a double-double in the losing cause. The senior center scored 11 and pulled down 10 boards.

The win keeps Carrillo one game behind Montgomery in league. The Pumas are 16-6 overall.

Santa Rosa drops to 2-8 and 9-12.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 58, RANCHO COTATE 43

The host Cardinals picked up the intensity after a sloppy first quarter and then coasted to the victory.

Newman put 21 points on the board in the second period while assuming a 31-20 halftime lead.

“The kids didn’t play very hard at the start but then started doing better,” coach Tom Bonfigli said. “Credit to Rancho, they played hard the entire game.”

Connor Head led the Cardinals’ scoring attack with 16. Connor Rubattino added 11.

Rancho’s high-point man was Ryan Sousa with 11.

Newman is now 7-2 in league and 13-8 overall. The Cougars are 0-10 and 4-18.

CASA GRANDE 51, WINDSOR 35

Drew Busse scored nine points in the pivotal second quarter as the host Gauchos evened their record at 11-11.

Casa outscored Windsor 18-7 in the second.

“We had a pretty good defensive effort,” Gauchos coach James Forni said. “We hit just enough shots to win.”

Cetrick Yeanay, who averages around 20 points for Casa, was held to five.

“Several guys did a good job stepping up to pick up the slack,” Forni said.

Will Crain finished with nine points and Jack Micco had eight.

The Gauchos are 4-6 in league.

Windsor also is 4-6 NBL and 12-10 overall.

 

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