By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Analy clinched its third Sonoma County League title in a row Saturday night with a 46-42 win over visiting El Molino.
The Tigers own a two-game lead in the standings with only a game Thursday against runner-up Piner remaining.
With four minutes left in the game, it didn’t look like Analy would be celebrating. The Tigers trailed 38-27 at that point.
“El Molino was playing good ball and we weren’t,” coach Brett Page said. “Skylar Van Weele was the guy that gave us the spark. We got some stops on the defensive end and the ball started dropping in the bucket for us. It was an exciting ending and was even more exciting because we knew a win would clinch league for us.”
It was Analy’s fifth league title in the past six years.
Malcolm Jenkins had 23 points to lead the Tigers, who are 11-0 in league and 18-6 overall. El Molino, 6-8 and 2-8, was led by Louie Rampone with 17.
SONOMA VALLEY 56, HEALDSBURG 47
The Dragons sprung a full-court press on the Greyhounds in the third quarter and outscored the visitors 18-2 enroute to the victory.
The game was close in the first half with Sonoma Valley clinging to a 23-22 lead going to the locker room.
Sonoma coach Dennis Housman had a good reason for applying full-court pressure.
“Defensively, we were flat in the first half,” he said. “By going to the press, it gave our players more energy.”
Jack Murphy led the Dragons’ offense in the period with six points. Jesse Summers and Alex Gustafson had four apiece.
Cyle Gusse was Sonoma’s top scorer with 17. Murphy finished with 11 and Summers and Gustafson had eight apiece.
Healdsburg’s Landon Courtman led all scorers with 19, and Daniel Schroeder contributed 8.
The Dragons are 6-4 in league and 8-15 overall, while the Greyhounds fell to 5-19 and 1-9.