By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The Elsie Allen boys’ basketball team kept its Senior Night sweet, as it raced to a 44-30 win over the visiting Sonoma Valley Dragons.
The Lobos forced four Dragons’ turnovers and jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the first quarter as they shut down Sonoma Valley’s offense. They finished with 12 forced turnovers.
“We have a lot of length in the bottom of our zone,” Lobos coach Madison Lott said, “so it’s very hard for them to get a shot. We did a good job of getting them to take their shots contested tonight.”
Jalen Busby and Erik DeLeon controlled the boards for the Lobos while three 3-pointers extended Elsie Allen’s lead to 22-10 at halftime. The teamwork from the high post to the low post is a successful combination, DeLeon said.
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“Our teammates set it up for us,” he said. “When we are working together everything really clicks for us.”
Busby finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, while DeLeon recorded nine points and 12 rebounds.
“Our defense has been our mainstay this whole year,” Lott said. “When we keep teams to 30 points, we have a good chance to win games.”
Outrebounded 30-17, Sonoma Valley head coach Dennis Housman said the Dragons couldn’t match DeLeon’s presence in the low post position.
“We obviously couldn’t handle the big guy,” Housman said. “We didn’t box out.”
The Dragons came within 10 points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome the Lobos big first half.
“We came out flat and did not play hard at all,” Dragons’ leading scorer Jesse Summers said. “We were trying to play catch up and we don’t play comfortable when we play catch up.”
Summers led the Dragons and all scorers with 17 points and two rebounds as he faced pressure from Elsie Allen’s defense.
Jack Murphy added four points, while Alex Gustafson hit three free throws. Ryan Wilibanks and Trevor Welch both sank two free throws and Cyle Gusse had one. Sonoma Valley was 11 for 15 from the free throw line.
Joe Hoeup and Bradley Greiner each finished with seven points for Elsie Allen, while Daniel Montalvan had five. Jonathan Altamirano sunk a free throw and snagged two rebounds, as well.
Improving their record to 18-8 overall and 8-4 in the Sonoma County League, Elsie Allen’s head coach Madison Lott said they needed to shoot free throws in order to continue their successful season.
“If we can shoot free throws better and continue to play tough defense, we are a tough team to beat,” he said.
The Dragons dropped to 8-16 overall and 6-5 in the SCL. They look to come out with a little more fire for their senior night on Thursday, Summers said, as they head into their final conference games.