SCL boys basketball: Analy, Piner advance to league final

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Analy played lock-down defense in the first quarter while Piner had an offensive explosion in the fourth as the top two seeds in the SCL Tournament advanced to the finals with convincing victories Tuesday night.

No. 1 Analy held No. 4 Sonoma Valley to two points in the opening period while cruising to a 60-32 win. Meanwhile, No. 2 Piner scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from No. 3 Elsie Allen, 61-45.

The top two seeds will meet for the title Thursday in the Tigers’ gym. Three points separated the schools the first two times they played. Analy won at home, 49-47, while Piner prevailed in its gym, 52-51.

The Tigers will be well-rested as all 14 players saw action against Sonoma.

“Everyone contributed, especially on defense,” coach Brett Page said. “We played a basic man-to-man and I kept rotating players. It was effective”

Sonoma trailed 16-2 after one quarter and 29-14 at halftime.

Chance Ortega had one of his most productive games of the season with team highs in points (15) and rebounds (13). He came in averaging 9.9 points per game.

Malcolm Jenkins also scored in double figures with 13. He averages 15.

Sonoma was led by Jesse Summers with 16.

The Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak and will take a 19-8 record into the title game. Sonoma drops to 8-18.

Piner was nearly perfect in the fourth quarter against Elsie Allen as the Prospectors hit 11 of 12 from the field.

While the offense was on fire, the defense held the Lobos to 10 points.

The game had been close going to the final period. Jordan Williams’ tip-in as the third quarter ended gave Piner the lead for good, 37-35.

Williams also led the offense in the fourth by scoring nine of his 11 points.

“The fourth was one of the best quarters we’ve played this season,” coach Mike Erickson said. “We moved the ball around against their press and shot super.”

Keith Adams was Piner’s top scorer with 16.

For Elsie Allen, Jalen Busby led the way with 16 while Joe Hoeup had 15.

The Lobos’ record is now 18-9 while Piner improves to 17-9.

 

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