NBL boys basketball: Maria Carrillo upends Cardinal Newman 59-54


Montgomery's Noah Orlik, left, tries to get around Ukiah's Diego Reyes during Wednesday night's North Bay League semifinal matchup.

Montgomery’s Noah Orlik, left, tries to get around Ukiah’s Diego Reyes during Wednesday night’s North Bay League semifinal matchup.

In Wednesday’s opening round of the NBL Tournament, Maria Carrillo went on the road and defeated Cardinal Newman 59-54, while top-seeded Montgomery stayed home and cruised past Ukiah 57-44.

The two winners will meet Saturday night at Santa Rosa JC for the championship.

Carrillo has been a good road team all season and improved its away record to 9-2.

The Pumas led 50-27 after three quarters and then withstood a fourth period rally by Newman. The Cardinals got the lead down to four, but could get no closer.

Substitute guard Clayton Andrews was the hero for Carrillo. He drained five 3-point shots and finished with a game-high 20.

“He definitely gave us a spark,” coach Will Parker said. “When he comes in, our transition game picks up and our defense tightens up.”

The Pumas knocked down 11 shots behind the arc.

“We played really well,” Parker said. “This was the third time we played Newman and we put in a new offense and defense for this game.

“It certainly helped our rebounding. We got more second shots on the offensive glass and even some third shots.”

The teams split the two regular season games. Each team won away from home.

“Carrillo deserved to win,” Newman coach Tom Bonfigli said. “Very seldom does a team allow 11 3-point goals and win.

“We also hurt ourselves at the foul line. We hit 11 of 20 and missed the front end of the bonus several times.

“Andrews and (Ryan) Parker beat us. Those two guards played well.” Parker finished with 11.

Connor Rubattino led the Cardinals offense with 16. Connor Head added 14.

Carrillo is now 19-8 and Newman drops to 16-11. Both teams will be invited to the NCS playoffs.

Montgomery put Ukiah away in the first period by outscoring the Wildcats 20-6.

See photos from the Montgomery game here

Alec Raven scored 24 for the winners while Sam Averbuck contributed 15.

Adrian Mata led Ukiah with 17.

Both Montgomery at 22-5 and Ukiah at 16-11 will see action in the NCS playoffs.

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