NCS boys basketball: Cardinal Newman rolls past Lick Wilmerding 72-36

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cardinal Newman, playing one of its best games of the season, overwhelmed visiting Lick Wilmerding, 72-36, on Wednesday night to advance to the second round of the NCS Division 4 playoffs.

“This was the most complete game we’ve played in a long time,” coach Tom Bonfigli said. “This team has been kind of a mystery. From game-to-game, you don’t know what you’re going to get.”

The No. 7 seeded Cardinals brought a 16-11 record into the game.

Among the things they did well was shoot 56 percent from the field, outrebound the visitors from San Francisco, 36-18, and hit 14 of 19 free throws.

“We also played excellent defense,” Bonfigli said. “Their best three players came in averaging a total of 43 per game. We held them to 23.”

Newman played man-to-man defense.

The Cardinals took control of the game at the start as they grabbed a 25-8 lead after one quarter and increased it to 37-17 at halftime.

Connor Head led the offense with 22 points, 20 of those in the first half. Connor Rubattino added 14. Freshman Damian Wallace finished with nine.

Newman will take a 17-11 record to the next round while Lick Wilmerding finishes the year with a 13-14 mark.

BENTLEY UPPER SCHOOL 55, ST. VINCENT 43

At Lafayette, Mateen Hirbod scored 33 to rally the Phoenix to victory in a Division 5 game.

The score was 24-24 at halftime, and Bentley led by four going to the fourth quarter.

“It was a good game,” St. Vincent coach Lance Phillips said. “We played with a lot of energy.

“Hirbod really hurt us in the second half. He’s a very good player.”

Grant DeVoe was high-point man for the Mustangs with 12. Chris Faulknor was next with eight.

No. 12 St. Vincent finishes with a 13-15 record. Bentley improved to 22-6.

FORTUNA 77, CLOVERDALE 32

At Fortuna, the home team never trailed while defeating the Eagles in the Division 4 contest. “We missed a lot of shots and just plain got beat,” Cloverdale coach Steve Bernardi said. “Nothing good about it on our end.”

Isiah Warren led the Eagles with 17 points. Cloverdale, the No. 12 seed, ends the season at 16-10. Fortuna, the No. 5, plays on at 24-2.

POINT ARENA 71, TOMALES 61

At Point Arena, Justin Sundstrom and Marco Villalvazo each scored eight in the pivotal third quarter to propel the Pirates to victory in a Division 6 game.

After trailing by one at halftime, Point Arena outscored the Braves, 18-10, in the third.

Sundstrom finished with 24 while Villalvazo wound up with 15. Josh Riboli added 13 to go along with seven rebounds.

Tomales’ David Guererro was outstanding in defeat as the senior scored 30.

“The difference is that we played much better defense in the third quarter,” coach David Blair said. “We tightened things up after halftime.”

“Also, our bench came up with a number of plays and made a big difference.”

Point Arena, the No. 8 seed, now has an 18-7 record. Tomales finished the season at 13-9.

ST. ELIZABETH 66, SUMMERFIELD WALDORF 37

At Oakland, the visiting Mustangs led after one period before succumbing to St. Elizabeth.

Summerfield’s 12-8 lead evaporated early in the second quarter and the home team led, 26-18, at halftime.

Cameron Nielson led the Summerfield offense with 14. Daniel Mitchell tallied 16 for St. Elizabeth.

The Mustangs (13-13) came into the Division 6 game as the 10th seed while St. Elizabeth (16-13) is No. 7.

RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 61, S.F. WALDORF 39

At RVC, James Leng had a double-double as the Eagles upended the visitors from San Francisco.

Leng scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Joe Lin took high-point honors for RVC with 16 and Daniel Maples also made it to double figures with 10.

The Eagles only led by five at intermission.

“We had better ball movement in the second half,” coach Darren Nelson said. “We pushed the ball in transition and just got more aggressive.

RVC, the second seed in Division 6, improved to 22-8. Waldorf finished 6-15.

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