NCS basketball Saturday roundup: Hanna boys, St. Vincent girls advance

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Rincon Valley Christian's Joe Lin (25) goes for a layup while defended by St. Elizabeth's Junior Salcedo (20) during an NCS playoff boys basketball game in Santa Rosa on Saturday, March 1, 2014. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

Rincon Valley Christian’s Joe Leng (25) goes for a layup while defended by St. Elizabeth’s Junior Salcedo (20) during an NCS playoff boys basketball game in Santa Rosa on Saturday, March 1, 2014. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s boys team saw its seven-point halftime lead evaporate after intermission as the Pumas lost to host Newark Memorial, 67-56, in a Division 2 NCS game Saturday afternoon.

Memorial caught up with four minutes left and pulled away.

“We just ran out of gas,” Carrillo coach Will Parker said.

“We started out great and played our best half of the season. We distributed the ball, made the extra pass and played tight defense.”

The Pumas were playing short-handed with starting guard Ryan Parker out with an injury.

A turning point came early in the third quarter when A.J. John, the Pumas’ tallest player at 6-foot-7, had to come out of the game because of fouls.

“Memorial had guys 6-6 and 6-8 and they just kept pounding the ball inside. They didn’t miss many shots.”

Clayton Andrews led the Carrillo offense with 18 points, 15 of those coming in the first half. John finished with 15.

Jay Frenchwood was Memorial’s top scorer with 21.

It was a turnaround season for the Pumas’ program under first-year coach Will Parker.

The Pumas wound up 20-10 following a 9-17 mark the previous season.

ST. PATRICK-ST. VINCENT 58, CARDINAL NEWMAN 38

At Vallejo, the Cardinals boys team started the Division 4 game ice-cold from the field and never led. Newman was 1 of 15 from the field in the first quarter and trailed, 10-4.

Newman fell further behind in the second quarter and was down, 29-15, at halftime.

“We cut it to eight a couple of times in the third but couldn’t get any closer,” coach Tom Bonfigli said. “We didn’t play one of our better games. We weren’t effective on offense.”

Connor Rubattino was the only Newman player in double figures. He had 11 points.

Connor Head was next with eight. Newman, the No. 7 seed, winds up 17-12.

No. 2 St. PatrickSt. Vincent plays on with a 23-8 record.

MOREAU CATHOLIC 76, WILLITS 53

At Hayward, the Mariners boys team took visiting Willits out of the Division 4 game early.

It was 23-10 after one quarter and 47-21 at halftime.

“They were a little too quick for us, especially up front,” Willits coach Duane Nelson said. “They’re a very good team. I expect them to go far in Nor-Cals.”

Moreau (22-6) is the top-seeded team in the bracket while Willits (25-3) was No. 9.

Jon Montez had 21 points to lead Willits, while Will Betts contributed 12.

Damari Milstead led Moreau with 23.

“Everything has to come to an end,” Nelson said. “This has been a fantastic group of kids to coach.”

ARCHBISHOP HANNA 68, FERNDALE 67

At Sonoma, Dage Rivergo’s layup with 12 seconds on the clock lifted the Hawks to victory in the Division 6 game.

Armani Perry started the play with a steal and got the ball to Rivergo, who raced to the basket. Ferndale had a last chance but couldn’t get off a shot.

The Wildcats had a five-point lead with two minutes remaining. Three free throws by Larry Michel and a trey by Perry got Hanna back in the game.

Perry led the Hawks with 22 points, while Wyatt Standley had 22 for Ferndale.

Hanna’s record is now 23-4 while the Wildcats finish 9-18.

ST. ELIZABETH 51, RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 48

At Rincon Valley Christian, the visitors from Oakland scored the game’s last three points to get the victory in the boys Division 6 contest.

It was close from the start with St. Elizabeth leading by one at halftime. The teams were tied going to the fourth quarter.

James Leng and Nathan Bailey led RVC in points and rebounds. Bailey had 12 points and 16 boards while Leng had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Leng suffered a right ankle injury with three minutes to go and didn’t return.

GIRLS

ST. VINCENT 56, ST. JOSEPH NOTRE DAME 53 (OT)

At Alameda, the Mustang girls led throughout the extra period in the Division 5 victory.

Jacalyn Murphy had three of her team’s seven points in overtime. Grace Jennings had two and Ellie O’Neill and Taylor Owen had one one apiece.

“We were down by five with a couple of minutes to go in regulation,” coach Jim Fagundes said. “We scored on a couple of turnovers to send the game to overtime.”

Jennings finished with 16 points, one more than Murphy. O’Neill contributed 10.

St. Vincent is 24-6 and has won four straight.

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 48, RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 33

At Fremont, the California School for the Deaf girls led 24-13 at halftime and kept the double-digit lead most of the second half in the Division 6 contest.

RVC’s Adison Feickert was the game’s top scorer with 15.

ARCATA 42, CARDINAL NEWMAN 40

At Arcata, the Cardinals girls team came up a bucket short of in the Division 4 contest.

Newman was behind, 32-29, after three quarters.

S.F. WALDORF 48, SUMMERFIELD WALDORF 13

At San Francisco, the visitors trailed 30-5 at halftime of the girls Division 6 game. Phoebe Rodgers and Sophia Nielsen had four each for Summerfield.

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