Boys basketball: Cardinal Newman rallies in second half to beat Marin Catholic, 60-51

Cardinal Newman's Justin Botteri, left,  goes up for the rebound against Marin Catholic's Sam Newsome during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Tuesday, December 2, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman’s Justin Botteri, left, goes up for the rebound against Marin Catholic’s Sam Newsome during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Tuesday, December 2, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

After trailing by seven points midway through the third quarter, Cardinal Newman rallied to defeat visiting Marin Catholic, 60-51, in a nonleague game Tuesday night.

The Cardinals ended the contest with a 27-11 run.

Connor Rubattino led the offense with 24 points. Justin Botteri contributed 15 and also had eight rebounds.

“It looked to me like we wore them down a little bit in the fourth quarter,” Newman coach Tom Bonfigli said. “We were deeper and played 11 kids.”

Charlie Duysen, the reigning Marin County Athletic League player of the year, had a team-high 17.

“Botteri did an excellent job guarding Duysen,” Bonfigli said. “I thought Botteri did a great job.”

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The first half was close with Marin Catholic leading 24-22 at intermission. The Wildcats increased the advantage to 40-33 before the Cardinals came back.

“It was a good game for this early in the season,” Bonfigli said. “We had a good-sized crowd and it was like a playoff atmosphere.”

When Newman opened a lead in the waning minutes, Marin Catholic began fouling. The Cardinals padded their cushion by converting 14 of the final 16 free throws.

The home team won the battle of the boards, 38-28, and committed only three turnovers in the second half.

Newman’s record is 2-0 while Marin Catholic is 1-1.