Boys basketball roundup: Analy routs Rancho Cotate for first win

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

After beginning the season with three losses, Analy broke into the win column in a big way Tuesday night in Sebastopol by defeating Rancho Cotate, 76-31.

The Tigers started quickly in the nonleague matchup and enjoyed a 31-13 lead by halftime.

“We were more aggressive than we were in those first three games,” coach Brett Page said. “We played better defense and also did a good job of rebounding.”

Chance Ortega and Malcolm Jenkins led Analy in scoring with 18 apiece. Aidan Toner and Nick Fujii had 10 each.

Despite the slow start this year, the Tigers figure to contend for the Sonoma County League title.

“It’s going to take three or four weeks for things to come together,” Page said. “We have four sophomores and four guys that joined us after the football season.”

Football players on the team are TJ Acheson, Jack Newman, Schuyler Van Weele and Jenkins.

Alec Wong, the top high school tennis player in the Redwood Empire, was the top scorer for Rancho (0-2) with 15 points.

CASA GRANDE 66, BENICIA 60

At Benicia, Scott Cole’s 14 points and 14 rebounds helped lead the Gauchos to the come-from-behind victory.

Benicia led by 10 points after one quarter and by four at halftime. Casa turned the game around by outscoring the Panthers, 20-10, in the third.

“We were sleepwalking in the first half,” Casa coach James Forni said. “At halftime, I talked about an attitude adjustment and we came out with a lot more intensity in the third quarter.

“Scotty Cole provided the spark. He was diving for balls all over the court and came up with 14 rebounds even though he’s a guard. I was pleased and proud of him.”

Jon Christy also had a big game with 18 points and seven rebounds while Will Crain finished with 14 points.

The Gauchos made of 11 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter en route to their first victory of the season.“We’re a work in process,” Forni said. “We have the potential to be a good team.”

SAN RAFAEL 49, ELSIE ALLEN 42

At Santa Rosa, the Bulldogs rallied in the second half to gain the victory.

Garrett Mosher led the comeback by scoring all 18 of his points after intermission.

“We were taller at every position but didn’t take advantage of our edge,” Lobos coach Madison Lott said. “We took too many jump shots.”Elsie Allen had a four-point lead at halftime, but were outscored 21-12 in the third quarter.

Jalen Busby was the game’s leading scorer with 24 and he also pulled down 10 rebounds.

Elsie Allen is now 3-1.