Brett Callan Memorial Tournament: Casa, Windsor, Newman win in opening round

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Jon Christy had a career night as Casa Grande rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Analy, 60-55, in opening round action of the Brett Callan Memorial Tournament on Thursday in Petaluma.

The 6-foot-6 senior finished with 31 points, including 10 of 12 free throws.

Robbie Sheldon also had an outstanding game for the Gauchos. He wound up with 15 points and seven rebounds. He made all six of his free throws in the fourth quarter.

“Christy and Sheldon were terrific,” Casa coach James Forni said. “Both came through big time.”

The Gauchos trailed by a point at the start of the fourth quarter and took the lead with about five minutes remaining.

“The defense stepped up in the fourth quarter,” Forni said. “We held them to 12 points. Analy is a good offensive team, so holding them to 12 was really something.

“It was a tough one and we’re glad to get out of it with a win.”

The game was a nail-biter, with the lead see-sawing until the final minutes. It was 29-29 at halftime.

Casa made 10 of 12 free throws in the final period.

Malcolm Jenkins (25 points) and Chance Ortega (20) provided a majority of the Analy offense.

WINDSOR 61, PETALUMA 39

Despite spending considerable time on the bench while in foul trouble, Gabe Knight scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Jaguars over the Trojans.

Knight picked up two fouls in the second quarter and two more in the third.

The 6-foot-4 junior got Windsor off to a quick start by scoring 11 in the first quarter. After one, the score was 18-8.

Knight was one of three Jaguars to score in double figures. Brent Tucker finished with 14 points and Parker Canady had 10.

Windsor nailed 10 of 18 from 3-point territory.

“We played pretty good, but we know it’s going to get tougher from here on out,” coach Travis Taylor said. “Playing strong defense and rebounding are the keys for us.”

Ben Sanderson led the Petaluma offense with 15 points.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 68, FAIRFIELD 54

Connor Rubattino flirted with a triple-double as the Cardinals advanced with the win over the Falcons.

The junior finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

After a tight first quarter, Newman pulled away to a double-digit lead by halftime (36-26). James Ryan had eight points in the second quarter and Rubattino chipped in five.

The Cardinals were deadly from the free throw line where they made 24 of 27, including 12 of 14 in the fourth quarter.

Newman also got solid play from the bench. Conor McCarthy had eight rebounds and four points, while Damian Wallace contributed seven points while handing out four assists.

“The bench gave us solid minutes,” Cardinals coach Tom Bonfigli said. “In fact, they were tremendous.”

WASHINGTON (SF) 70, MIRAMONTE 47

Darren Ho scored 24 points and Armani Hall had 16 to lead the Eagles.