Basketball: Piner boys blasts Rancho in Sonoma County Classic

TJ Acheson of Analy, left, fights for a loose ball with Dublin's Aaron Changeur on Monday during the Windsor Holiday Shootout in Windsor. (Photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)

TJ Acheson of Analy, left, fights for a loose ball with Dublin’s Aaron Changeur on Monday during the Windsor Holiday Shootout in Windsor. (Photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Four Piner players scored in double figures as the host Prospectors raced past Rancho Cotate, 60-32, in the opening round of the Sonoma County Classic.

Twins Levani and Sam Deminiko had 11 apiece as did Keith Adams.

Isiah Carter finished with 10.

Mo Ward was the leading scorer for Rancho with 10.

In other games at the Classic:

MT. EDEN 70, SANTA ROSA 55

The Panthers led by two after one quarter, but the Monarchs took control with a big second quarter.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 70, EUREKA 26

The undefeated Cardinals led 18-4 after one quarter.

Justin Botteri and Connor Rubattino both finished in double figures despite playing less than a half. Botteri wound up with 14, two more than Rubattino.

In other boys tournament action Monday:

ST. AUGUSTINE 50, 
MONTGOMERY 35

At the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic, the Vikings, playing without playmaker Michael Septimo, only scored in double figures in the fourth quarter when they put 10 on the board.

Septimo suffered a sprained ankle in last Friday’s opening round victory over Franklin (Seattle).

“We didn’t have a good offensive game,” coach Tom Fitchie. “St. Augustine is a good team but we didn’t play very well.”

Erik Poulsen, who had 50 points in the first two tournament games, scored 15 against the San Diego school.

DEER VALLEY 53, 
ELSIE ALLEN 46

In the Mustang Stampede at Fairfield, the Lobos couldn’t hold on after enjoying an eight-point lead early in the third quarter.

Despite being in foul trouble most of the game, Jalen Busby scored 16 for Elsie Allen.

In girls action Monday:

WINDSOR 59, EXETER 25

In the ruby bracket of the West Coast Jamboree at Livermore, the Jaguars had three players score in double figures.

Jessica Barbosa led the way with 14 followed by Hannah May (12) and Gabby Giddings (10).

Windsor led by 30 going to the fourth quarter.

CASA GRANDE 50, 
HAYWARD 26

In the opal division of the West Coast Jamboree at Alhambra, Joy Jovick led the Gauchos with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

ARCATA 44, 
PETALUMA 35

At the Beade-Meaney Tournament in Novato, the Trojans trailed by four with 90 seconds remaining.

However, Arcata pulled away by making its free throws.

Joelle Krist scored 10 for Petaluma, one more than teammate Allison Scranton.