High school boys basketball roundup: Vikings turn back Ukiah

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Montgomery spoiled Ukiah’s first game in its refurbished gym Friday night as the Vikings defeated the Wildcats, 63-47.

Montgomery used its height advantage to spoil the festivities. Six-foot-8 Dakota Row came off the bench to score 17 and 6-foot-11 Erik Poulsen contributed 14.

“I thought Row was the difference maker,” Ukiah coach Jeff Silva-Brown said. “Sammy Mora did a good job containing Poulsen even though he was giving up a few inches. Montgomery’s size wore us down in the second half.”

The Vikings (1-1 in league, 6-8 overall) snapped a six-game losing streak.

Ukiah’s offense was led by Ben Carter with 15 while Diego Reyes had 10. The Wildcats are 0-2 and 7-7.

WINDSOR 45, SANTA ROSA 38

At Santa Rosa, a near-capacity crowd saw the Jaguars improve to 2-0 in league.

Gabe Knight led all scorers with 14, one more than teammate Parker Canady.

The Panthers’ offensive effort disappointed coach John McGill.

“We missed a lot of shots and couldn’t get anything going,” he said. “We weren’t disciplined enough. I was happy with the way we played defense.”

Rudy Gutierrez led Santa Rosa with nine while Kalei Aukai had eight.

Santa Rosa is 0-2 in league and 5-7 overall. Windsor’s record is 2-0 and 8-5.

CASA GRANDE 68, MARIA CARRILLO 60

At Santa Rosa, the Gauchos’ Jon Christy scored 34 and the Pumas’ Clayton Andrews finished with 31.

It was the third consecutive game the 5-foot-6 Andrews has scored more than 30.

Casa led 29-18 at halftime. Carrillo scored 31 in the fourth quarter and narrowed the lead to five in the waning minutes.

“Casa is big,” Pumas coach Will Parker said. “They had a ton of size on us.”

CARDINAL NEWMAN 72, RANCHO COTATE 35

At Santa Rosa, two streaks were alive at the end of the night.

The Cardinals remained unbeaten and are now 13-0, while the Cougars lost for the 14th consecutive time.

Connor Rubattino scored a game-high 23 points while playing around 12 minutes. Justin Botteri had 13 and nine rebounds in limited minutes.

The score was 27-13 after one quarter and in the third period, Rancho scored only two points.

Newman dressed 13 players and all but one scored. Damian Wallace, Conor McCarthy, Seth Doolittle and Jamon Roberts were especially effective in reserve roles.

“We did a lot of things pretty well,” winning coach Tom Bonfigli said. “The defense was solid and we scored a lot of points in transition.”

Demetri Morton led the Cougars with 13 points.

In SCL action on Friday:

ANALY 43, PETALUMA 38

At Analy, the Tigers survived an off-night shooting.

“We shot horribly,” coach Brett Page said. “We were only 28 percent from the field and weren’t much better from the free-throw line (11 of 23).”

PINER 49, ELSIE ALLEN 43

At Santa Rosa, Keith Adams led the Prospectors to victory with 22 points.

For the Lobos, Jalen Busby scored 21 and Erik DeLeon had 12.

In NCL I play:

CLOVERDALE 46, WILLITS 39

At Cloverdale, the Eagles outscored the Wolverines, 15-4, in the third quarter to win the matchup between the teams expected to battle for the league title.

Cloverdale’s Marcus Poe led all scorers with 17 points, while teammate John McMillan had 10.
For Willits, Dimitri Betts and Anthony Sorace each scored 11 points.