High school boys basketball roundup: Windsor hands Cardinal Newman first loss

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

In the biggest shocker of the current Redwood Empire basketball season, host Windsor defeated previously unbeaten Cardinal Newman, 43-36, Wednesday night.

Brent Tucker’s 3-pointer with just over a minute left gave the Jaguars the lead for good, 37-36.

In front of a packed gym, Windsor finished the game on a 9-0 run.

It was the second meeting of the season between the two schools.

The first time was Dec. 19 in a tournament at Casa Grande and Newman won 57-46.

“We’re better now than we were then,” Windsor coach Travis Taylor said. “That’s evident by how we’re playing defense.”

On Wednesday, Newman appeared on its way to its 14th consecutive victory as the Cardinals led 12-5 after one quarter. Windsor eventually pulled even at 29-29 going to the fourth.

Tucker scored 10 of his 17 points in the last period.

“It was the best game of his career,” Taylor said. “He played extremely well on both ends of the court.”

Teammate Gabe Knight finished with 14.

Connor Rubattino was Newman’s leading scorer with 19 points.

Windsor has now won four in a row in the new year and are 3-0 in league, 9-5 overall.

UKIAH 60, SANTA ROSA 45

At Ukiah, Karter Koch had one of his best offensive games of the season while finishing with 13 points.

The Wildcats led by two after one quarter and stretched the lead to 15 at halftime.

Santa Rosa’s Michael Ahnberg was the game’s top scorer with 18.

MONTGOMERY 66, MARIA CARRILLO 36

Maria Carrillo's Clayton Andrews goes up for a shot as Montgomery's Zac Merriken, left, and Lane Young, right, defend during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s Clayton Andrews goes up for a shot as Montgomery’s Zac Merriken, left, and Lane Young, right, defend during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

 

At Santa Rosa, the Vikings used superior height to their advantage.

Six-foot-11 Erik Poulsen led all scorers with 21 points. Six-foot-5 Matt Hyman wound up with 14.

For the Pumas, 5-foot-9 Clayton Andrews was the top scorer with 15.

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CASA GRANDE 84, RANCHO COTATE 38

At Rohnert Park, the Gauchos had their best offensive game of the season.

The school’s previous high-point total was 68 last Friday in a win over Maria Carrillo.

Casa dominated the boards with a 42-15 advantage.

Jon Christy led all scorers with 20 while teammate Will Crain added 18. It was Crain’s first action since missing 11 games with a broken hand.

For the Cougars, Mo Ward had 11.

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PINER 63, PETALUMA 18

At Santa Rosa, Keith Adams had a game-high 18 to lead the Prospectors.

Levani Dominiko also had a good game for Piner and finished with 13.

Peter Baldwin was the lone Trojans player to get to double figures. He had 11.

ANALY 49, HEALDSBURG 26

At Healdsburg, the Tigers broke the game open in the second quarter by outscoring the home team, 17-7.

Chance Ortega scored nine in the quarter and finished with 15. Jack Newman also had 15.

As usual, Landon Courtman led the Greyhounds. He had nine points and seven rebounds.

The Tigers defense kept the home team in single digits every quarter.

ELSIE ALLEN 64, EL MOLINO 49

At Forestville, Jalen Busby had 25 points as the Lobos pulled away in the second half.

It was 24-24 at halftime.

For the Lions, Lonnie Gaspar scored 23.