High school boys basketball roundup: Gauchos alone at top of NBL

Casa Grande's JJ Anderson goes up for a shot as Windsor's Gabe Knight defends during the game held at Casa Grande High School, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s JJ Anderson goes up for a shot as Windsor’s Gabe Knight defends during the game held at Casa Grande High School, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Casa Grande took over sole possession of first place in the NBL Friday night as the Gauchos defeated visiting Windsor, 61-45.

Casa moved to 4-0 in league while Windsor and Cardinal Newman both have one loss.

Friday’s game was tied after one quarter (13-13), but in the second Windsor scored only six while the Gauchos put 14 on the board.

Casa outscored the Jaguars, 34-26, in the second half.

Windsor’s Gabe Knight led all scorers with 20.

“I thought we did a good job on Knight even though he put up big numbers,” Gauchos coach James Forni said. “He’s a heckuva player.

“Overall, I was pleased with our defense.”

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Jon Christy was Casa’s top scorer with 13. He also had nine rebounds. Will Crain, in his second game back after missing 11 with a broken hand, had 12 points.

Windsor came into the game after handing Cardinal Newman its first loss of the year on Wednesday.

“I don’t think we had a letdown,” coach Travis Taylor said. “We were ready and played hard. Casa was just the better team this time.”

Casa has won six consecutive games and is 10-6 overall. Windsor’s record is 9-6.

SANTA ROSA 53, MARIA CARRILLO 42

At Santa Rosa, Michael Ahnberg led the Panthers with a game-high 19.

The score was tied at halftime and Santa Rosa outscored the visitors, 14-6, in the third period.

“We played a good defensive game,” Panthers coach John McGill said. “We knew we had to contain Clayton Andrews and we did that for the most part.”

The Pumas’ leading scorer wound up with 10, but only three in the second half.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 71, UKIAH 46

At Santa Rosa, the Cardinals got back in the win column after suffering their first defeat Wednesday.

“That loss to Windsor got our guys refocused,” coach Tom Bonfigli said. “We played at a high level, especially on defense. It was an exceptional game for us.”

Connor Rubattino played less than a half and still scored 23. Damian Wallace added 12.

Ukiah was led by Nate Hale with 10., one more than teammate Sammy Mora.

MONTGOMERY 69, RANCHO COTATE 33

At Santa Rosa, the Vikings put the game away with a big third quarter.

Montgomery won that period, 20-4.

Erik Poulsen led the offense with 15. Matt Hyman contributed 10 while Joel Seitz had eight.

Demetri Morton had 15 for Rancho. while Alec Wong knocked down eight.

In SCL action:

PINER 60, SONOMA VALLEY 51

At Sonoma, the third quarter proved to be pivotal as the Prospectors outscored the Dragons, 24-8.

Piner led 25-24 at halftime.

Keith Adams led Piner with 24 while Levani Domeniko finished with 13.Kyle Casseli had 14 for Sonoma.

ELSIE ALLEN 56, ANALY 48

At Sebastopol, Jalen Busby had a game-high 24 to lead the Lobos to victory.“We couldn’t stop him,” Tigers coach Brett Page said. “We tried both man-to-man and zone.”

Poor freethrow shooting put Analy in a hole. The Tigers made only 15 of 31. Meanwhile, Elsie Allen clicked on 17 of 24.

“We had four starters come close to fouling out,” Elsie Allen coach Madison Lott said. “I thought we showed a lot of poise playing in foul trouble.”

PETALUMA 51, HEALDSBURG 39

At Petaluma, the Trojans’ John Molinari had the longest field goal of the night.

He banked in a 60-foot shot as the buzzer sounded, ending the first quarter.

Ryan Perez came off the bench to lead Petaluma in scoring with 14. Molinari and Ryan Cox finished with 12 apiece.
Healdsburg’s Landon Courtman finished with 21.