High school boys basketball roundup: Gauchos’ win streak preserved by rally

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Casa Grande, with Jon Christy leading the way, rallied in the final five minutes to defeat visiting Montgomery, 55-44, Thursday night.

The Gauchos ended the game on a 16-2 run.
Christy had nine of his 27 points, including a pair of 3-point goals, in the fourth quarter.

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The win, the eighth in a rows for Casa, keeps the Gauchos atop the North Bay League with a 6-0 record. Cardinal Newman is next at 5-1. Those schools will get together Monday at the Cardinals’ gym.

Behind an 18-point first half by Eric Poulsen, Montgomery led 31-27 lead at intermission.

The Vikings stretched the advantage to eight points midway through the third quarter before Casa came back. The Gauchos ended the period by scoring 10 points to one by Montgomery.

The visitors regrouped to lead 42-39 with five minutes left. However, Robbie Shelton’s basket narrowed the gap, and a 3-pointer by Andrew Coleman gave the Gauchos the lead for good.

Christy scored 19 points in the second half.

“This was the best game I’ve had,” the senior said. “We knew we had to have it to stay unbeaten in league.”

Casa Grande coach James Forni made an adjustment at halftime that paid off.

“Poulsen was beating us inside and we began double-teaming him,” he said. “The kids really stepped up the defense and executed.”

Montgomery only had 13 in the second half. After scoring the first six points of the third quarter, Poulsen was scoreless the rest of the way.

MARIA CARRILLO 56, UKIAH 54

At Ukiah, Clayton Andrews drained two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to provide the margin of victory for the Pumas.

The Wildcats’ Karter Koch got off a 3-pointer with a second remaining, but it hit the back of the rim and bounced out.

Ukiah led 35-24 at halftime.

Dominic Garcia took scoring honors for Carrillo with 21. Andrews finished with 13.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 73, SANTA ROSA 55

At Santa Rosa, Connor Rubattino scored 30 points while playing only three quarters. He also had nine rebounds.

The Panthers were led by Michael Ahnberg with 20. He converted 11 of 13 free throws.

WINDSOR 67, RANCHO COTATE 33

At Windsor, Gabe Knight scored 23 of his 25 points in the first half.

The Jaguars led 37-17 at intermission.

Parker Canady finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

Demetri Morton led the Cougars with eight points.