Newman shocks Casa Grande with frantic last-minute rally

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cardinal Newman rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 40 seconds to defeat Casa Grande, 60-54, before a standing-room only crowd Monday night at the Cardinals’ gym.

The win elevated Newman into a tie with the Gauchos atop the NBL standings.

Both schools are 6-1 as the league season reached its midway point.

Newman trailed 54-48 and Casa had the ball when the game turned. Following a missed shot, sub Jamon Roberts scored a basket.

On the Cardinals’ next possession, sub Damian Wallace nailed a 3-point goal to make the score, 54-53.

Roberts then rebounded a missed shot and fed Connor Rubattino, who made a 3-pointer. That gave the Cardinals a two-point lead. They finished the game by making four free throws.

“Holy cow, what a game,” Newman coach Tom Bonfigli said. “It was one of the those games everyone will remember.”

Rubattino finished with 29 points. Wallace and Cody Baker each scored nine. Will Crain, with 14 points, was the only Casa player to finish in double figures. Robbie Sheldon and Tommy Buickerood each had nine.

MONTGOMERY 48, SANTA ROSA 43

At Santa Rosa, Vikings point guard Michael Septimo returned to action and scored a game-high 15 points. He’d been out since a knee injury Dec. 26.

The Vikings hit 11 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Erik Poulsen finished with 13 and Joel Seitz had 12. Santa Rosa’s top scorer was Alex Diggs with 10.

WINDSOR 70, MARIA CARRILLO 63
At Santa Rosa, Gabe Knight scored 32 and the Jaguars rallied for the win.

The Pumas led 28-27 at halftime.

Clayton Andrews and Dominic Garcia both had 20 for Carrillo.

UKIAH 77, RANCHO COTATE 47

At Ukiah, the Wildcats jumped out to a 10-0 lead.

Sammy Mora led the the Wildcats’ attack with 16. Connor Kennedy had 11.

For Rancho Cotate, Mo Ward had 18 points  while Demetri Morton scored 12.