High school boys basketball roundup: Elsie Allen alone atop SCL after beating Piner 81-65

Elsie Allen High player Jalen Busby (11) making his layup over several Piner High players during the first half of Friday's game at Piner High in Santa Rosa. Jan. 30, 2015. ( Erik Castro / for The Press Democrat)

Elsie Allen High player Jalen Busby (11) making his layup over several Piner High players during the first half of Friday’s game at Piner High in Santa Rosa. Jan. 30, 2015. ( Erik Castro / for The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Behind Jalen Busby’s 42 points, Elsie Allen assumed sole possession of first place in the Sonoma County League by defeating host Piner, 81-65, Friday night.

The Lobos are 7-1 in league while the Prospectors and Analy are now one game behind.

On his way to a career night, Busby converted 12-of-15 free throws in the fourth quarter to help Elsie Allen hold onto its lead. The Lobos led 56-41 going to the final period.

“I think Busby proved he’s the best player in the league,” coach Madison Lott said. “They couldn’t stop him. He would’ve had 50 but he sat out more than five minutes in the third quarter with three fouls.”

Joe Hoeup, in his second game back after suffering a broken ankle, scored 20 points.

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“Raysean Barrios was the defensive star for us,” Lott said. “He did an amazing job guarding Keith Adams, Piner’s leading scorer.”

Piner’s Keith Adams finished with 16 points, but had only one in the first half.

ANALY 64, PETALUMA 34

At Petaluma, the Tigers broke the game open by outscoring the home team, 22-5 in the second quarter. It was 12-12 after one.

“They dominated the boards and had 18 offensive rebounds,” Trojans coach John Behrs said.

Leading the Analy offense with 18 points was Malcolm Jenkins.

Ryan Perez and John Molinari had nine apiece for Petaluma.

SONOMA VALLEY 52, EL MOLINO 39

At Sonoma Valley, Max Yankovich and Edwin Reyes were the defensive stars for the Dragons.

Those two were at their best in the third quarter when the defense held El Molino to four points. Sonoma scored 19 in the quarter.

Cyle Caselli led the offense with 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Ryan Wilbanks finished with 13.

For the Lions, Montag Genser had 10.

In NBL action:

CASA GRANDE 65, MARIA CARRILLO 31

At Petaluma, the Gauchos maintained a one-game lead in the NBL by defeating the Pumas.

Carrillo led 16-12 after one quarter only to have Casa win the second quarter, 23-4.

The offensive leaders were Will Crain (14 points and eight rebounds) and Jon Christy (11 and nine).

Dominic Garcia led the Pumas with 12 points, 10 in the first quarter.

Casa is 8-1 in league and 14-7 overall.

MONTGOMERY 62, UKIAH 33

At Santa Rosa, 6-foot-11 Erik Poulsen led all scorers with 20.

The Vikings were up 14 at halftime.

“We played good defense, especially early,” Montgomery coach Tom Fitchie said. “Considering we had a tough game Wednesday (the Vikings beat Cardinal Newman, 50-40), I thought we played fine.”

Michael Septimo joined Poulsen in double figures with 11.

For Ukiah, Charlie Lefever scored 13.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 65, RANCHO COTATE 34

At Rohnert Park, the Cardinals enjoyed a 56-to-18 rebounding edge.

Connor Rubattino pulled down eight boards and finished with a game-high 22 points while playing just over half the game. Seth Doolittle had 10 rebounds.

For Rancho, Demetri Morton led the way with 15 points.

Newman has a home game at 1:30 p.m. today against Central Catholic. It will be the Cardinals’ fourth game in five days.

WINDSOR 52, SANTA ROSA 45

At Windsor, Brent Tucker and Gabe Knight both had double-doubles for the Jaguars.

Tucker knocked down six 3-point shots on his way to a 22-point performance and also had 14 rebounds. Knight scored 12 to go along with 10 boards.

For Santa Rosa, Anthony Gallegos scored 19 points. with Kalei Aukai finishing with nine.