High school boys basketball roundup: Cardinals even the score against Jaguars, 55-42

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Three weeks ago, Cardinal Newman’s dreams of a perfect season ended on Windsor’s home court. On Tuesday night, the Cardinals got payback as they defeated the Jaguars, 55-42.

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It was apparent from the start Newman wouldn’t be surprised again.

The home team started quickly and led 22-5 after one quarter. Connor Rubattino scored 13 of his game-high 22 in the period.

“That was the best quarter we’ve played all season,” coach Tom Bonfigli said. “The kids knew the urgency of this game and came out strong.”

The Cardinals didn’t commit a turnover in the first half and had only four after intermission.

The closest Windsor got in the second half was 44-35 after a Chaise Noles 3-pointer with 6:10 remaining.

Newman’s defensive game plan centered on stopping Windsor’s best players, Gabe Knight and Brent Tucker.

 

“Those two wound up with 14 total,” Bonfigli said. “When we lost three weeks ago, those two had 32.” Gunnar Walker and Justin Botteri shadowed the pair.

Rubattino, who played despite flu symptoms, had eight rebounds to go along with his 22 points. Damian Wallace came off the bench to score 12 and James Ryan finished with 10.

“Wallace made several opportune steals and baskets,” Bonfigli said. “He’s getting better every game.”

Bonfigli picked up career win 692, while Newman is 20-2 and 8-2 in league.

For Windsor, Parker Canady led the offense with 14. Knight wound up with eight and Tucker had six.

The Jaguars are 7-3 in NBL and 13-8 overall.

CASA GRANDE 72, RANCHO COTATE 30

At Petaluma, the Gauchos maintained their one-game lead atop the NBL standings.

Casa is 9-1 while Cardinal Newman and Montgomery are both 8-2.

Leading the Gauchos was Will Crain with 15. Jon Christy had 13.

Rio Antonucci was the only Rancho player in double figures. He had 11.

MONTGOMERY 59, MARIA CARRILLO 42

At Santa Rosa, the Vikings broke the game open by outscoring the Pumas 24-13 in the third quarter.

Montgomery led by only five at halftime.Montgomery led by only five at halftime.

Erik Poulsen had 12 of his 20 points in the third while Michael Septimo scored 10 of his 18 in the period.

Dominic Garcia had 17 for the Pumas and Clayton Andrews finished with 12.

“Carrillo played harder than we did in the first half,” Montgomery coach Tom Fitchie said. “We had a talk about that at halftime.”

SANTA ROSA 54, UKIAH 50

At Santa Rosa, the Panthers got the win despite playing without their top two scorers.

Michael Ahnberg (groin) and Rudy Gutierrez (wrist) missed the game.

Tommy Levine helped pick up the slack with 12 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Three players wound up with eight apiece — Kalei Aukai, Isiah Steele and Trevor Weitzenberg.

For Ukiah, Nate Hale and Ben Carter led the way with nine each.