High school boys basketball roundup: Elsie Allen closing in on league crown

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Elsie Allen moved a step closer to the first boys team league championship in the school’s 20-year history as the Lobos defeated visiting El Molino, 58-36, Wednesday night.

The victory allowed Elsie Allen to maintain sole possession of first place in the Sonoma County League with an 8-1 record. Piner and Analy share second with 7-2 marks.

Elsie Allen hosts Analy on Friday before finishing up league play next week against Petaluma and Sonoma Valley.

In the win over El Molino, Joe Hoeup scored the 1,000th point of his career. The senior finished with 14.

Jalen Busby, coming off a 42-point performance last Friday against Piner, scored 16 points.

Jordan Kirkelvict was the scoring leader for the Lions with 12 points.

Elsie Allen, a winner of eight in a row, now sports an 18-5 record.

PINER 66, PETALUMA 62

At Petaluma, the Prospectors enjoyed a 10-point lead late in the third quarter but then had to withstand the Trojans’ uprising before leaving town with the victory.

Petaluma closed to 64-62 on a 3-pointer by Ryan Perez with a minute to play, but Adam Kuzmicki’s put-back basket 20 seconds later upped the lead back to four. Neither team scored in the final 40 seconds.

Piner’s Keith Adams drained four treys in the third quarter and was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points. Kuzmicki finished with 15 points and Levi Lloyd came off the bench to score 11.

Perez scored a season-high 21 points and teammate Zach Stromburg contributed 12.

ANALY 72, HEALDSBURG 37

At Sebastopol, Aidan Toner-Rogers knocked down three 3-point shots in the second quarter to break open what had been a close game.

The Tigers led by only one after the first quarter, but outscored the Greyhounds, 17-5, in the second.

Analy’s Malcolm Jenkins led all scorers with 17 points. Chance Ortega finished with 15 points, including 11 in the first quarter.

For Healdsburg, Landon Courtman took honors with 14 points.