High school boys basketball roundup: Casa Grande stays atop NBL with 49-34 win over Windsor

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Casa Grande's Jon Christy comes down with the rebound against Windsor's Thomas Drew during the game held at Windsor High School, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s Jon Christy comes down with the rebound against Windsor’s Thomas Drew during the game held at Windsor High School, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande continued to control its destiny in the North Bay League as the Gauchos defeated host Windsor, 49-34, on Thursday night.

The win gives Casa a 10-1 record in league with Cardinal Newman and Montgomery one game back. The Gauchos finish up next week with games against those two plus Ukiah.

The Gauchos began the game with a 10-0 run and while the Jaguars never led, they did cut the advantage to six in the third quarter.

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Casa Grande coach James Forni said he was more nervous than his players before the game.

“It’s a tough atmosphere,” Forni said about playing on the Jaguars’ court. “I was nervous but our players were confident. I thought our defense was very good. We limited what they could do and on offense, we moved the ball efficiently.”

Windsor coach Travis Taylor felt Casa’s height advantage was the key to the outcome.

“They really pounded the ball inside,” he said. “We sure didn’t win the battle on the glass.”

Jon Christy pulled down 17 rebounds for the winners while Will Crain had 10 and two blocks.

Scotty Cole was Casa’s leading scorer with 17 points, including three treys. He also had six assists.

“Cole had a tremendous game on both ends of the court,” Forni said. “He was phenomenal on offense.”

Casa is 16-7 overall and has won four in a row.

Windsor’s record is 13-8 and 7-4.

MARIA CARRILLO 68, SANTA ROSA 60

At Maria Carrillo, guard Clayton Andrews went off for 37 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter.

The score was 45-45 heading to the final period.

“Andrews just took over the game,” coach Will Parker said. “A lot of his points came on drives to the basket and several of those were difficult shots.”

Dominic Garcia, the Pumas’ other starting guard, finished with 20.

For Santa Rosa, Michael Ahnberg led the way with 16 while Tommy LaVine had 12.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 68, UKIAH 41

At Ukiah, coach Tom Bonfigli picked up career win 694.

The Cardinals held the Wildcats to two points in the second quarter and led 37-10 at halftime.

Justin Botteri scored 13 points for the visitors while Connor Kennedy had 11 for Ukiah.

“We played very good defense and took Ukiah out of everything they wanted to do,” Bonfigli said. “Also, they couldn’t match our height around the basket.”

MONTGOMERY 67, RANCHO COTATE 19

At Rohnert Park, 6-foot-11 Erik Poulsen scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while sitting out the fourth quarter.

After three periods, the score was 56-16.

Rancho had a tough shooting night. The Cougars connected on six two-point field goals and made only one-of-14 from behind the arc.

“We couldn’t buy a basket,” Rancho coach Dennis Magatelli said.

The 19 points was a season low. The previous low was 25 against Santa Rosa on Dec. 30.

Jack Fitchie joined Poulsen in double figures for Montgomery. He had 13 and made three shots behind the arc.

Rio Antonucci led Rancho with eight points and five rebounds.

It was Montgomery’s fifth consecutive win. The Vikings are 9-2 in league and 14-9 overall.

Rancho is 0-10 and 0-23.