Montgomery boys down Casa, 50-43

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Montgomery defeated visiting Casa Grande, 50-43, Wednesday night to create a three-way tie atop the North Bay League standings.

The Vikings, Gauchos and Cardinal Newman are all 11-2 and each has one game remaining. Casa hosts the Cardinals on Friday night, while the Vikings visit Santa Rosa.

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The Monty-Casa Grande game was 33-33 heading to the final period, but Michael Septimo scored seven of his 16 points in the quarter.

“I thought he took over the game in the fourth,” Vikings coach Tom Fitchie said.

“They beat us earlier in the year but this time we did a better job defensively on their guards and big man (Jon Christy),” Fitchie added.

Christy scored 27 points when the schools played in Petaluma but managed only 11 on Wednesday night.

The teams were tied after one quarter and the Gauchos led by three at halftime.

“It was a battle,” Fitchie said. “It was a great high school game.”

Casa Grande came into the game controlling its fate. If the Gauchos had beaten Montgomery and then Cardinal Newman, they would’ve won sole possession of the league title.

“We had a few too many turnovers and a few too many fouls,” Casa Grande coach James Forni said.

“Montgomery stepped up in the fourth quarter and knocked down big shots,” Forni added.

In addition to Septimo’s 16 points, Erik Poulsen finished with 11 and Jack Fitchie had eight for the winners.

Will Crain led Casa Grande with 16 points. He scored all eight of his team’s points in the first quarter. At the start, the Gauchos led 6-0.

Montgomery has won six consecutive games and is 15-9 overall. Casa’s record is 17-8.