High school boys basketball roundup: Lobos secure share of SCL title

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Elsie Allen clinched at least a tie for the SCL title Wednesday night as the Lobos defeated host Petaluma, 66-43.

Elsie Allen will have a chance to win the crown outright against Sonoma Valley at home Friday night.

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This team is already in the school record books as the first boys basketball squad to win a league title.

Coach Madison Lott said there wasn’t a lot of celebrating in the locker room after beating Petaluma.

“The guys made it quite clear they’re not satisfied unless we win the league outright,” he said. “They were adamant they weren’t done yet.”

The Lobos started slow against Petaluma and it was 9-9 after one quarter.

Elsie Allen (10-1 in SCL) heated up in the second quarter and grabbed a 26-15 lead at intermission.

The Lobos’ one-two punch of Joe Hoeup and Jalen Busby had outstanding games. Hoeup had a game-high 24 points, including six 3-pointers, while Busby wound up with 21 and pulled down 15 rebounds.

“We tried zone against them and then went to man-to-man,” Petaluma coach John Behrs said. “Hoeup and Busby just went off. We couldn’t stop them. They’re definitely the best team in our league.”

The Lobos have won 10 in a row and are 20-5 overall.

Peter Baldwin was Petaluma’s top scorer with 14.

HEALDSBURG 53, SONOMA VALLEY 47

At Sonoma, the Greyhounds fell behind early and then rallied for the upset victory.

The Greyhounds took the lead with a 21-5 edge in the second quarter.

Landon Courtman led Healdsburg with 17 points. Cody Newman added 12 and nailed three from behind the arc.

The Dragons had four players finish in double figures: Alex Gustafson (14), Cyle Caselli (13), Ryan Fisher (10) and Ryan Wilbanks (10). Caselli also snared 18 rebounds.

ANALY 75, EL MOLINO 32

At Sebastopol, Malcolm Jenkins scored a game-high 17 points and teammate Chance Ortega had 13.

The Tigers led 18-3 after one period and upped the lead to 38-10 at halftime.

“That was as good as we’ve shot all season,” coach Brett Page said. “We were 85 percent from the free-throw line and 47 percent from the 3-point line.”

In NBL games:

CARDINAL NEWMAN 79, SANTA ROSA 55

At Santa Rosa, the Cardinals put the game away by outscoring the visitors, 26-9, in the third quarter.

James Ryan had eight of his nine points in the period.

Connor Rubattino was Newman’s high-point man with 15.

MARIA CARRILLO 56, UKIAH 46

At Santa Rosa, Clayton Andrews went off for 31 points to lead the Pumas to victory.

It was the sixth time during the league season that Andrews eclipsed the 30-point mark.

“He’s only 5’-6” but he’s so quick and shifty,” coach Will Parker said. “He gets defenders off balance and then attacks.”

Dominic Garcia contributed 13 to the cause.

Ben Carter had 14 for Ukiah, two more than Connor Kennedy.

WINDSOR 55, RANCHO COTATE 17

At Rohnert Park, the Jaguars scored 18 in the first quarter while holding the Cougars to two.

Windsor’s Gabe Knight scored 17 while Parker Canady contributed 12 and also had eight rebounds.

For Rancho, Mike Humphry had six points.

The Cougars shot 5-of-32 from the field.