High school boys basketball roundup: Elsie Allen claims first basketball title

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Elsie Allen captured sole possession of the SCL regular-season championship by defeating visiting Sonoma Valley, 47-31, Friday night.

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The Lobos (11-1) held a one-game advantage over Piner. It’s the first boys basketball title in the school’s 20-year history.

In the league tournament which begins Wednesday, Elsie Allen will host Sonoma Valley while Piner has a home game with Analy.

With so much at stake, the Lobos started quickly and scored the game’s first 16 points. Sonoma didn’t get on the scoreboard until the final minute of the first period.

The Dragons failed to reach double digits in any quarter.

“Our defense was amazing,” Elsie Allen coach Madison Lott said. “

Raysean Barrios did an outstanding job on Sonoma’s leading scorer Cyle Caselli. He held him to two.”

As he has in nearly every game, Jalen Busby led the offense. He had 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Lott said his team is on a mission.

“They said they’re not satisfied with just winning league,” he said. “They’re focused on winning the league tournament and then making a run in NCS.”

PINER 63, HEALDSBURG 46

At Healdsburg, the Prospectors wrapped up second place in league.

Keith Adams nailed four 3-point shots on his way to a game-high 22. Center Adam Kuzmicki finished with 16.

For the Greyhounds, Landon Courtman’s 21 points and 13 rebounds weren’t enough. Josiah Vasquez contributed 11 points.

Piner assumed control early and led 19-4 after one quarter.

PETALUMA 52, EL MOLINO 43

At Forestville, the Trojans ended their season on a winning note.

John Molinari scored 11 and Ryan Cox and Ryan Perez had eight apiece.

For the Lions, Montag Genser scored 19 and Jordan Kerkvliet finished with 13.

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WINDSOR 60, MARIA CARRILLO 42

At Windsor, the Jaguars’ Gabe Knight scored 30 of his 35 points in the first half.

Playing despite being weakened by the flu, Knight was 10 of 10 from the field in the first half.

Windsor led 22-10 after one and upped the advantage to 41-18 at intermission.

Clayton Andrews was Carrillo’s top scorer with 22.

UKIAH 68, RANCHO COTATE 52

At Rohnert Park, the visiting Wildcats drained seven 3s while enjoying one of their best offensive games of the season.

Ukiah had four players score in double figures: Nate Hale (16), Connor Kennedy (13), Sammy Mora (12) and Alec Mora (10).

For Rancho, Alec Wong led the way with 13. Jake Howard grabbed 14 rebounds.