NCS basketball tournament roundup: Cardinal Newman boys give coach win No. 700

Tom Bonfigli's Cardinal Newman basketball team will enter the NCS playoffs as the top-seeded team among Division 4 boys. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Tom Bonfigli’s Cardinal Newman basketball team enters the NCS playoffs as the top-seeded team among Division 4 boys. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Coach Tom Bonfigli reached career win No. 700 Wednesday night as his Cardinal Newman Cardinals defeated visiting Roseland Prep, 69-43, in the first round of the NCS Division 4 playoffs.

“I’m humbled by the number,” he said. “I thank God, my players through the years and their parents.”

Bonfigli won his first game during the 1980-81 season.

“It was against Marin Catholic and the score was 73-48,” he said. “I can remember the scores of every game from No. 100 on.”

A total of 480 of those victories came while heading the Cardinals’ program. He won 220 games while at Justin-Siena.

On Wednesday, Bonfigli’s team led 18-8 after one quarter and 29-18 at halftime.

James Ryan led the offense with 15 points. Connor Rubattino added 12 while Cody Baker finished with 11.

For Roseland Prep, Pablo Avendano led the way with 17.

HEAD-ROYCE 54, ST. VINCENT 35

At Oakland, the home team grabbed an 11-0 lead and the Mustangs never caught up.

“We came out like we’d never been there before,” coach Lance Phillips said. “We crawled back in the game and only trailed by four at halftime.

“Then we went the first five minutes of the third quarter without scoring.”

Grant Devoe scored a dozen for St. Vincent, while Chris Wright knocked down 25 for Head-Royce.

ST. MARY’S 79, WILLITS 44

At Albany, the Wolverines were unable to handle St. Mary’s frenetic defense.

“They came out in the third quarter with a full-court jump press,” Willits coach Duane Nelson said. “We practiced against it, but they were just so long, quick and big.”

R. VALLEY CHRISTIAN 57, REALM CHRISTIAN 56

At Santa Rosa, Willy Chung hit the game-winner with just over a minute remaining. It was a three-foot floater in the paint.

Realm got off two shots in the final seconds, but neither found the bottom of the net.

Joe Lin scored 20 points for RVC, while Charlie Segale had 14. Sophomore Chung wound up with 11 to go along with eight assists.

ST. JOSEPH NOTRE DAME 56, SONOMA ACADEMY 19

At Alameda, the Coyotes were no match for the defending Division 5 state champions.

In girls playoff games Wednesday night:

CARDINAL NEWMAN 76, JOHN SWETT 19

Cardinal Newman’s girls basketball team won its 18th game in a row by defeating John Swett in the first round of the NCS Division 4 Tournament.

The pivotal quarter was the second, when the visitors from Crockett failed to score while the Cardinals scored 27.

All 12 Cardinal Newman players scored, with Kylie Kiech leading the way with 11 points. Hailey Vice-Neat was next with nine.

“I was happy with how we shared the ball,” coach Monica Mertle said.

“We had 20 assists, which shows how unselfish the girls are.”

Newman, the No. 3 seed, hasn’t lost since Dec. 30.

The Cardinals host Justin-Siena in the second round on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

PIEDMONT 68, HEALDSBURG 25

At Piedmont, the Greyhounds stayed close for a quarter before the home team took control.

After one, it was 13-9, but by halftime the lead had grown to 35-15.

“They were just better athletes overall,” Healdsburg coach Jimmy Gonnella said. “They’re the best team we’ve faced this season, no doubt about it.

“Our game plan was to slow down the tempo, but we made a few turnovers and they scored a few easy baskets to put the game away.”

Hailey Roux, the top scorer in the Sonoma County League, led Healdsburg with 12 points.

Ameela Li had 20 points for Piedmont.

VALLEY CHRISTIAN 73, ST. VINCENT 23

At Dublin, the top-seeded Vikings cruised past No. 16 St. Vincent.

Olivia DeGraca and Taylor Owen shared high-point honors for the Mustangs with nine apiece.

The score was 22-5 after one quarter.