NCS boys basketball: Archbishop Hanna pulls away from Anderson Valley

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Larry Michel drained three 3-point shots in the final three minutes to rally Archbishop Hanna to an 83-76 victory over Anderson Valley in NCS Division 6 semifinal play Wednesday night in Sonoma.

Michel’s first trey made it 73-73 and, after an Anderson Valley unsuccessful possession, he connected again to put his team up for good. His final 3-pointer provided insurance.

“I took him out of the game and wasn’t planning on playing him in the fourth,” coach Courtney Jackson said. “He kept begging me to get back in the game and I finally relented.

“I’m glad I did.”

Michel, a 5-foot-10 senior, finished with 14 points. Armani Perry was the Hawks’ top scorer with 18. Taray Cannon and Jhe’nearo Hemingway finished with 11 each.

Cannon made three free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.

Anderson Valley’s Abraham Sanchez finished with 26 points, and he made six shots from behind the arc. Elvis Gaxiola had 15, one more than Erin Perez.

Panthers’ coach Luis Espinoza could only shake his head when he reviewed free throw stats.

“We only made 13 of 23,” he said. “That killed us.”

The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak and Anderson Valley’s record is now 19-9.

“We’re hoping this wasn’t our last game,” Espinoza said. “This is the best team I’ve coached and I’d love to see them get a chance in next week’s NorCals.

“I was told this is the furtherest an Anderson Valley team has gotten in NCS since 1980.”

No. 3 seed Hanna (24-4) already is assured a spot in the NorCal playoffs, but first will play top-seeded St. Bernard (19-10) on Saturday night for an NCS championship.