The biggest story of last week was not the No. 1 vs. No. 2 game between Windsor and Cardinal Newman, although it does involve Cardinal Newman.
That was the game after. Cardinal Newman started the week with the home 58-44 loss to No. 1 Windsor. Next up was a trip to Ukiah. After a game like the one against Windsor, you are worried about a letdown. It is a common worry for any team coming off a game like this.
This seemed like coach talk. Ukiah went into the game 4-11 and 0-3 in NBL play. The closest game of the three losses was 56-47 to Santa Rosa.
Coaches talk right?
In what is the upset of this year, and who knows how many more, Ukiah defeated Cardinal Newman 60-52. Ukiah never trailed and had more than a ten point lead most of the game. Sammy Mora scored 12 points and Keegan Beebe added 11.
It is the first time that Ukiah has defeated Cardinal Newman in the MaxPreps era, which stretches back until 2005. That is 23 games and who knows how many more before MaxPreps.
That is just one result that makes a mess of the rankings, outside of No. 1 that is. Four of the ten teams ranked last week lost and all four of those teams lost twice.
No. 1 Windsor (13-3) (Last Week No. 1)…Started the week by going on the road and getting an impressive win over then No. 2 Cardinal Newman. Two wins this week would give them as many wins as they had all of last year.
No. 2 Montgomery (9-6) (4)…After opening league with a loss to Cardinal Newman, they have come back to win three straight all by double figures. That means there will be another No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup this week.
No. 3 Analy (12-6) (3)…Even though they lost two of three they keep their spot, which tells you what kind of week it was. One of the losses was a non-league loss to Mt. Eden.
No. 4 Cardinal Newman (9-6) (2)…The loss to Windsor wasn’t hard to understand, the loss to Ukiah turned heads. They lost as many games last week as they did in the whole league season in five of the last six seasons.
No. 5 Fort Bragg (11-5) (6)…Two weeks ago they were not mentioned in the rankings, now in the top half. Myles Anderson had a season high 34 points, hitting 14 of 21 from the field, in a 78-66 win over Lower Lake, which was a game for first place in the NCL I. Then Kaylor Sullivan had his second double-double of the season in a win over Clear Lake.
No. 6 Cloverdale (12-3) (8)…Bounced back with a two win week. Jayson McMillan, Gage Hoover and Marcus Poe all had two double figures scoring in both games of a 2-0 week.
No. 7 Piner (8-8) (10)…A two win week keeps them in good shape in the SCL race. After losing seven of ten to start the season, they have won four of their last five. Scott Erickson scored 20 points in a 52-44 win over Petaluma.
No. 8 Santa Rosa (8-8) (NR)…After a one week absence they reappear in the rankings after a two win week. They are one league win away from winning the same amount they did the last two seasons.
No. 9 Archbishop Hanna (11-2) (NR)…Has won six of seven and has looked impressive doing it. They went the holidays without playing a game. Then won two games last week by an average of thirty points a game.
No. 10 St. Vincent de Paul (10-3) (NR)…They make their first appearance in the rankings. After a 2-2 start, they have won eight of nine. Three of the wins are against SCL teams. Good week overall for school sports with the announcement the football team will join the NCL I.
For the Boys and Girls will be posted on Tuesday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gabe Knight (Windsor)
Scored 27 and pulled down 10 rebounds in the 58-44 win over Cardinal Newman. He also hit back to back three’s after their lead was cut to one in the third quarter.
He followed that up with a 15 point-7 rebound game in a 53-33 win over Casa Grande.
NORTH BAY LEAGUE
How close of a race this is, could be decided this week when Windsor travels to Montgomery on Tuesday. Windsor is 4-0 in league play and has a one game lead over Montgomery and Santa Rosa. Windsor has a win over Santa Rosa.
After hosting Rancho Cotate on Tuesday, Santa Rosa goes to Cardinal Newman on Thursday and hosts Montgomery next Monday..
SONOMA COUNTY LEAGUE
The theme of this race can change on any day.
Piner is 4-1 and has a half game lead over Analy who is 3-1. Elsie Allen, Healdsburg, Petaluma and Sonoma Valley all have two league losses.
Analy is at El Molino on Tuesday and they then hosts Elsie Allen.
After the league bye Piner is at Sonoma Valley.
Piner’s league loss is to Analy, whose league loss is to Healdsburg.
Fort Bragg has a one game lead over Lower Lake and Cloverdale.
Cloverdale travels to Lower Lake on Friday and then next Tuesday has a home game against Fort Bragg.
According to MaxPreps St. Vincent and Roseland Prep are the only undefeated teams.
They meet Tuesday at St. Vincent.
Anderson Valley is the only undefeated team. They have a win over Mendocino, which is their only loss.
SMALL BRIDGE CONFERENCE
This is the only league we cover that have two undefeated teams in league play and that is Cornerstone Christian and Archbishop Hanna. They are still over a week from playing each other.
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