BOYS RANKINGS…PLAYER OF WEEK…RACE UPDATES
No. 1 Windsor (20-3) (Last Week No. 1)…The first ever North Bay League championship is taken care of. Now the goal is a strong finish and a No. 1 seed in the North Coast Section Division II playoffs. In the power rankings they are No. 2 behind El Cerrito.
No. 2 Analy (17-7) (2)…Despite a loss, they hold their position. The win over Petaluma not only puts them in the driver’s seats for another SCL championship, but keeps them here. Despite the impressive record they are No. 9 in the Division 3 power rankings.
No. 3 Petaluma (15-8) (5)…Took two out of three with the one point decision to Analy being the loss. The 44-35 win over Piner was especially impressive considering they fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter. It was a nerve wracking week which included the Piner and Analy game, along with a two point win over Sonoma Valley.
No. 4 Piner (13-10) (6)…Won two out of thee with the lone loss to Petaluma. Sandwiched around that was an impressive win over Analy and a big fourth quarter to get them past Elsie Allen. Scott Erickson and Jace Foster each scored 19 in the win over Analy.
No. 5 Santa Rosa (12-11) (4)…They are one win away from finishing over .500 in league play for the first time in the Max Preps era. Kalei Aukai averaged 20 points in a 1-1 week including scoring a season high 25 points in the loss to Ukiah. In that game he went 11 of 14 from the field.
No. 6 Montgomery (13-9) (9)…A two win week gets them in the wild battle for second place in the North Bay League. Joel Seitz score 19 in the win over Maria Carrillo. They next host Windsor, who will be playing their first game as NBL Champions.
No. 7 Cardinal Newman (15-8) (3)…For the second time this season the back to back games against Windsor and Ukiah didn’t go well. Those two teams have combined to give the Cardinals their four league losses.
No. 8 Cloverdale (19-4) (NR)…After being out of the rankings for two weeks they are back. They are one win away from their second straight twenty win season. Jayson McMillan averaged over 16 points a game in a three win week.
No. 9 Roseland University Prep (16-6) (NR)…This is the their second appearance in the rankings. What got them back in was getting their winning streak to ten with a Saturday 54-53 win over Healdsburg. Pablo Avendano and Francisco Valdez combined for 41 points. In the NCS playoffs they are one of those NCL teams in Division 4.
No. 10 Lower Lake (13-9) (7)…Quite a week as they went from dropping the upset of the year to taking back to back wins against two contenders in the NCL I race. The loss was to St. Helena, which was their first league win. The wins were over Fort Bragg and Kelseyville.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nick Fujii (Analy)
In the biggest week of the season the senior came through as Analy took two of three wins over contenders. The week started with an 18 point game in a 57-47 loss to Piner. That was followed by a 26 point performance in which he hit 5 three point shots in a 60-53 win over Healdsburg. It was his first 20 point game since the first game of the season.
He wrapped up the week with an 18 point game in the 51-50 win over Petaluma. He hit three straight 3’s in the fourth quarter that turned a 47-40 Petaluma lead to 50-49, which set up this super finish.
NORTH BAY LEAGUE
A three game week ends the league race. With the league championship decided the focus goes turns t how the teams will finish behind Windsor.
Cardinal Newman, Montgomery and Santa Rosa are tied for second. Ukiah is one game behind those three and must pass one of them to get into the NBL post season tournament.
Montgomery has home games with Windsor on Monday and Santa Rosa on Friday.
Before going to Montgomery on Friday, Santa Rosa has a home game against Cardinal Newman on Wednesday.
The games Ukiah has are against teams behind them. The way the schedule is set up a 3-0 week would probably get them in.
SONOMA COUNTY LEAGUE
With all the ups and downs that this race has had, it’s looking like it will end with the normal theme. Analy has a one game lead with two to go and end the regular season with Elsie Allen and El Molino who have a combined league record of 4-16.
Analy is 8-2, Piner 8-3 and Petaluma 7-3. If there is a tie for the top spot, the NCS automatic berth will be decided by who does the best in the postseason tournament.
Second place gets you a home game for the first round of the postseason tournament. Piner has the advantage in the tie-breaker for that spot.
This race had a major change this week. It went from a four team race to a two team race. Cloverdale and Lower Lake are in a first place tie. Fort Bragg and Kelseyville have fallen two games back after both having a two loss week.
On Saturday, Fort Bragg was upset by Clear Lake 72-69. Clear Lake has made a nice turnaround, winning three straight to move to 6-5 which is one back of Fort Bragg and Kelseyville.
After being upset by Willits to start the week, Lower Lake defeated Fort Bragg and Kelseyville to stay in the race.
After not having one the last few years, the league is having a post season tournament.
Roseland University Prep has a one game lead over St. Vincent with three left. The two teams meet at Roseland University Prep on Tuesday. Roseland University Prep won the first meeting 34-30.
Anderson Valley won a thriller from Mendocino 57-55. Anderson Valley has won nine straight and has a two game lead over Mendocino with three to go.
SMALL SCHOOL BRIDGE LEAGUE
Archbishop Hanna has all but wrapped up the league taking a three game lead. Acutally they may have it wrapped up. Archbishop Hanna had a 3-1 week to raise its record to 20-4. It is the third straight season they have reached the .500 mark.
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