NEAT PACKAGE: TOP FIVE FOR SATURDAY
If you missed the neat packages from last week you missed how the barrage of tournaments that are being played is going to be handled by going with the top five stories as the weekend plays out. Not sure how well that will go, but here is weekend number two of tournament mania.
No. 5…Preview of Future Games
There were two North Bay League Previews, one Boys and one Girls on Friday Night in two different tournaments.
There maybe two more tonight.
The Rose City first round didn’t go well for the local teams in the Rose City tournament. Three teams from the North Bay League and one from the Sonoma County League played separate first round games on Thursday and all lost.
What that did do was set up some local matchups which include the Consolation Championship tonight between Cardinal Newman and Santa Rosa. Tip-off is at 4:30.
Both teams got to the game with wins in the second round.
In NBL preview number one, Cardinal Newman played its best game of the season in a 50-31 win over Rancho Cotate. The Cardinals are coming off one of their best season’s ever which included a trip to the State Championship Game. They were hit hard by graduation and it has shown at the start of the season in which they have started 3-4.
Santa Rosa rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat El Molino 52-45 to raise its record to 3-1.
Santa Rosa seems to be slowly but surely turning its program around. After a one win season three years ago they have won a combined sixteen games over the last two years.
The final day of the Rose City starts at 3 pm with the seventh place game between Rancho Cotate and El Molino.
The championship game goes at 7:30 between St. Mary’s and San Marin. Those two teams defeated Santa Rosa and Cardinal Newman in the first round.
Montgomery and Maria Carrillo are usually two contenders for an NBL Girls championship.
The two teams met in the semi-final game of the Ukiah tournament on Friday Night with Montgomery taking a 37-20 win over Maria Carrillo. Montgomery after a slow start which they trailed 3-2 after one, controlled things the rest of the way with four scoring eight points each.
Montgomery moved to the championship game of the tournament which might be another NBL preview. The other semi-final was between Ukiah and Petaluma, but no results have been reports. Good time to remind if you want to help cover your team, let me know. My email is at the bottom of the post. Or leave a message on the YSN facebook page. Somebody will be in touch.
One thing for sure is that Montgomery goes into the game 5-2.
No. 4…NBL Favorite
On day one of practice there was a post on the YSN365.com facebook page of Montgomery being the pre-season No. 1 Boys team and Santa Rosa the No. 1 Girls team.
After a late start game wise, Santa Rosa hasn’t changed anyone’s mind starting 3-0 with three one sided wins.
On Friday they defeated Moreau Catholic 51-33 in the semifinal of a tournament in Terra Nova. That was the closest game of the three, although it wasn’t that close. Santa Rosa led by 30 in the third quarter. Morgan Bertsch and Devin Murray each had double doubles.
Moreau Catholic had a 20 win season last season.
Santa Rosa meets St. Francis of Mountain View in the Championship Game tonight. St. Francis went 24-9 last season including a win over Santa Rosa in the semi-final of this tournament.
St. Francis is 5-1 this season and has won the first two games of this tournament by a combined three points to advance to the championship game.
No. 3…Big vs. Small Chapter 1
The annual tournament in Cloverdale had a problem. A team bailed on them fairly recently which left them with an awkward seven team tournament.
Cloverdale put on an alert that if anyone had the weekend open they need a team.
Granada, a team from Livermore, answered the call.
Granada is a Division 1 team with over 2,100 students. That is 600 less than the other seven teams in the tournament combined.
Granada has advanced to the championship game with two one sided wins. They scored over 90 points in each game even though the fourth quarter was a running clock.
Granada will meet Cloverdale in the championship game. Tip-off is at 7:30.
Cloverdale advanced to the championship games with wins over St. Vincent and Berean Christian.
In the Friday Night win they pulled away in the second half 66-36 over Berean Christian. A name familiar to old time Cloverdale fans, John McMillan scored 24 points. John is the grandson of the former coach who the tournament is named after. The Granddad coached Cloverdale for over two decades from the early 60’s to late 80’s. In between those two generations is Craig who helped Cloverdale to two state championships in the early 80’s.
The Cloverdale-Granada championship game starts at 7:30.
No. 2…Big vs. Small No. 2
A more local version of Big vs. Small will play out with Ukiah meeting Willits tonight. The two schools, which are about 20 miles from each other in Mendocino County, travel to Healdsburg to meet in the REIBT championship game.
Ukiah goes into the game 6-1, Willits is 5-2. Both teams won one sided games in the semi-final Friday.
This is the second NBL team Willits will meet in the tournament. In the opening round they defeated Maria Carrillo 54-37.
The Ukiah-Willits game scheduled start is 7:30.
Before that at 6 pm will be the Girls Championship Game between Healdsburg and McKinleyville.
No. 1…Going Against No. 1
The SRJC Women is hosting its Annual Karen Franci and advanced to the second round with a 81-53 win over SW Oregon.
Waiting for them in the second round is San Francisco who is the No. 1 ranked team in the state and is 5-0 on the season.
In the win over SW Oregon two familar local high school players had big games.
Gretchen Harrigan, who went to Casa Grande, scored 35 and Madison Sowards who went to Maria Carrillo added 24. It was season highs for point.
Harrigan barely topped her season high. She had a 34 point game earlier this season and is averaging over 23 a game. She also had a season high 12 rebounds.
Sowards hit six of eight shots from three point range.
The San Francisco-SRJC is scheduled to tip off at 8 pm
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