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RECAP: SCL CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT GETS DEFENSIVE

by / Sunday, 21 February 2016 / Published in News

If you are a fan of offensive basketball SRJC wasn’t the place to be Saturday Night.

Actually, after all was finished, being an Analy fan wasn’t too hot either.

GIRLS—SONOMA VALLEY 37 ANALY 31                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This game started out both offensive and good for the Analy fans. Sophie McFadin scored four of her team high 13 points in the first minutes of the game as Analy jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

Then Analy went into a drought. That might be an understatement. They wouldn’t score for another seven minutes and would have two field goals and six points the rest of the half.

Sonoma Valley wasn’t much better, but they were good enough to take control of the game. Five different players scored in the first quarter as Sonoma Valley took an 11-6 lead after one.

Analy did cut the lead to 16-12 with three minutes left in the half, but that was it for them for the rest of the half. Renee O’ Donnell scored four points in a 5-0 run to end the half, which gave Sonoma Valley a 21-12 lead. O’Donnell was Sonoma Valley’s leading scorer in the first half, scoring all of her six points.

The second half wasn’t much better offensively, but the difference turned out to be that Sonoma Valley had Jenny Eggers and Analy didn’t. Eggers ended up the game’s leading scorer with 14 points. In the second half she scored ten of Sonoma Valley’s first 12 points. Her three point shot with 5:20 left gave Sonoma Valley their biggest lead of the night at 31-19 and basically ended the suspense. The closest Analy would get would be the final score and that would be with :14.8 left.

Because the two teams ended tied for first in the regular season race, this game was for the league’s automatic spot in the NCS playoffs. Both teams will qualify though.

Sonoma Valley goes to 20-7 on the season. It is the second straight season they have reached the twenty win mark. It is the second time in school history that they have won the SCL Post Season Tournament.

Analy drops to 17-11.

 

Petaluma celebrates the dramatic win at SRJC. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Erbst)

BOYS—PETALUMA 27 ANALY 26
Looking at the score you might assume that this was a boring game.

You would be wrong.

This score was so low because of some aggressive defense that went right to the end.

Analy had the ball with :09.1 left in it back court. The inbounds pass went to Travis Holmes who dribbled nearly the length of the court and had a layup like shot in heavy traffic that fell off at the buzzer and Petaluma had survived.

The film of this game will not go into any offensive hall of fame. It might be eligible for some defensive hall of fame.

The poster child for the defensive gem was Analy’s 6’ 7” center Jordan Armstrong. He put on a dominating performance pulling down twenty rebounds and blocking three shots. Although he stood out all night, one possession really stood out. With Petaluma leading 27-26 in the last minute he got an offensive rebound. He missed the returned and Analy came down and in one possession he blocked two shots to get Analy back the ball with :15 left in its first of two chances to win the game. That first possession was stopped by a block by Petaluma’s Ryan Cox.

Despite the defensive form of this game, there were five ties and two lead changes in the first half. Joey Potts’ tip in gave Petaluma a 14-12 halftime lead. That set up the most fluid offense of the night. Kelly Garber scored four of his game high 10 points in a 9-0 run to give Petaluma a 23-12 lead halfway through the quarter. Garber was the only player in the game to score in double figures.

The way the offense was going that seemed to be it. The Petaluma student section felt so confident they started chanting, “double digits”.

They should have known better.

Petaluma would not score again for the next five minutes and thanks to Armstrong scoring four of his team high eight points, Analy had cut in to 23-19. Petaluma would only score two more baskets the rest of the game. How ironic it was, that last basket came with four minutes left after another strong defensive stand by Analy, Drake Paretti threw up a wild twenty footer to beat the shot clock that banked in. That turned out to be his only points. It also turned out to be the game winner.

Petaluma wins its second ever SCL Post Season Championship and are now 19-8 on the season. They are one win away from winning twenty games in a season for the first time since who knows when.

Analy falls to 20-8 and because they won the regular season outright and will get the automatic berth for the SCL for the NCS playoffs.

 

CLOVERDALE NIGHT
Both the Cloverdale Boys and Girls won the NCL I post season tournament at Mendocino College in Ukiah.

Jayson McMillan scored 19 and Gage Hoover added 16 to lead the Cloverdale Boys past Fort Bragg 55-42.

Fort Bragg led 12-8 after one, but then Cloverdale outscored them 34-15 in the next two quarters.

Cloverdale also won the regular season championship and is 24-4 on the season.

The Cloverdale Girls led from the start and upset Middletwon 42-29. Angel Bernardi led the Eagles with 14 points, as they go to 23-6.

Middletown, who falls to 23-7, ended the league race tied with Kelseyville. They get the automatic NcS Berth because they did better in the post season tournament than Kelseyville did.

That was mainly because Kelseyville had to play Cloverdale first, who beat both teams in the tournament.

 

TIEBREAKER
Roseland University Prep pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat St. Vincent 49-41 in a game that decided the automatic berth for the NCS playoffs for the NCL II Boys. Pablo Avendano, Harry Gonzalez and Francisco Valdez combined for 36 points.

Roseland University Prep is 20-7 on the season. It is the third straight season they have reached the twenty win mark. Roseland University Prep might have needed the win to get into the NCS Division 4 playoffs and because of the league champion rule they could get a home game.

St. Vincent is 21-5 and is in Division 5 and could still get a home game.

UP NEXT
Today the picks will be made for the North Coast Section playoffs. There are six divisions in basketball. The local teams should be well represented.

My email address is jacpasquini@comcast.net

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