RECAP: WINDSOR WRAPS UP NBL BOYS RACE
It is ironic that Windsor won its first ever North Bay League Boys Basketball Championship on the home court of the school that was an SCL rival before realignment four years ago.
No. 1 Windsor defeated Casa Grande 63-46. That combined with Ukiah defeating Cardinal Newman ends the North Bay League Boys Basketball Championship race. Windsor moves to 20-3 overall and to 11-0 in NBL play.
Windsor controlled the middle of the game, outscoring Casa Grande 19-9 in both the second and third quarter. Parker Canady scored 25 points with Gabe Knight adding 16. JJ Anderson scored 10 points to lead Casa Grande.
Windsor has an area long 12 game winning streak and is now 20-3 on the season, the first local team to hit the 20 win mark. This is the first basketball championship for Windsor since 2012 when they went 28-7 and tied Analy for the Sonoma County League championship.
It is the Cardinal Newman’s Girls turn tonight. They are at Maria Carrillo where a win will give them their second straight outright NBL championship. It will also be their 20th win of the season.
WIDE OPEN AFTER CHAMPIONS
If it wasn’t for the two league champions, the North Bay League would be having some wild races. Well the race for second is wild.
For the Boys, after Thursday’s action, Cardinal Newman, Montgomery and Santa Rosa are tied for second at 7-4. Ukiah is one back at 6-5.
Sammy Mora scored 18 points as Ukiah defeated Cardinal Newman 54-49. It is the second time this season that Ukiah has defeated Cardinal Newman.
On Thursday, Montgomery and Santa Rosa both won to move into part of that second place tie.
On the Girls side, Santa Rosa at 8-3 and is in second place, one game ahead of Montgomery.
While the rest of the league plays tonight, Casa Grande was at Ukiah last night. Both teams were tied for the final Post Season Tournament playoff spot going into the game at 6-5. Ukiah took the lead with a 60-54 win. It is Ukiah’s second win over Casa Grande, so they will have that tie-breaker advantage.
The SCL Boys basketball race has been back and forth all season. This week has been a great example of that. Tonight is the third game of the week. In the first two, the first place team has changed.
It will change again tonight, well partially.
Analy is at Petaluma with both teams going into the game at 7-2 and in a first place tie. After tonight there will be two games left.
This is the ultimate David-Goliath matchup.
We are used to seeing Analy being in this big of a game at this part of the season. They have won five of the last seven SCL championships.
Seeing Petaluma in a game like this is something new.
Petaluma will finish over .500 in league play for the first time since 2009. Since then the most games they have won in league play is five.
Analy won the first meeting 56-44.
The SCL Girls race is also tied and this one might hold for a while.
DJ Hayes scored 12 points to lead Analy past Healdsburg 44-30. Analy and Sonoma Valley are tied at 8-1.
The two teams have already played its two league games going 1-1 against each other.
There are three games to go in each race.
This was the highest scoring losing team of the season and it was in a big game.
Lower Lake bounced back from the upset of the season, with a 94-83 win over Fort Bragg. The two teams went into the game part of a three way tie for first place. On Tuesday night, Lower Lake was upset by St. Helena 83-52, which was the Saints first league win.
Sophomore Hokulani Wickard was one of four players in double figures with 28 points in a game that Lower Lake led 49-48 at the half. The two teams combined for 60 points in the second quarter and 50 in the fourth.
Lucas Triplett scored 35 points for Fort Bragg and Myles Anderson added 26. It was a season high for Triplett, second high for Anderson.
Lower Lake and Cloverdale are tied for first in the NCL I race with four to go, one game ahead of Fort Bragg and Kelseyville. Kelseyville is at Lower Lake on Saturday.
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