TUESDAY RECAP: ANOTHER WILD NIGHT IN SCL BOYS RACE
Parity, for the most part, has hit the Sonoma County League Boys race and frankly it is good to see.
The race is barely a week old and there are no undefeated teams left. That was taken care of Tuesday night, when the two left went down.
In Healdsburg, it was No. 3 Analy who dropped a 62-50 decision. Landon Courtman and Juan Aguilar each had double-double’s for Healdsburg. Courtman scored 18 points and pulled down ten rebounds. Aguilar had 16 and 18. It was Aguilar’s ninth double-double of the season and seventh in the last eight games.
It was a huge win for Healdsburg, who lost its first two league games, which dropped them out of the YSN365.com rankings. They are now 2-2 in league play.
Meanwhile No. 5 Petaluma, the undefeated league team going into last night, lost at No. 10 Piner 52-44. Piner went into the fourth quarter trailing 40-38. Scott Erickson led Piner with 20 points.
It the other game, three players scored in double figures as Defending Champion Elsie Allen defeated El Molino 67-43. Darius Hill and Nicholas Hercules combined for 31 points.
So after the wild night, six of the seven teams are one game apart in the loss column. Piner is in sole possession of first place at 3-1. The reason is they have played one more game than Analy, Petaluma and Elsie Allen, who are all 2-1. Healdsburg is at 2-2, which is followed by Sonoma Valley at 1-2.
The league is set up for another ruckus night on Thursday as the four teams with one loss are all meeting each other with Piner at Elsie Allen and Petaluma at Analy.
NCL I BATTLE FOR FIRST
The Sonoma County League isn’t the only race that is having the unexpected. The first week of the NCL I Boys race set up a battle for first place between No. 6 Fort Bragg and Lower Lake. Fort Bragg took a 78-66 win and three games into the league race, they are the only team undefeated.
Myles Anderson, who is the son of Fort Bragg head coach Tim Anderson, hit six 3’s on his way to a season high 34 points. He shattered his previous high of 15. Kaylor Sullivan and Lucas Triplett, the hot passing combination from the NCL I champion football team, each had double doubles. Triplett, who for the season is Fort Bragg’s leading scorer, had 13 points and 12 rebounds for his for his seventh of the season.
Fort Bragg is 10-5 on the season and at 3-0 sits one game ahead of Cloverdale, Kelseyville and Lower Lake. They have beaten two of those teams. The only one they haven’t beaten is Cloverdale. The two teams meet on Tuesday, January 26th at Cloverdale to end the first half of the league race. Between now and then there are three league games.
Kelseyville kept pace with a dramatic win over Willits 52-50. They were four down with :30 left and hit back to back 3’s, the last by Trey Conrad with 1.5 left for the game winner.
Upper Lake Natalie Karlsson put on a performance that would make the Splash Brothers proud.
Karlsson scored 37 points to lead Upper Lake to a 59-48 win over St. Vincent De Paul.
To say she only scored 37 is only part of the story. She hit seven 3’s on the night. Six of those were in the third quarter as she was scoring 25 of Upper Lake’s 27 points. That quarter was the difference in the game. Upper Lake turned a 19-19 halftime score into a 46-36 lead.
We aren’t done with Karlsson yet. She also had twelve rebounds and 11 steals for her first triple double of the season. The twelve rebounds equals a season high, the eleven steals are a season high.
On the season Karlsson is averaging an area high 22.3 a game. She has scored in double figures in all but one game.
Upper Lake is 8-7 overall and 3-0 in NCL II play. This is the same league that No. 7 Sonoma Academy is in. They scored fewer points than Karlsson did by herself, but still went to 11-0 with a 30-18 win over Rincon Valley Christian.
Upper Lake is at Sonoma Academy next Tuesday. The two teams have one road game before then.
CHANGE OF PACE
The pace of the basketball season compared to the football season is almost the difference between a Indy 500 race and the car driven by Fred Flintstone. For teenagers who doesn’t know what that reference means, ask your parents (or your grandparents).
The difference of speed has caused some ugly crashes (mostly behind the scenes).
I had an honors list set up and ready to go, Boys and Girls, for the last week. Well the action the last two nights basically made the list obsolete.
For example, Karlsson was on the list after scoring a season high 38 last week.
I will try to control the steering wheel a little better.
WITH ALL OF THAT
Tonight No. 1 Windsor is at No. 2 Cardinal Newman in Boys Basketball
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