Albany holds off Dragons
Sonoma boys at Tam Tuesday, JV edged, frosh win tourney pair
Sonoma’s junior point guard Vincent Albano drives through a crowded lane to score a basket during the Dragons’ nonleague loss to Albany Tuesday night in Pfeiffer Gym.
In the second game of their 2012-13 season, another slow start kept the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball boys in catch-up mode after being saddled with a 15-7 first-quarter deficit against nonleague foe Albany Tuesday night in Pfeiffer Gym.
Using an 11-2 run to open the second period, the Dragons, sparked by the scoring trio of senior Vince Bruton and juniors Vincent Albano and Jesse Summers, had leads of 18-17 and 23-21, before trailing 27-26 at halftime.
After they pulled even at 30-30 in the opening minutes of the third quarter, Albany went on a scoring binge that resulted in an 11-0 run and an eventual 46-34 advantage, which the Sonoma boys couldn’t overcome down the fourth-quarter stretch in dropping a 62-52 decision.
Pacing the Dragons were Bruton’s double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds to go with one blocked shot; Summers’ 16 points; point-guard Albano’s 13 points and eight assists; sophomore Alex Gustafson’s five points and five rebounds; sophomore Trevor Welch’s two points and a block; and junior Jack Murphy’s four rebounds.
Rounding out the Sonoma boys’ roster – directed by head coach Dennis Housman and assistant coaches Drue Jacobs, Pete Livingston, Sal Chavez and Casey Moll – are juniors Dario Minatta and Matt Robinson; and sophomores Cyle Gusse, Tristan Mertens and Ryan Wilbanks.
The Dragon boy cagers travel to Mill Valley to play a nonleague 7:30 p.m. game at Tamalpais this Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Sonoma’s junior varsity hoops boys couldn’t hold a first-half lead after a cold second-half shooting spell and were edged 32-29 Tuesday night by visiting Albany.
The freshman Dragon boy cagers are currently competing in the annual Elsie Allen Frosh Tournament in Santa Rosa and opened the tourney by routing host Elsie Allen 62-24 on Monday, then followed with a 54-42 second-round victory over St. Vincent’s (Petaluma) on Tuesday.
With Sonoma’s two wins, led by Edwin Reyes’ game-high 36 and 22 points, respectively, the frosh Dragons reached yesterday’s Elsie Allen Tourney semifinals – results not available at presstime – and the tournament championship game is today.