Elsie Allen burns nets, Dragons in 1st SCL tilt
Sonoma boys hit league road, JVs, frosh split
Junior Vincent Albano takes possession of a loose ball during the Dragons SCL loss to Piner last week in Pfeiffer Gym.
From the opening tap of their first Sonoma County League meeting, Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity basketball boys found themselves a step, a leap or a touch behind new SCL member Elsie Allen, which also stayed just ahead of them on the scoreboard throughout Friday night’s game in Pfeiffer Gym.
With the visiting Lobos, mainly senior Angel Sanchez and sophomore Joe Hoeup, consistingly hitting their outside shots – they combined for eight treys, six of them in the first half, and ended up with a game-high 22 points each – Sonoma had to remain in chase-mode,
After trailing 15-14 following one quarter, 28-25 at the half, and 42-36 after three periods, the Dragons had to play tough defense in the fourth-quarter to give themselves any chance at a win, and they ended up sending Elsie Allen to the free-throw line, where it kept its edge down the stretch and handed Sonoma a 63-55 loss.
Pacing the young Dragons were junior Vincent Albano’s 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals; senior Vincent Bruton’s 10 points, five rebounds and steals; juniors Jesse Summers’ and Jack Murphy’s 10 points each; sophomore Cyle Gusse’s five points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists; sophomore Alex Gustafson’s five points; and sophomore Trevor Welch’s two points and three rebounds.
The Sonoma boy cagers, who played at SCL foe Healdsburg last night – results not available at presstime – and will continue on the league road for the next two games.
Sonoma’s junior varsity and freshman boys’ hoops teams split their decisions against visiting Elsie Allen on Friday, with the Dragon jayvees being edged 39-36, while the frosh boys posted a 48-35 victory, led by Daniel Van Kirk’s game-high 16 points, Edwin Reyes’ 13 and Austin Chapin’s 10.
The Dragon jayvees were paced by Kevin Hurtado’s 12 points and 15 rebounds; Spencer McNairy’s 10 points and four rebounds; Anthony Hamiter’s six points and four rebounds; Kaden Cable’s four points and five rebounds; Luke Vaughn’s two points and four rebounds; and Return Bongiovanni’s two points.