Prospectors snare Sonoma cagers
Dragon boys host Elsie Allen tonight; JVs, frosh fall
Sonoma’s Jack Murphy controls the ball while surrounded by Piner players during the Dragons’ close SCL loss Wednesday night in Pfeiffer Gym.
Attempting to get their Sonoma County League season off to a 2-0 start, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball boys turned in a solid effort against a well-coached and perennially tough Piner team Wednesday night in Pfeiffer Gym.
Coming off a hard-fought win over a pesky El Molino squad in last Friday’s SCL opener, the Dragons matched the intensity and competitive spirit of Piner, which is one of the league’s two new school members, from the outset and trailed by just four points at halftime.
But the visiting Prospectors managed to hold off a series of Sonoma second-half comebacks and escape the Valley with a 65-58 SCL win.
Pacing the Dragons were junior Jesse Summers’ 21 points; senior Vince Bruton’s 17 points and five rebounds; sophomore Cyle Gusse’s 14 points and three rebounds; junior Vincent Albano’s two points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals; junior Jack Murphy’s two points and three steals; and sophomore Alex Gustafson’s two points.
The Dragon boy cagers will host the other new SCL school, Elsie Allen, tonight in Pfeiffer Gym, with the freshmen starting at 4:30, the junior varsity playing at 6, and the varsity tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
Sonoma’s jayvee and frosh boys’ hoop teams turned in solid, competitive efforts against visiting SCL foe Piner Wednesday night, but came up just short in the end.
The Dragon jayvee boys faced a squad that routed them early in the season, but this time they stayed on the visitors’ heals and had a chance to steal a win, before dropping a close 52-48 decision when, without a timeout left, one was called by the players, which resulted in a technical foul, which enabled Piner to seal its victory.
Pacing the Sonoma jayvees were Spencer McNairy’s 23 points and six rebounds, and Kaden Fisher’s nine points and five rebounds.
As for the Dragon frosh boy cagers, they were topped 71-62, paced by Edwin Reyes’ game-high 30 points.