Sonoma boys can’t catch the ’Hounds
Dragons play at Petaluma tonight, JVs nipped
Junior Jesse Summers looks to score for the Dragons in a recent SCL loss in Pfeiffer Gym.
Getting off to a slow start will always amp-up the pressure for a comeback, so keeping the score close lessens the urgency of the rally.
After just the opening quarter of their first Sonoma County League road game of the season last Monday evening, the Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity basketball boys were mired in an unfortunate 19-7 hole, and by halftime there was a definite urgency as they trailed Healdsburg 35-20.
The visiting Dragons did attempt a second-half run, which included shaving three points off their deficit in the third quarter, and putting up 21 in the fourth.
But Sonoma couldn’t slow down the Greyhounds, who maintained their double-digit advantage and finished with a 66-53 SCL win.
Pacing the Dragons were junior Jesse Summers’ 15 points, junior Vincent Albano’s 12, junior Jack Murphy’s 11, senior Vince Bruton’s 10, sophomore Alex Gustafson’s five, and the strong second-half defensive play of sophomore Tristan Mertens.
The Sonoma boy cagers remain on the league road with a 7:30 p.m. game tonight at longtime SCL rival Petaluma.
Sonoma’s junior varsity boy cagers looked like they were on their way to an SCL road victory last Monday after falling just short of a win in their previous two games.
The visiting Dragon jayvees maintained a seven-point lead for almost the entire game, but were finally caught and passed by Healdsburg with 18 seconds left, before pulling even on Kaden Cable’s clutch three-pointer.
But Sonoma again ended up with that heartbreak feeling as the Greyhounds got the final shot and converted it for a 33-31 win.
Pacing the jayvee Dragons were Cable’s 13 points and Kevin Hurtado’s eight.