Sonoma smothered by towering Tigers
Dragon boys into 3-game SCL week, hosting Healdsburg Friday; JVs fall, frosh split
Sophomore Alex Gustafson (No. 32) attempts to penetrate the tightly guarded paint for a score during the Dragons’ one-sided SCL defeat to first-place Analy Saturday in Pfeiffer Gym.
For the second straight Sonoma County League game, Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity basketball boys were without the services of their lone senior, Vince Bruton, and for the second consecutive game, they showed the effects of not having their standout post-player, who is sidelined with a sprained ankle.
After battling back before being edged by El Molino on the road last Wednesday, the Dragons returned home Saturday night and this time paid a, literally, bigger price of missing their inside presence and top rebounder, as powerful SCL first-place Analy totally dominated the action in Pfeiffer Gym from Saturday’s opening tap.
With depth and talent anchored by a front-line averaging 6 feet 7 inches in height, the visiting Tigers continuously attacked Sonoma on offense, and, relentlessly, were smothering on defense, not allowing double-digit points in any quarter en route to a runaway 65-25 win.
Pacing the Dragons were junior Jack Murphy’s nine points.
The Dragon boys, who played at Piner yesterday – results not available at presstime – will remain on the league road with a return trip to Santa Rosa for a game at Elsie Allen tomorrow night, Wednesday, Jan. 30, before they host longtime SCL rival Healdsburg this Friday, Feb. 1, in Pfeiffer Gym. The junior varsity will play at 6, followed by the varsity tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
Sonoma’s jayvee hoops boys also had a tough time against visiting Analy, dropping a 64-35 decision.
Pacing the Dragon jayvees were Ryan Fisher’s nine points; Kevin Hurtado’s seven points and 11 rebounds; Spencer McNairy’s seven points; and Kaden Cable’s and Thomas Crumly’s seven rebounds each.
As for Sonoma’s freshman boy cagers, they started last week with a dominating road performance in routing El Molino 63-39, but then ended the week by being handed a 59-43 home defeat by a strong Analy team.
The frosh Dragon boys were led past El Molino by Edwin Reyes’ 30-point effort and Travis Claeys’ 11 rebounds, and were paced against Analy by Reyes’ 21 points, Austin Chapin’s 10 and Max Yankovich’s eight.