Sonoma stunned by late Trojan blitz

Coming off a tough, cold-shooting Sonoma County League loss that dropped them into an SCL fourth-place finish, no matter the result of their final game, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball boys hoped to regain their offensive punch and end their regular season on an upbeat note.

Playing in front of a large and loud Pfeiffer Gym crowd on senior night last Thursday, the Dragons engaged in seesaw battle with longtime SCL rival Petaluma, first taking a 13-11 first-quarter advantage, then, after a halftime tie, scored the final six points of the third period, five by senior Andy Chavez, and had a 45-39 lead.

But Sonoma was again plagued by turnovers and missed easy scoring opportunities, which enabled the visiting Trojans to go on a 22-6 fourth-quarter run and escaped the Valley with a stunning 61-51 season-finale win.

Before last Thursday’s varsity tip-off, Sonoma honored its five seniors, including Chavez, Vinny Albano, Jack Murphy, Brian Ruiz and Jesse Summers.

In their loss to Petaluma, the Dragons were paced by Summers’ game-high 17 points to go with eight rebounds; junior Cyle Gusse’s 13 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks; Albano’s 10 points and six rebounds; Chavez’s five points and two assists; junior Alex Gustafson’s three points, four rebounds and two assist; and Murphy’s three points and four rebounds.

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